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Kibitsu-jinja Shrine

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The inner and front shrines were reconstructed in 1425 and are designated National Treasures. In the autumn of 2008, their roofs were retiled after almost half a century.
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. Kibitsu-jinja is also famous for the "Narukama Shinji" ritual, where the sound of a steaming pot divines your fortune. According to the legend of Kibitsuhiko-no-mikoto, the head of Ura lies beneath the pot and its moaning tells of your fortune.

Street address

931 Kibitsu, Kita-ku, Okayama City, Okayama

Access

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

Opening Hours

Shrine grounds: 5:00-18:00
"Narukama Shinji" ritual: 9:00-14:00

Closed

Open everyday
"Narukama Shinji" ritual is not held on the 2nd Sun. of May, the 2nd Sun. of October, and Dec. 28

Fee

Free admission

Website

https://www.okayama-japan.jp/en/spot/782

Best season

All year

Point

The inner and front shrines are the only structures in Japan built with "kibitsu-zukuri" architecture. The 400m-long corridor running from the inner shrine to the south main shrine, and the south and north Zuishin Mon gates are designated Important Cultural Properties of Japan.
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