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Saijo Inari (Saijo Inari-san Myokyoji Temple) (最上稲荷)

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.


Okayama Pref. Okayamashi Kita-ku Takamatsuinari 712 (OkayamaArea)

phone 0862873700

[Worship] Open 24 hours
[Garden] 9:30-15:00

Review of Saijo Inari

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Reviewed:2018/09/30 Ok
Its ok, great area sTo see, But, not very diferent from or compared to the others that i see in Tokyo or kyoto
Reviewed:2017/04/16 Fascinating Religious Fusion
Saijo Inari is one of the three main shrines in Japan dedicated to Inari, the god of crops and rice. However, it is also a Buddhist temple, and the juxtaposition is extremely fascinating for those...
Reviewed:2016/04/07 beautiful Buddhist temple
It is worth taking time to visit this shrine. There is parking [charged] and a reasonable walk through a shop lined alley to reach the shrine. Over the past 7 years, the shops have gradually closed...

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Okayama Pref. Okayamashi Kita-ku Takamatsuinari 712 [map]
[Worship] Open 24 hours
[Garden] 9:30-15:00
open everyday
[Garden Admission fee to worship]
[General] 300yen
[Students/Groups] 200yen
[Up to Elementary school student] Free
Parking Lot
Not available
* Private parking lot available (About 5,000 spaces)
Credit Card
Available (VISA, MasterCard, JCB, AMEX, UnionPay)

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN


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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.