Saijo Inari (Saijo Inari-san Myokyoji Temple)

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.

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Okayama Pref. Okayamashi Kita-ku Takamatsuinari 712 map map Map
[Worship] Open 24 hours
[Garden] 9:30-15:00
open everyday
[Garden Admission fee][General]300yen[Students/Organizations]200yen[Up to elementary school student]Free
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※Private parking available around
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Available (VISA, MasterCard, JCB, AMEX, DISCOVER, Diners Club)
※Only at the shop 'Good luck shop Yukari'

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN


  • visited in the middle of a rainstorm and had it all to ourselves.
    4.0 Reviewed : 2021.02.22
    i dont remember how we came to visit this temple, rebuilt in 1600.its not in my was raining on our second day in okayama, so we hired a cab and off we went.we were staying at the...
  • Ok
    3.0 Reviewed : 2018.09.30
    Its ok, great area sTo see, But, not very diferent from or compared to the others that i see in Tokyo or kyoto
  • Fascinating Religious Fusion
    5.0 Reviewed : 2017.04.16
    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...

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