Kinojo Hiking Trails in Soja City

Kinojo Hiking Trails in Soja City

Hi there. It’s Mr. Wada back on duty. I would like to introduce the Kinojo hiking trails in Soja City.

Kinojo Hiking Trails in Soja City, Okayama prefecture

Kinojo (鬼ノ城) is a ruins of a castle that lays on Mt. Kinojo. It is known as a model of the Ura (orge) castle from the Momotaro tale. Aside from that, its history remains a mystery since there is no record about this place but it is said that it was a fort built in the late 9th century.

We picked one of the hiking trails that goes around the Kinojo (the pink part in the photo below). It is supposed to take about 1.5 hours.


Grab a stick and we are off to go!


See the architecture over there? That’s the ruins.


The West gate. There are four gates (North, South, West, and East) around the ruins and they were all rebuilt later on.



The South gate.


Breezy. The entire Soja City can be seen.



Oh we are back to where we started! (pant pant)

Ren (Mrs. Wada) saw a snake passing by. But do not freak out. Keep watching your step. They won’t attack unless you offend them.

Alright. That’s all for today.



1101-2 Kuroo, Sōja-shi, Okayama



How do you find it? It was a little hard but still nice for rehab. Hehe. It took us like 2 hours with coffee time on the way. Just like Green Shower Forest where I’ve previously featured. I found walking around ruins is fun. Hope you enjoyed.

See you around!

Autumn Leaf Spot in Soja City: Hofukuji Temple

Autumn Leaves in Soja

Hi there, it’s Mr. Wada back on duty. When leaves turn red, it’s like everyone would go to Kyoto. You know what? We can still enjoy autumn leaves in Okayama city as well. Let me show you one of the autumn leaf spots in Soja City, Okayama Prefecture this time.

Autumn Leaf Spots in Soja City: Hofukuji Temple


You can access the temple directly by car but it gets busy at this time of the year. We actually did try but gave up on the way because of the long line-up of cars and I bumped our car into the rock when retreating! >o<). We parked somewhere else instead. So I suggest you take a free shuttle bus to the temple from Soja City Hall which is available during the light-up event period.



Hofukuji Temple

Alright, finally we made it here. Let’s go check the temple area first (inside the gate).

Autumn Leaves in Soja

Outside Temple

Autumn leaves in the temple are brightened up in silence. This area is admission-free by the way.

This picture below is reflection of the leaves on the pond. Without knowing I wouldn’t be able to tell which is real. The water surface was unbelievably calm and clear resulting to this mirror-effect. But I also could impossibly take a good photo to convince you. It looks life there’s another world down there.



Entrance for the temple takes 300 JPY. To be frank, I was a bit skeptical if this 300 yen would be worth. Turns out, it was breathtaking and we able to enjoy a small concert by piano and saxophone for 30 minutes. It was a very relaxing and cool moment.

While exploring the surrounding of the temple, I was wondering why the lights were too bright as you might have noticed in the previous photos. When I entered the temple, only then I found out that those lights were positioned as they are to have the best light up effect as you can see in the picture below from inside the temple.

Autumn Leaves in Soja



How do you find it? Not bad right? I would like to share more places for autumn leaves another time. Well, it was very local but totally worth it.

See you around!


You may want to check this post as well.

Autumn Leaves at Inukai Memorial Museum in Okayama