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Peaceful, scenic

It was pretty quiet when I went. About 15 minutes on the local train from Okayama. Will only need... read more

Reviewed 23 December 2019
gseric
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Hong Kong, China
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The deity worshipped is Ookibitsuhikonomikoto, a mythical character that conquered the land of Kibi.

The present Okayama Prefecture together with the eastern part of Hiroshima Prefecture was a land... read more

Reviewed 28 June 2019
tomizuta1953
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Funabashi, Japan
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Reviewed 23 December 2019 via mobile

It was pretty quiet when I went. About 15 minutes on the local train from Okayama. Will only need at more an hour there. Just because of the tranquility, and the scenic mountains around it, well worth the effort I think.

Trains on weekday afternoons are only one an hour though. But I discovered a really nice home style cafe by the station, and had a nice lunch there.

Date of experience: December 2019
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Reviewed 5 December 2019 via mobile

Very peaceful place. You can have a relaxing hike in surrounding area and hill. Only few people if visiting on December as we did.

Date of experience: December 2019
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Reviewed 29 June 2019

The present Okayama Prefecture together with the eastern part of Hiroshima Prefecture was a land known as Kibi until it was split into three administrative districts by the Yamato Imperial Court in around the 7th century. The closest district to Nara and Kyoto was Bizen, “zen” meaning “front”, which covered the cities of present day Okayama, Setouchi and Bizen. The second closest was Bicchuu, “chuu” meaning “middle” covering present day Takahashi and Kurashiki, and the farthest Bingo, “go” meaning “behind”, covering the Fukuyama and Onomichi area. We had planned to visit Kibitsu-jinja Shinto shrine in Okayama City between Okayama Airport and Central Okayama, where Nakayama, a mountain 175 meters high is worshipped, but we learned on this occasion that actually there is another Shinto shrine worshipping Nakayama, Kibitsuhiko-jinja.Kibitsu-jinja protects the north western side and Kibitsuhiko-jinja the north eastern side. We first visited Kibitsuhiko-jinja. The deity worshipped is Ookibitsuhikonomikoto, a mythical character that conquered the land of Kibi by order of the Imperial Court. It is unknown from when this shrine has existed but as the sun at summer equinox rises from the middle of the front torii gate and moves to the main shrine building the origin may have been some kind of sun worship as the shrine website tells us. The border of Bizen and Bicchuu is in the middle of Kibitsuhiko-jinja and Kibitsu-jinja, so some assume Kibitsuhiko-jinja was at some stage split from Kibitsu-jinja which as a Shinto shrine is older. We viewed the main shrine (honden) from ouside. The honden built in 1697 survived the fire of 1930 but most of the shrine buildings were rebuilt in 1936. There was a beautiful water garden in front of the shrine. We also viewed the grand Zuishin-mon gate built in 1697, where two deities protect the shrine from invaders.

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed 16 January 2019

This very old shrine also know as Mototaro Shrine, a very famous shrine at old Kibi District. The shrine is just located not far from JR Bizen-Ichinomiya Station. You can also rent a bicycle here for easy and comfortable sightseeing

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 7 October 2018

A very nice larger shrine with garden surrounding it. During a cycling tour it's easy to visit this shrine along with other shrines and temples.

Date of experience: September 2018
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