(Origin of Okayama)
Okayama Shrine is the main Shinto shrine for the central Okayama City. First built in A.D. 860, Okayama Shrine was located in where Okayama Castle now stands. This place was called “Okayama”. In 1573, when Feudal Lord Ukita started constructing the new castle, the shrine was relocated to the current location. The main and the front shrines were built by Ukita. The deity of Okayama Shrine had been worshiped as the guardian of the castle during Lord Ikeda’s rule (1603 – 1868). In 1941, the roof of Okayama Shrine was retiled, the sanctuary was repaired, and offices were added. In 1945, during World WarⅡ, most of the buildings except for the shrine gate were burned down by air raids. After the devastating war, the main shrine was reconstructed in 1958. In 1975, the front shrine was added, and in 1988 the hall and the office were completed. Today, Okayama Shrine is revered and worshiped by many people as the deity of the city.
The Shrine Gate
The gate is one of the few of original buildings that was built during and before the Edo Era(1603 – 1858) in Okayama. It was built in 1745 by Feudal Lord, Tsugumasa Ikeda. It is designated as a historically important property of the city.
The main deity :
Yamato Totobi Momosohimeno Mikoto
The princess of Emperor Korei, the seventh Emperor, and also the sister of Kibituhiko (the model of Momotaro). According to the legend, she had a strong psychic ability and wisdom, and she controlled an epidemic with prophecy.
Other Deities :
Yamato Takeruno Mikoto
Takeyasubino Mikoto (Lord Mitsumasa Ikeda, the third lord of Okayama Domain)
Festivals and Events
- January 1st
- New Year celebration
- 2nd Monday in January
- Otsuna Matsuri
(Rope Dragon Festival)
- February 3rd
(Soy bean throwing festival)
- Mid April
- The Spring Festival
(Praying for a good harvest and prosperity)
- End of July
- Chinowa Kuguri
(Pampas Grass Festival for purification)
- Mid October
- The Autum Festival
(Gratitude for the good harvest and prosperity)
- Mid November
(The festival for children aged seven, five, and three)
- End of December
- Year End Purification
How to give a prayer at a Shinto shrine.
Bow once before walking through the torii (shrine gate).
Keep in mind that you are entering a sacred place.
Purify your hands at the water place.
Move forward to an offering box.
Throw your offering softly into the box.
Bow twice, clap twice and bow once.
Proceed back down the stairs.
Then you can go to the reception of the shrine office
to purchase items such as amulets or walk around the precinct.
- Guide Map
- Deity of business (Seiko Inari Shrine, Hiyoshi Shrine)
- The Shrine Gate (Zuijin-mon)
- Deity of business (Inari Shrine)
- The Water Place (Temizu-sya)
- Deity of academic achievement (Tenmangu Shrine)
- The Reception
- Deity of fire (Kojinjya Shrine)
- The Front Shrine (Haiden)
- Seventeen shrines (Jyu-nana sya Shrine)
- The Main Shrine (Honden)
- Contemporary Art Works