The Kiyone Village district of Soja City is a close-knit rural community that is situated along the Takahashi River. Famous for its fruit production, which includes grapes, peaches and persimmons, it is home to the rather conspicuous Karube Shrine (popularly referred to as the boob shrine), which is dedicated to the reproductive well-being of women.
Another extremely well-loved attraction is Nomaru Engei. This farmer’s market is spacious and diverse, with a grocery, food stalls and a garden center. There is an unmistakable festival atmosphere everyday.
Every year on the last Saturday of July, from 3pm-9pm, locals and visitors gather for the Seiryu Festival, which is held on a field on the banks of the river. This summer festival features performances by music groups, a dance contest and several traditional Japanese circle dances. The finale includes a fireworks display.
About the Area
Soja is an inland city in southwestern Okayama Prefecture. It is borders the cities of Okayama, Kurashiki, Takahashi and Ibara and the towns of Kibichuo and Yakage. This unique geographic position has meant that the city has always been deeply intertwined in regional cultural and political affairs.
With a name that literally means “all shrines”, it would be easy to assume that the city contains a lot of them and you would be correct. However, in many ways, Soja is very much a temple town, in that there are two major ones near the city center.
One of the most interesting parts of the city is the old shopping street that runs parallel to Route 180. There, you will find clues to life in the Meiji era in the stories told through its homes and storefronts.
Access: Take the Hakubi Line fro JR Okayama Station to JR Kiyone Station. The Kiyone Kasenshiki Ground is about a 10 minute walk from JR Kiyone Station.
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