Shrine Spots in Okayama Area

  • Kibitsu-jinja Shrine
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    4.5
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    Okayama Pref. Okayamashi Kita-ku Kibitsu 931
    A Shinto shrine primarily dedicated to Kibitsu-hiko-no-mikoto, a prince who subjugated rebels and brought peace and order to this area as one of the four mighty Shido Shogun. Kibitsu-hiko-no-mikoto is also known as the model for the legend of Momotaro, one of Japan’s most popular folktales. The shrine is one of the largest in the old San’yodo area. The front shrine and main shrine, built in the hiyoku irimoya-zukuri style, are designated National Treasures, and were rebuilt in 1425 by the shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu. Must-see highlights include the shrine’s roughly 400 meter long covered gallery, and the various flowers which grow on the grounds year round. The shrine is famous for the Narukama Shinji, a ritual in which the whistling of a steaming iron pot is used for fortune telling purposes. The nearest station is Kibitsu Station.

    Visited on Saturday and was surprised to see not many people. It was a peaceful stroll because there were not many people. The famed long corridor is quite impressive. Getting there can be a little...

  • Kibitsuhiko-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    152 Reviews
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    Okayama Pref. Okayamashi Kita-ku Ichinomiya 1043
    This shrine is located at the foot of Kibi no Nakayama in the Ichinomiya area of Kita Ward, Okayama City. The main shrine building is on the site of the residence of Okibitsuhiko no mikoto, who suppressed Kibi no Kuni, and has him as the principal shrine god. The shrine is also called “Asahi no Miya” (shrine of the morning sun) because the sun rises directly in front of the main torii gate and enters the mirror in the shrine on the summer solstice.

    It was pretty quiet when I went. About 15 minutes on the local train from Okayama. Will only need at more an hour there. Just because of the tranquility, and the scenic mountains around it, well...

  • Achi-jinja Shrine
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    Okayama Pref. Kurashikishi Honmachi 12-1
    This shrine stands atop a small hill in a corner of the Bikan Historical Quarter. The land is connected with the family of Achi no Omi, who came to Japan from the Korean Peninsula during the time of Emperor Ojin and helped develop Kibi Province, the predecessor to modern-day Okayama, with new technologies. The shrine grounds are home to the largest Akebono wisteria tree in the country; the best time to visit is when the tree is in bloom, from the end of April through May. The shrine sells Achi no Fujimori charms which contain wisteria seeds and are said to bring long life and good health.

    High up in the hill overlooking Kurashiki, this Shrine is beautiful and quiet. We went in the evening near sunset. Explore the garden path going up or down the hill. A long staircase also can be used...

  • Yakuyoke Sohonzan Yuga-jinja Shrine Hongu (Mt. Yuga)
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    Okayama Pref. Kurashikishi Kojimayuga 2852
    This shrine is located in the Kojima Yuga area of Kurashiki City. The main shrine of the 52 Yuga shrines in Japan, the yakuyoke no sohonzan (head temple of warding off evil) is also known as one of Japan’s three top incarnations of buddha. Yugasan Rendai-ji Temple was founded in 733 by Gyoki, is became the sacred mountain for the mixing of Buddhism and Shinto. There is the custom of visiting both Mt. Yuga and Kagawa’s Kotohiragu Shrine for high divine blessings.

    I thought this was a nice stop away from the hustle and bustle of a city. The view was good - especially during cherry blossom time. We received a personal from a monk around the residence area which...

  • Bicchu Soja Shrine
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    22 Reviews
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    Okayama Soja-shi Soja 2-18-1
    A five-minute walk from JR Higashi-Soja Station. Located in the central part of Soja City this shrine is the origin of the name for both the city and the station. It's establishment is unknown but it's said that during the late Heian period to curtail pilgrimage times requirements 324 shrines were established together throughout the Bicchu region and that they then began performing religious rites together. Alongside the principle deity of the shrine, Onamochi-no-Mikoto (another name of Okuninushi-no-Mikoto), his wife Suseribime-no-Mikoto and 324 other gods are enshrined in the shrine. The shrine garden follows and ancient pattern and is said to have been used as a reference when Korakuen garden was built during the Edo period.

    Soja Shrine is right in the city and very close to the station. We had not a lot of time before our train and the end of our bicycle rental period, but we had plenty of time to thoroughly visit the...

