An ecclectic shrine with Shinto and Buddhist influences

Saijo Inari Shrine

The main shrine

ABOUT THE SHRINE

Saijo Inari is a shrine dedicated to the god of fertility and wealth. Foxes are also associated with this deity. Inari is worshiped in Shinto and Buddhist traditions in Japan and Okayama’s Saijo Inari, the two religious traditions seemed to converge. this is visible through the mix of architectural styles evident throughout the grounds. There is also a gate complex that is reminiscent of the stupas of India.

ABOUT THE AREA

Okayama City is perhaps best known for its black ‘crow castle’ which is located adjacent to Kourakuen Garden, but this recently specially designated city is undergoing rapid change and growth which has created new attractions for visitors.

Since 2010 the city has been divided into four wards or ku; Higashi (east), Minami (south),Kita (north) and Naka (central). Kita-ku is by far the most populous and is where City Hall is located. The focal point of Higashi-ku is Saidaiji, which hosts the annual Hadaka Matsuri or Naked Man Festival. Minami-ku is a rural district on the Seto Inland Sea, where spectacular sunsets seem to occur daily. Okayama Castle and Korakuen Garden can be found in Naka-ku.

Momotaro Odori is the central boulevard that runs from the east side of Okayama Station toward the museum-rich Cultural Zone. The Prefectural Museum of Art, located a few blocks off the end of Momotaro Odori, showcases Japanese artists and regularly exhibits works on consignment from international museums and private collections.

Not to be confused with The Prefectural Museum of Art, The Prefectural Museum, situated opposite the entrance to Korakuen Garden, is the best place to get a feel for the history of Okayama from ancient times to the modern era.

Okayama Station is at the heart of the city. Besides being the transportation hub, it is a nexus for shopping and dining. Hop off a train or bus and into a fashionable shop or restaurant. Shopping opportunities abound near the station with AEON MALL and BIC CAMERA just minutes away on foot.

Okayama City is modern and increasingly metropolitan. Possessing brilliant amenities, the city is cradled by the mountains, hills and rivers that define its landscape.

Cancellation Policy

1) Detailed tour information & conditions will be given after application is made; please read and confirm the final itinerary before the departure date.
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4) Cancellation fees: When the application is cancelled by the customer or when payment has not been made by the specified date, Ryobi Tours shall receive a percentage of the per person tour fee as a cancellation fee, or a penalty fee. Differences in room charges that result from one person in a group cancelling shall be charged to the participating person(s).

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