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Kibitsu-jinja Shrine

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A shrine with close ties to the Legend of Momotaro, featuring an impressive 360m long corridor.

The inner and front shrines were reconstructed in 1425 and are designated National Treasures, as the only building in Japan to be reconstructed using the Kibitsu Zukuri architectural style. Kibitsu-jinja Shrine is home to some artifacts from the Kibitsuhiko-no-mikoto and Ura (ogre) legend, such as the stone where Kibitsuhiko-no-mikoto laid his arrows and the steel pot with the head of Ura sealed inside, so you can experience the setting of the legends. Many people visit to take part in the Narukama Shinji ritual, where the sound of the steaming pot is said to divine your fortune. The beautiful long corridor stretching out from the inner shrine is a highly valued historic building.

More Information about Kibitsu-jinja Shrine

Street address

931 Kibitsu, Kita-ku, Okayama City, Okayama


  • About 10 minutes by foot from Kibitsu Station on the JR Kibi Line

Opening Hours

Shrine grounds: 5:00–18:00 (reception is open from 9:00–15:00
*Applications for Goshuin and Gokito are available until 14:30)
Narukama Shinji ritual: 9:00-14:00 (closed every Friday)


Open all year round *the "Narukama Shinji" ritual does not take place on Fridays


Best season

All year


The south and north Zuishin Mon and Okamaden shrine are designated Important Cultural Properties of Japan and the corridor running from the inner shrine to the south main shrine is a designated Important Cultural Property of the prefecture.
Best time to see peonies: late April to early May
Best time to see Hydrangea in full bloom: mid June to early July

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