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Kibiji and Momotaro

Momotaro is one of Japan’s most famous classic tales. Around Kibitsujinja Shrine, many shrines and other locations are named after Kibitsuhiko-no-Mikoto—considered the model for Momotaro—the legendary prince who rid the area of the demon Ura, making the area a popular tourist attraction.

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The Tale of Momotaro

BRONZE-MOMOTAROU

Once upon a time there lived an old man and his wife. One day, the old man’s wife
picked a large peach from the river and brought it home. As the wife cut into the
peach, a baby boy popped out. They named the boy Momotaro. When Momotaro
grew up, he set about ridding the area of all the demons plaguing the locals.
During his adventures, Momotaro met a dog, a monkey, and a pheasant, and
shared with them a kibidango (dumplings coated with soybean flour). Thus
Momotaro and the animals became friends and worked together to fight the
demons. With their combined strength, Momotaro and his animal friends were able
to drive away all of the demons from the area, and the old man and his wife lived
happily ever after.

Kibi Dango

Kibi Dango ▲

The story of Kibitsuhiko-no-Mikoto and the demon Ura—an Okayama original tale—is said to be the inspiration for Momotaro.

Kibi Dango

Kibitsuhiko and Ura ▲

Kibitsujinja Shrine

Kibitsujinja Shrine

Kibitsujinja Shrine offers visitors spectacular views, from the Honden-Haiden main hall, a National Treasure, to the magnificent 360 m long corridor.
The shrine is also closely associated with the myth of driving out demons, believed to have inspired the famous Japanese folk tale “Momotaro.”

Kibi Dango

The amulets available at the shrine are in the shape of a peach.

Narukawa Shinto Ritual

This ritual is said to be able to tell the good fortunes of worshippers through the sound of a cooker (kama) coming to boil (naru). Legend has it that a demon's neck was buried beneath the cooker.

Narukawa Shinto Ritual

Location 931 Kibitsu, Kita Ward, Okayama City
Telephone Number 086-287-4111
Opening Hours 5:00 am - 6:00 pm
Closed No closing days
Fee/Fare (in Japanese yen) Free
Access 16 minutes on conventional lines from JR Okayama Sta. to JR Kibitsu Sta., and then 10 minutes on foot
Website http://www.kibitujinja.com/

Kibitsuhikojinja Shrine

Kibitsuhikojinja Shrine

Kibitsuhikojinja Shrine—believed to at one point have been Kibitsuhiko-no-Mikoto’s mansion—is dedicated to worshipping the legendary prince. The beautiful way in which the sun falls on the front of the shrine during the summer solstice makes this a popular destination as a spot for good fortune.

Location 1043 Ichinomiya, Kita Ward, Okayama
Telephone Number 086-284-0031
Opening Hours 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Closed No closing days
Fee/Fare (in Japanese yen) Free
Access 13 minutes on conventional lines from JR Okayama Sta. to JR Bizen-Ichinomiya Sta., and then 5 minutes on foot
Website http://www.kibitsuhiko.or.jp/

Saijo Inari

Saijo Inari Saijo Inari

Saijo Inari is one of Japan’s three top Inari shrines and features an enormous 27.5 m tall torii. In addition to being famous for bringing good fortune in business, the shrine is a popular destination for divine assistance with both creating and ending relationships. Located atop a small mountain, Saijo Inari overlooks the Kibi Plain and includes an approach leading through Monzenmachi, an area lined with various shops offering a variety of goods and souvenirs.

Location 712 Takamatsuinari, Kita Ward, Okayama City
Telephone Number 086-287-3700
Opening Hours Not specified
Closed No closing days
Fee/Fare (in Japanese yen) Free
Access 5 minutes by taxi from JR Bitchu-Takamatsu Sta.
Website http://www.inari.ne.jp/en/

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