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Okayama, the Birthplace of the Legend of Momotaro
Ancient Kibi Heritage Conveying Tales of Demon Slaying

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Okayama, historically known as Kkibi, was the area with an ancient mountain castle called Kinojo (Demon Castle) and an enormous gravesite with many huge stones . This was the setting for the legend of the god Kibitsuhiko-no-Mikoto casting out the demon named Ura. The ancient castle, built on the cliff, was said to be the home of the demon and, the enormous rocks are thought to have been Kibitsuhiko’s shields. The spirit of the victorious Mikoto was enshrined in a gigantic shrine and the head of Ura was buried next to it. With the history of the prosperity and submission of ancient Kibi as its background, this story was the original version of the beloved folktale “Momotaro”. The diverse heritage of old Kibi and its mysterious story still enthrall visitors to modern-day Okayama.

CULTURAL PROPERTIES

AREA

Okayama city, Kurashiki city, Soja city, Akaiwa city (Okayama Prefecture)

ACCESS

Okayama City
  • Train
    • JR Shinosaka Sta.(Shinkansen)~JR Okayama Sta.(About 1 hour)
    • JR Hakata Sta.(Shinkansen)~JR Okayama Sta.(About 2 hours)
  • Car
    • Various Places~ Okayama IC~ Okayama City
      ※IC=Highway Interchange(Entrance or Exit)
  • Air
    • Various Places(Tokyo,Sapporo,Okinawa)~ Okayama Momotaro Airport~(About 30 minutes by bus)~JR Okayama Sta. west exit
  • Express Bus
    • Various Places~JR Okayama Sta.west exit

Kurashiki City
  • Train
    • JR Shinosaka Sta.(Shinkansen)~JR Okayama Sta.(Sanyo Line, Hakubi Line)~JR Kurashiki Sta.(About 1 hour 30 minutes)
    • JR Hakata Sta.(Shinkansen)~JR Shinkurashiki Sta.(Sanyo Line)~JR Kurashiki Sta.(About 2 hours 10 minutes)
  • Car
    • Various Places~Kurashiki IC or Tamashima IC (San-yo Expressway), Kojima IC or Mizushima IC or Hayashima IC (Seto-chuo Expressway)~Kurashiki City
      ※IC=Highway Interchange(Entrance or Exit)
  • Air
    • Various Places(Tokyo,Sapporo,Okinawa)~ Okayama Momotaro Airport~(About 35 minutes by bus)~ JR Kurashiki Sta.north exit
  • Express Bus
    • Various Places~JR Kurashiki Sta.north exit

Soja City
  • Train
    • JR Shinosaka Sta.(Shinkansen)~JR Okayama Sta.(Momotaro Line, Hakubi Line)~JR Soja Sta.(About 1 hour 30 minutes)
    • JR Hakata Sta.(Shinkansen) ~JR Okayama Sta.(Momotaro Line, Hakubi Line)~JR Soja Sta.(About 2 hours 30 minutes)
  • Car
    • Various Places~OkayamaSoja IC~Soja city
      ※IC=Highway Interchange(Entrance or Exit)
Akaiwa City
  • Train
    • JR Shinosaka Sta.(Shinkansen)~JR Okayama Sta.(About 1 hour)~ (About 25 minutes by bus)~ Ryoguzan Ancient Tomb
    • JR Hakata Sta.(Shinkansen)~JR Okayama Sta.(About 2 hours)~(About 25 minutes by bus)~ Ryoguzan Ancient Tomb
  • Car
    • Various Places~San-yo IC~Akaiwa city (About 10minutes to Ryoguzan Ancient Tomb)
      ※IC=Highway Interchange(Entrance or Exit)

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