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A birds-eye view of Inaba.

Inaba (稲羽市, Inaba-shi)? is a location in the Persona series.



Persona 4[]

A rural town in Japan and the central area in which the game takes place. It is where the protagonist moves to when his parents went to work overseas, leaving him in the care of his maternal uncle. Not long after settling into Inaba, strange murders began to happen that took the usually quiet town by storm.

Most of the town's younger population consider the town "boring" and in the "middle of nowhere", which is a theme of the game and a sentiment expressed by Yosuke Hanamura and Yukiko Amagi, although some are able to take pride in this aspect, finding it relaxing and peaceful. Inaba is surrounded by rolling hills, crops and riverbanks, and it tends to rain quite often.

According to an old man who often stands near the Tatsuhime Shrine, Inaba's history began as a coal mining town. The influx of miners was the reason why Inaba managed to develop into the kind of town it is today. It may be traveled to by train stopping at the Yasoinaba train station, preceding stations being Higashi Inaba and Hibari. The closest city to Inaba is Okina City, where the protagonist and his friends occasionally travel to.

One of Inaba's most prominent quirks due to its small size is the strong sense of community: specifically, people from Inaba are talkative and information spreads fast. They are at first very caring towards one-another in nature, regardless of how they express themselves: one man will point out that although the older folk might be mean-spirited with the youth, that's their way of saying they care about them.

This does have a negative aspect to it, as rumors are easy to circulate, whether from friends or simply mass media. At first these rumors are merely subtopics of discussion that fade over time, such as with the affair surrounding Mayumi Yamano, but over time rumors would leak towards a more unavoidable general consensus. Yukiko Amagi notes of the strange nature of people, saying that they "always talk about other people but never themselves," thinking that they're "scared of something."[1] Chie Satonaka would later comment that people are forgetful about murders and real incidents, but are able to remember rumors from a long time.[2]

This turns for the worst when the fog appears before December and persists for nearly a month, as it leaves them prone to even further exposure of rumors: in fact, one of it being poison convinces some they're sick, dividing people on their opinions on the matter, or even outright believing in flimsy opinions from the majority. They also lose touch with one-another as the fog blinds them from interacting on an even ground, especially surrounding the debate of whether the fog is truly poisonous or if it's just in people's heads. Lastly, people become comfortable with not being seen by others due to the fog, which makes them lax with being openly interested in rumors of the end of the world and people becoming monsters. In short, the fog acts as an isolating presence that in turn blinds people from the truth: even if it were physically harmless in itself, many people see it as a bad omen due to the consequences.


Marie has become a minor land goddess of the town after becoming Izanami-no-Mikoto, allowing her to influence its weather. This is shown in the Epilogue: when Yu came to visit Inaba during holiday, Marie decided to make the sky clear despite how it was raining before in the weather forecast.

Persona 4 Arena Ultimax[]

Inaba is transformed by Sho Minazuki and the Malevolent Entity into a realm similar to the TV World, with sinister red fog filling the realm. Yasogami High becomes a tower similar to Tartarus and the heart of their plans. Marie is revealed to be connected with Inaba and anything bad that happens to the town likewise is harmful to her. It is confirmed by the veteran Persona users Akihiko Sanada and Junpei Iori that Sho and Malevolent Entity turned Inaba into a second Dark Hour area, allowing the Persona users to summon their Persona freely during this crisis.

Key Locations[]

  • Yasogami High School: The local high school where the protagonist and his newfound friends attend. Attendance is mandatory on weekday mornings, and is explorable after school.
  • Junes Department Store: The shopping complex whose food court is where the protagonist's investigation team assembles, calling it their "Special Headquarters." This is also where they enter the Midnight Channel, via the large TV in the Junes electronics section. Accessible during weekdays after school, and on weekend afternoons.
  • Central Shopping District: The street where most of Inaba's family businesses are located, but the majority of the shops are closed, due to the overwhelming success of Junes. Accessible on weekdays after school, and on weekend afternoons.
  • Samegawa Flood Plain: The main path to reach Yasogami High School, whose river bed is where the protagonist can fish. Accessible on weekdays after school, and on weekend afternoons and evenings.
  • Dojima Residence: The protagonist's temporary home in the town. When he returns here, time passes automatically to evening.
  • Shichiri Beach: Added in Persona 4 Golden, the protagonist and his friends spend their summer vacation here. It is a location fairly far from Inaba, and can only be accessed via scooter.
  • Amagi Inn: The town's oldest historical landmark which is located upstream of the Samegawa River. It is known for its hot springs.