  • Isonokami Futsumitama-jinja Shrine
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    Okayama Pref. Akaiwashi Ishikami 1448
    This shrine is located in Ishikami, Akaiwa City. Besides being dedicated to Susanoo no Mikoto (Shinto god of the sea and storms), it also enshrines the sword the god used to vanquish Yamato no Orochi (legendary eight-headed and eight-tailed dragon) as an object of worship. The main shrine is located on the summit of the mountain behind the shrine.

    明治時代まではスサノオがヤマタノオロチを退治したときに用いた剣「天羽々斬剣(あめのはばきりのつるぎ)」がご神体だったという。変わった神社名だが、この剣は「布都斯魂剣(ふつしみたまのつるぎ)」と呼ばれることもあるから、これが起源かもしれない。さらに天羽々斬剣は最古の神宮とされる石上神宮(奈良県天理市)に移されており、「石上」の名も何か共通項がありそうだ。場所は自動車でなければ参拝が難しい山中だ。さ...

  • Nakayama-jinja Shrine
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    Okayama Pref. Tsuyamashi Ichinomiya 695
    This shrine is located in Ichinomiya, Tsuyama City. Said to have been built in 707, it is dedicated to Kagamitsukuri no Kami (god of mirror-making). It has been devoutly worshipped since long ago as the highest ranked temple in Mimasaka Province, and was rebuilt by Izumo castle lord Amago Haruhisa after it burned down in the 16th century. The main shrine is a nationally-designated important cultural property.

    津山市にある中山神社の奥に鎮座する神社。奥といっても、短いが結構な山道を歩いてたどりつく。神社というよりも祠のイメージだ。今昔物語の「中山の猿」の霊を祀るというが、祭神は猿田彦だという。庚申信仰と結びついてか、つるし飾りのサルが多数奉納されている。

  • Onsen Yakushido
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    Okayama Pref. Maniwashi Yubaraonsen 24
    Onsen Yakushido is a temple devoted to Yakushi Nyorai, the Buddha of healing, located in the hot spring resort area of Yubara Onsen in the city of Maniwa. The votive image is an image of Yakushi Nyorai traditionally described as “about as big as one’s little finger.” It is revealed for public viewing on May 8 of each year during the temple’s Flower Festival.
  • Ushimado Shrine
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    Okayama Pref. Setouchishi Ushimadochoushimado 2147
    Ushimado Shrine is located in Ushimado, Ushimado -cho in the city of Setouchi. Some of the earliest members of the Imperial family are enshrined here, including Emperor Ojin and Empress Jingu. A long flight of stone steps leads up from the torii gate near Ushimado Swimming Beach to the shrine, and on the way up the steps, there is an observation point where one can enjoy the view of the ocean off Ushimado.
  • Yagui no Miya Shrine
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    Okayama Okayama-shi Kita-ku Takatsuka
    This small shrine is close to Okayama Soja Interchange off the Okayama Expressway. Legends say this is where Kibitsu-hiko-no-mikoto, thought to be the basis for the story of Momotaro, fired the arrow split a boulder thrown by the ogre, Ura. A giant granite boulder found near the torii gate is said to be the one from the story, while the giant bamboo growing nearby is believed to have grown from Kibitsu's arrow. Kibitsu-jinja shrine is located where Kibitsu-hiko-no-mikoto quartered his army, and Yagui no Miya Shrine is midway between there and Oni no Jo, where Ura had his fortress. The stream running in front of the shrine is called Chisuigawa (blood sucking river), from the legend that says this river formed from the blood spilled when Kibitsu-hiko-no-mikoto's arrow pierced Ura's left eye.
  • Gion Shrine
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    Okayama Kurashiki-shi Shimotsui 1-13-16
    A six-minute drive from the Kojima Interchange on the Seto Chuo Expressway. Perched on a hill on the western side of Shimotsui Port, this shrine is on the grounds of the former Nagahama Castle. It was founded during the Muromachi period as Nagahama-miya Shrine to house the local tutelary god of the castle but then in the Edo period the god Gion Okami was transferred to the shrine and the name of the shrine changed to Gion Shrine. As a guardian of the sea, Kitamaebune shipping route sailors donated the tamagaki fence that surrounds the shrine as a prayer for safety and it bears the names of the sailors. The grounds of the shrine offer a great view point of both the Seto Ohashi Bridge and the port. Around here, you will find many monuments engraved with poems about Shimotsui and Setouchi composed by poets and novelists who visited this town.
  • Shizutani Shrine
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    Okayama Bizen Shizutani 784
    A five-minute drive from JR Yoshinaga Station. This shrine is located on the site of the former Shizutani School. In 1686 the spirit and image of Ikeda Mitsumasa, the founder of the Shizutani School and first lord of the Bizen Okayama Domain, were enshrined and the shrine took the name of Houretsushi. In 1875 Mitsumasa's grandfather Terumasa and father Toshitaka were also enshrined in the shrine and the name was changed to Shizutani Shrine. Due to the Confucian Temple standing to the west the shrine is also sometimes called the Eastern-Temple. The eight buildings of the shrine including the hall of worship, hall of offerings, and inner sanctuary have been designated as Important Cultural Properties of Japan. The gilt bronze image of Mitsumasa enshrined in the inner sanctuary was cast in 1704.
  • Musashi Shrine
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    Okayama Mimasaka-shi Miyamoto 968
    A 15-minute walk from the Miyamoto-Musashi Station on the Chizu Express or a 20-minute drive from the Sayo Interchange. This shrine is located just south of the Musashi Museum and Miyamoto Musashi's Childhood Home. As the name suggests enshrined is the spirit of Miyamoto Musashi, the famous sword-saint from the early Edo period. Ever since it was built in 1971 great numbers of visitors have come to pray for success or victory. Located nearby the shrine is the family tomb and the stone wall of the main building contains a heart shaped stone that was excavated nearby that has become known as a power spot for romance fulfillment. The shrine's victory amulets are very popular.
  • Wake Shrine
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    3.5
    20 Reviews
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    Okayama Wake-gun Wakecho Fujino 1385

