Kibitsu Shrine

Kibitsu Shrine, Okayama

Kibitsu Shrine
4.5
5:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
5:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
5:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
5:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
5:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
5:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
5:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
5:00 AM - 6:00 PM

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Zimminaroundtheworld
Okinawa Prefecture, Japan1,696 contributions
Beautiful Shrine and Area
Dec 2020
I visited the Kibitsu Shrine on my way to Okayama and was very impressed by this shrine. The shrine was massive and beautiful. There are huge parking lots that are free here. After parking I recommend walking to the main temple area, then the covered walkway, then cross the street to visit the other shrines and gardens in the small town. The whole area is well designed and beautiful. I was here on a Friday morning and it was not very crowded felt like I had the place to myself. The shrine is well protected and they take very good care of the property. I think this shrine is a must if in the area.
Written December 12, 2020
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Aung YeMun
Okayama, Japan170 contributions
Nice Shrine
Apr 2020
When I arrive there during winter, it's very cold. It is a quiet place. You can take many photos with different scenes. You can go there by bicycle.
Written July 14, 2020
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shahrul79
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia220 contributions
Peaceful place to visit
Dec 2019 • Solo
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 challenge as the train frequency is very low and there are no signages in English from the station. Google map will be the best help.
Written December 21, 2019
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tomizuta1953
Funabashi, Japan1,123 contributions
We looked up once again to enjoy a view of this grand and mysterious old shrine.
May 2019 • Couples
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 references to the shrine can be dated back to the 9th century. Historically the shrine enjoyed the patronage of many feudal lords. We went up the steps towards the main shrine (honden) area. Unfortunately, the Kita (north) Zuishin-mon gate was under refurbishment. We momentarily reached the haiden and main shrine (honden) area. People pray from the haiden to the honden. The honden building is a really majestic building. It is twice the size of the honden of the prominent Izumo Taisha and the second largest in the country. It took 25 years to be completed in 1425. It has a unique double roof named Kibitsu Style. The only other example, I understand is the Soshidou in Hokekyouji Temple in Chiba Prefecture, which was built more than two hundred years later. The haiden and honden was designed as a joint building according to the shrines website and have been jointly designated as a National Treasure. We went around the honden to view the Minami (south) Zuishin-mon gate. This building constructed in 1357 is the oldest existing building in the shrine. From there we went back to the haiden and proceeded to the Kairou. This is a wooden corridor about 400 meters long constructed in the late 16th century. We swerved to the right close to the end of the corridor to visit the Okama-den. This is a famous place where a ritual is performed to tell whether a wish can be granted. The description beside the building tells us of the origin of the ritual. The demon Ura that was slain by the shrine’s deity Ookibitsuhikonomikoto appeared in a dream and said “Cook offering rice in the pot (kama). If there will be good fortune, the pot will make a gentle noise, and in case of misfortune an angry noise.” You can pay 1,000 yen to be told whether your wish will be granted or not. We looked up once again to enjoy a view of this grand and mysterious old shrine.
Written July 1, 2019
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Harvey689
Alexandria, VA96 contributions
Nice Shrine
May 2019 • Couples
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 shrine is architecturally timeless and features a double gable roof line. Recommend to visit and spend about an hour walking the grounds.
Written June 7, 2019
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Barb & Harvest I
Saskatoon4 contributions
Beautiful gardens
Jun 2018
This was our first time here and were very impressed with the gardens and small but interesting museum .
Wonderful place for piece and quiet stroll
Written April 13, 2019
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Jack886
Taipei, Taiwan57 contributions
An old and famous Kibi District
Nov 2018 • Solo
This is my first time visiting Kibitsu Shrine, just located on the route of Kibi bicycle way. Beside the main temple, there is an over millions of years old corridor must look. This corridor is now one of national treasures of Japan..
Written January 15, 2019
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Frank v
Den Dolder, The Netherlands1,290 contributions
Large complex
Sep 2018 • Friends
Large temple complex with many shrines. Everything is well maintained and situated nice upon a hill. Nice place to walk for 1 or 2 hours and pass by all different shrines.
Written October 6, 2018
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Bernard W
Hong Kong, China46 contributions
Not outstanding
Jun 2018 • Solo
15 mins walk from train station

Your average Japanese shrine to visitors

Big hall not spectacular
Luckily run into a high school archery contest - good atmosphere!
Written June 7, 2018
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Kalleus
Finland130 contributions
Stunning area full of traditional Japanese elements
Jun 2017 • Family
Kibitsu shrine and it's surroundings are a stunning showing of the Japanese traditions and architecture. The surroundings are very variable and I love the overall mood in this place. I visited during a heavily rainy day and it wasn't a problem at all. I would even go and say that the rain made the area look oustandingly nice. On top the main shrine building, there are a lot of beautiful Shinto buildings and structures in the area, including a nice koi-filled pond. Nice play to walk and tour around. Definitely worth the visit!
Written May 12, 2018
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