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Kibitsu-jinja Shrine (吉備津神社)

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.


Okayama Pref. Okayamashi Kita-ku Kibitsu 931 (OkayamaArea)

phone 0862874111

[Hours of Operation] 9:00-16:00
[Prayer] 9:00-14:00

Review of Kibitsu Shrine

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Reviewed:2019/12/21 Peaceful place to visit
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...
Reviewed:2019/07/01 We looked up once again to enjoy a view of this grand and mysterious old shrine.
We went to see Kibitsu-jinja Shinto shrine following Kibitsuhiko-jinja. As the website of the shrine says, it is unknown by whom and when the shrine was first constructed here. The earliest...
Reviewed:2019/06/08 Nice Shrine
Kibitsu Shrine is located on a mountain side and is about four train stops from Okayama train station on the Momotaro Line. The walk from the Kibitsu train station is about 15-20 minutes. The...

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Okayama Pref. Okayamashi Kita-ku Kibitsu 931 [map]
[Hours of Operation] 9:00-16:00
[Prayer] 9:00-14:00
open everyday
[Kamado] Friday
Precincts freedom
Parking Lot
Available (400 spaces)
* A rearranging fee will be charged from 1/1-1/5
Credit Card
Not available
Not available
Not available
Estimated stay time
0-60 minutes
Wheelchair accessible
Infant friendly

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN


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