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The Roots of Momotaro, the Hero of Justice

The origins of Momotaro, the hero of the famous Japanese folk tale, is said to be here in Okayama.
Visitors are sure to find Momotaro in various places throughout the city.

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Visit Shrines and Historic Sites with Close Ties to the Legend of Momotaro

From shrines dedicated Kibitsuhiko no Mikoto, believed to have inspired the folk tale “Momotaro,” to the ruins of castles where demons once dwelled.

Kibitsu-jinja Shrine
  • 1.吉備津神社
  • Accessible via public transportation
Kibitsu-jinja Shrine

Designated a National Treasure, the shrine’s 360 m long large corridor is an impressive sight. The shrine’s peach-shaped amulets are popular as souvenirs.

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Kibitsuhiko-jinja Shrine
  • 2.吉備津彦神社
  • Accessible via public transportation
Kibitsuhiko-jinja Shrine

The statue of Momotaro in the parking is also a popular spot for photography. Be sure to stop by and take a commemorative photo of your trip!

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Kinojo Castle
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Kinojo Castle

The ruins of this fortress built some 1,300 years ago are believed to have been inhabited by demons.

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Come and See the Many Momotaro-Related Objets d’Art and Goods!

Okayama’s numerous Momotaro-themed objets d’art are popular spots for photography.
Visitors can also visit a museum dedicated entirely to Momotaro.

Momotaro Statue in front of Okayama Station
  • 5.桃太郎像
  • Accessible via public transportation
Momotaro Statue in front of Okayama Station

Have your picture taken at the gateway to Okayama alongside a statue of Momotaro. This statue is known as a symbol for rendezvous.

Momotaro Karakuri Museum
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  • Accessible via public transportation
Momotaro Karakuri Museum

This specialty museum is full of fun attractions. Visitors will also find rare Momotaro goods in the museum shop.

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大見出し_白桃 Even More Momotaro Experiences

In summer, “demons” are everywhere in Okayama!
Summer also marks the start of the delicious white peach season.

Uraja-odori
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Uraja-odori

Okayama’s largest summer event, this festival brings dancers in flashy makeup and costumes parading around as demons.

Peach Picking
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Peach Picking

Okayama is a popular destination for visiting fruit farms and picking peaches to eat on the spot. (The season runs from early July to late August.)

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Kibi Dango, a Popular Souvenir!

Widely known as a characteristic Okayama souvenir, kibi dango are famous for being the food Momotaro took with him on his demon-hunting adventures.

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Kibi Dango

Kibi dango are made with high-quality sticky rice. These sweets come in a variety of flavors, from plain to fruity (including Muscat and white peach) to green tea.

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