    近くの藤公園や桜の名所として知られる和気神社だが、1月-3月には椿の一種である太郎冠者(タロウカジャ)や侘助(ワビスケ)が境内で咲き誇る。3月2日に見に行ったが、本殿の周りに淡いピンクの花が控えめに咲いていた。神社によると、境内や参道に約120本植わっているという。太郎冠者は侘助の原種とされるが、素人目には区別はつかない。織田信長の弟で文化人として知られた織田有楽斎が好んだことから有楽椿とも。さ...

  • Okayama Gokoku Shrine
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    15 Reviews
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    Okayama Okayama-shi Naka-ku Okuichi 3-21

    護国神社は日本全国にありますが、こちらもその一つで、岡山県出身、もしくは縁故のある英霊をお祀りしています。参道には8月15日に最後の特攻に出撃した宇垣纏提督と十七士を祀る菊水慰霊碑などもあります。

  • Tokumori Shrine
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    11 Reviews
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    Okayama Tsuyama-shi Miyawaki Cho 5

    津山城の西側にありました。津山総鎮守とのことで、参道から本殿まで、全て立派で荘厳でした。建物内に飾られていた御神輿が素敵で驚きました。

  • Tamai Miya Toshogu Shrine Company office
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    Okayama Okayama-shi Naka-ku Higashiyama 1-chome 3-81

    岡山電気軌道の終点である東山駅から少し山を登ったところにある神社です。山道や境内が緑深くていとをかし。

  • Sakura Shrine
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    Okayama Tsuyama-shi Jingo 433

    津山市街から西へ3-4キロ。自転車で訪ねましたが、かなりハードです。 美作国守護の館があった場所で、後醍醐天皇が隠岐に流される際、ここに宿泊したという場所。明治になってから、後醍醐天皇と忠臣、児島高徳を祭神として建てられた神社です。 周囲に児島高徳関係の像や碑があって、そっちの方も見どころです。

  • Munetada Shrine
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    7 Reviews
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    Okayama Okayama-shi Kita-ku Kaminakano 1-chome 3-10

    We held our wedding here so obviously, i feel a bit special about it. My wife grew up nearby so was an easy choice. They accommodated our over-large groups of foreign guests and were patient showing...

  • Anni Shrine
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    Okayama Okayama-shi Higashi-ku Saidaijiichinomiya 895

    岡山市西大寺から牛窓に向かう途中に位置する神社です。とても自然が多く山深いところに位置していて雰囲気が良いです。

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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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