Watch the sun rising from this time honored shrine at the birthplace of a famous Japanese fairy tale
(C) Okayama Prefectural Tourist FederationKibitsuhiko Shrine, at the foot of Kibi Nakayama, in a downtown area near Bizen Ichinomiya Station, has been familiar to people of the community through the ages. The shrine is said to have been built where Kibitsuhiko-no-mikoto, an ancient general of Japan, lived. It has many historically important facilities on its grounds. The stately and gorgeous inner shrine was rebuilt in 1697 following a construction method from the 7th and 8th centuries. Buildings other than the inner shrine and zuijin-mon gate were lost to fire in 1930. The buildings we see now are reconstructions made in 1936.
There is a sacred tree, a Heian cedar that is believed to be over 1000 years old, on the grounds. It is said that a dragon lives in the cedar and visitors are seen offering prayers to the tree. The hall of worship at the center is a place where the god listens to people's prayers. Koyasu Shrine to the west is said to bless people with relationships, children, and safe delivery and child-rearing.
The Adventure of Momotaro is a fairy tale known by all Japanese. It is said that the legend of overcoming demons derived from the victory of Kibitsuhiko-no-mikoto over Ura. A statue of Momotaro is on the grounds to celebrate the legend.
Address: Ichinomiya, Kita-ku, Okayama City, Okayama
Hours open to visitors: 8:30-17:00
Admission Fee: Free entrance to the grounds
Directions: 3 minutes on foot from Bizen Ichinomiya on the JR Kibi Line (one hour and 30 minutes from Shin-Osaka Station). (Car) 3 minutes from the smart interchange in Kibi SA on the Sanyo Expressway (parking available).