Saijo Inari, a precious temple where Shinto and Buddha practices remain, is also popular

saijo Inari

Introduction of Saijo Inari

Top Inari (Saijo Inari) is in Okayama, Okayama Prefecture, Kita-ku, Nichiren in the temple of the sect, the official name, called a top Inariyama strange Kyotera. Along with
Fushimi Inari and Toyokawa Inari , it is also considered one of the three major Inari in Japan.

Founded in 752, it is said that Hoon Daishi received a royal decree to cure the illness of Emperor Koken and prayed and practiced on the tatami rocks on the hillside of Ryuo Mountain.
At that time, the Emperor was completely relieved, experiencing the highest Sutra King Bodhisattva.
Later, Emperor Kanmu’s prayer for sickness, as well as donations such as the construction of temples, will become the emperor’s prayer place.

During the Warring States period, when Hideyoshi Hashiba invaded China (Mori attack), he seemed to be on the side of the Mori family .

However, it seems that Yasuyuki Hanabo, who became 8000 stones in Keicho 6 (1601) in the early Edo era, invites Japanese Yen Saints from the Kanto region and revived as “Inariyama Myogyoji Temple", converted from Tendai sect to Nichiren sect. .

Saijo Inari Sightseeing

The current main shrine (Reikoden) was built in 1979, but it is a rather large building.


The Rei-no-den Honden (former Honden) in the back was built in 1741 in the Edo period.

In the Meiji era, the destruction of the Buddha was abolished, but during the separation of Shinto and Buddha, it is a precious Inari that has been specially permitted to be a Shinto and Buddhist ceremony.

There was a 77-end shrine, so I wanted to ask for incense, but I couldn’t find a fire and gave up.
Thirty-three cases, including the main hall (Nemoto Oido), are registered as registered tangible cultural properties of the country.

It is popular with “the best who has mysterious benefits" such as business prosperity, home safety, and traffic safety.
I think this kind of prayer and New Year’s visit to Shinto shrine is a popular power spot where about 600,000 worshipers visit saijo Inari during New Year’s visit.
Well, basically, even if you go to a temple for a shrine visit, it’s not a strange story at all.

In addition, bean sowing is also performed at Setsubun.

Transportation to the Saijo Inari

It is a 5-minute taxi ride from Bichu-Takamatsu Station on the JR Momotaro Line (Kibi Line).
From JR Okayama Station, take a bus for Inariyama for 30 minutes, get off at the terminal and walk uphill for 10 minutes.
The parking lot is 5,000 ordinary cars including the surrounding private parking lot.
Usually, free parking near saijo Inari is available.

It is about 15 minutes by car from Kibitsu Shrine .

The normal season is 5: 30-19: 00 in the morning.

Also, Kusado Inari Shrine , close to Fukuyama Castle , is also known as Japan’s three largest Inari. Okayama is relatively blessed with sightseeing spots, so please try it with other sightseeing spots.
Map of Saijo Inari