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Temple Spots in Okayama Area

  • Saijo Inari (Saijo Inari-san Myokyoji Temple)
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    Okayama Pref. Okayamashi Kita-ku Takamatsuinari 712
    A Nichiren Buddhist temple located in Kita Ward, Okayama City, Okayama Prefecture officially known as the Saijo Inari-san Myokyoji Temple. Founded around 785 by the great priest Ho’on, despite being a Buddhist temple rather than a Shinto shrine, the Saijo Inari is considered one of Japan’s three largest Inari temples. The temple survived the anti-Buddhist movement of the Meiji period unscathed. Permitted to engage in rituals syncretizing Buddhism and Shintoism, the temple is a rare example of an Inari “shrine” which follows Buddhist traditions. The temple grounds are marked by Shinto torii gates and the main temple building is built in the Shinto jingu style. Since ancient times, the temple has been believed to grant worshipers a variety of benefits, including prosperity in business, better fortunes, and traffic safety.

    Its ok, great area sTo see, But, not very diferent from or compared to the others that i see in Tokyo or kyoto

  • Bitchukokubun-ji Temple
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    Okayama Pref. Soujashi Kambayashi 1046
    This is a temple located in Kanbayashi, Soja City. It is one of the Kokubun-ji temples built nationally by the imperial command of Emperor Shomu in the Nara period. The present temple was rebuilt in the Edo period. The five-storied pagoda in the precincts is the only one in Okayama Prefecture and is designated as an Important Cultural Property. Its towering appearance is also called the symbol of Kibiji Road.
  • Raikyuji Temple
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    Okayama Pref. Takahashishi Raikyujichou 18
    "A 15-minute walk from Bitchu-Takahashi Station on the JR Hakubi Line. This is one of the Ankokuji temples established by the shogun Ashikaga Takauji. The temple is the 13th temple on the Setouchi 33 Kannon Pilgrimage and its principal object of worship is a statue of Avalokitesvara. The temple's central rock garden, featuring a symbolic depiction of legendary Mt. Penglai, was created around 1605 by Bitchu Province magistrate Kobori Masakazu and was designated a National Place of Scenic Beauty in 1974. Nicknamed ""The Crane and Tortoise Garden,"" the garden features symbolic depictions of a crane island and two turtle islands floating in a sea of white sand, with pruned satsuki azaleas representing waves; Mt. Atago stands in the distance, providing a stunning backdrop."

    The temple is modest, the garden is gorgeous :400 years old and still respecting the creators design

  • Iyama Hofukuji Temple
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    Okayama Pref. Soujashi Ijirino 1968
    This Zen temple of the Rinzai sect Tofukuji School is famous for being associated with the master painter Sesshu, and is located approximately a 15-minute drive from the Okayama Soja Interchange off of the Okayama Expressway. It commemorates an occasion in Sesshu's childhood when he is said to have depicted a mouse with his tears, thereby impressing the head priest. This Zen temple was one of the influential centers in spreading the religion into the Saikoku region. That which was an old thorn of the Tendai Sect, whose founder is Nichirin Daiajari, Donnan priest took and made it into a new temple in 1232 during the Kamakura era. Throughout the year regularly scheduled zazen meditation events are held but visitors, who wish, may also participate in Zen meditation sessions.
  • Saidaiji Temple
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    28 Reviews
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    Okayama Pref. Okayamashi Higashi-ku Saidaijinaka 3-8-8
    About a 10-minute walk from the Saidaiji Station on the Ako Line, this temple is said to be established in 751 when Princess Fujiwarano Minataru of Kuga manor built a thatched hut in Kanaoka-no-go in which she placed a thousand-armed Kannon deity. Within the precinct are many things to see, such as the three-tier pagoda that is a prefectural Important Cultural Property, a Korean Bell that is a National Important Cultural Property, and the ushidama deities, which are a Tangible Cultural Property. Every year the Eyo - Hadaka Festival is held on the third Saturday of February, which is considered to be one of Japan's three unusual ritual festivals. Having its roots in the Nara period, during this festival brave male believers garbed only in loin clothes compete and scramble for a treasure stick in the main temple.

    A 20-minute train ride from Okayama station and a kilometre flat walk from Saidaiji station, we found this famous temple almost deserted late morning. It was hard to imagine it thronged with...

  • Shingon Sect Bekkaku Honzan Yugasan Rendaiji Temple
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    Okayama Pref. Kurashikishi Kojimayuga 2855
    This temple is located in the Kojima Yuga area of Kurashiki City. It was built in 733 by Gyoki with the 11-headed Kanzeon Bodhisattva as its principal image. It is believed to by the sacred mountain for the mixing of Buddhism and Shinto that is adjacent to the Yugasan Shrine known as the head temple for warding off evil.

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  • Yugasanrendaiji
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    Okayama Pref. Kurashikishi Kojimayuga 2855
  • Shorenji Temple
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    Okayama Takahashi-shi Kamidanicho 4102
  • Sakuramotoji Temple
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    Okayama Maniwa-shi Ushirodani 1192
  • Bodaiji Temple
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    Okayama Katsuta-gun Nagicho Ko En
  • Unsenji Temple
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    Okayama Takahashi-shi Ujicho Anada 2599
  • Iwayaji Temple
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    Okayama Soja-shi Okusaka
  • Itokuji Temple
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    Okayama Kasaoka-shi Kasaoka 5418
  • Fukujuin
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    Okayama Bizen-shi
  • Tokakuji Temple
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    Okayama Setouchi-shi
  • Ryomen Yakushido
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    Okayama Asakuchi-shi
  • Jokamachi Taka Yana no Jisha Meguri
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    Okayama Takahashi-shi Kamidanicho , Wadamachi

Okayama Main Areas

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Overshadowed by Hiroshima to the west and the Kansai region to the east, Okayama is an easy spot to miss but a nature-rich gem where the Seto Inland Sea laps at its toes and peach and grape farms complete its interior. One of Japan’s Three Great Gardens, Koraku-en in Okayama city is well worth a visit before progressing to Kurashiki, where preserved wooden Edo buildings line the picturesque canal.

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