P4A Inaba Station
Inaba Station as it appears in Persona 4 Arena


  • The storyline for the female protagonist in Persona 3 Portable includes an event which involves the Gekkoukan High Sports Club (depending on the player's choice of joining Tennis or Volleyball earlier in the game) going to Inaba to train alongside the Yasoinaba High School's Sports Club. The event references and foreshadows a few events leading to Persona 4, including the cameo of a middle-school aged Yukiko Amagi.
  • The town's name is a reference to the legend of the Hare of Inaba. However, the demon Hare of Inaba itself does not appear in any Persona game. It might also possibly be a reference to one of the characters in Megami Ibunroku Persona, Masao Inaba.
  • Inaba is based off the Japanese city of Fuefuki (笛吹市, Fuefuki-shi)?, in the Yamanashi prefecture. 
  • The Yasoinaba Station is based on real-life Isawa Onsen Station. [3] As of 2016, the building that the in-game train station was inspired from was demolished and has been replaced with a new building, though the station itself still remains.[4][5]


  1. "W-Well, that aside... Is it me, or does the town seem kind of strange lately? Everyone is in high spirits, for some reason... And they all talk about other people, but never themselves."
    Yukiko Amagi, Persona 4

    "Really? I don't think it's anything special. Now that the murder case is solved, people feel relaxed, that's all."
    Chie Satonaka, Persona 4

    "That's how society is. They all just want to get in on the latest trend. People get excited fast and lose interest even faster... It goes 'round and 'round. There's no underlying reason for it."
    Rise Kujikawa, Persona 4

    "I don't know... It stil seems a little too weird... It's like... they're all afraid of something. Oh... Sorry. I just had this feeling."
    Yukiko Amagi, Persona 4
  2. "Even if someone's been killed... everyone just forgets it so easily. But rumors they hear from friends and TV get remembered for a long time... Why is that? It's been a while since the first two incidents... Do you think we'll find anyone who still remembers them?"
    —Chie Satonaka, 12/5, Persona 4
  4. 新装・石和温泉駅にワイン試飲機 観光案内所で全国初
  5. [1], Archived version

Playable Protagonist - Yosuke Hanamura - Chie Satonaka - Yukiko Amagi - Kanji Tatsumi - Rise Kujikawa - Teddie - Naoto Shirogane
Social Link Margaret - Nanako Dojima - Ryotaro Dojima - Naoki Konishi - Kou Ichijo - Daisuke Nagase - Hisano Kuroda - Sayoko Uehara - Yumi Ozawa - Ayane Matsunaga - Ai Ebihara - Fox - Shu Nakajima - Eri Minami - Marie - Tohru Adachi
Major Igor - Mayumi Yamano - Misuzu Hiiragi - Saki Konishi - Mitsuo Kubo - Hanako Ohtani - Kinshiro Morooka - Noriko Kashiwagi - Taro Namatame - Old Lady Shiroku - Master Daidara - Minoru Inoue - Yuuta Minami - Kaneko - Aika Nakamura - President Tanaka - Chihiro Fushimi - Mr. Edogawa - Kanami Mashita - Moel Gas Station Attendant
Major enemies Shadow Yosuke - Shadow Chie - Shadow Yukiko - Shadow Kanji - Shadow Rise - Shadow Teddie - Shadow Mitsuo - Shadow Naoto - Kunino-sagiri - Ameno-sagiri - Kusumi-no-Okami - Izanami
Inaba Central Shopping District - Dojima Residence - Junes Department Store - Samegawa Flood Plain - Velvet Room - Yasogami High School
Midnight Channel Twisted Shopping District - Yukiko's Castle - Steamy Bathhouse - Marukyu Striptease - Void Quest - Secret Laboratory - Heaven - Magatsu Inaba - Hollow Forest - Yomotsu Hirasaka
Other Okina City - Shichiri Beach - Midnight Trivia Miracle Quiz - Tatsumi Port Island (Gekkoukan High School - Club Escapade - Iwatodai Station)
Albums Original Soundtrack (Persona 4 / Golden / The Animation) - Never More -Reincarnation- - Persona 4: The Golden Animation Special Arrange CD - Persona 20th Anniversary All Time Best Album - Re:BRiLLiANCE
Songs "Ain't Nobody Can Hold Me Down" - "Alone in this World" - "Aria of the Soul" - "Studio Backlot/Backside of the TV" - "Beauty of Destiny" - "Dazzling Smile" - "Falling into Right Places" - "Heartbeat, Heartbreak" - "Heaven" - "I'll Face Myself" - "Just Like The Wind" - "Key Plus Words" - "Koisuru Meitantei" - "Never More" - "Next Chance to Move On" - "Pursuing My True Self" - "Reach Out To The Truth" - "Shadow World" - "Signs of Love" - "Sky's The Limit" - "SNOWFLAKES" - "Someone Else's Man" - "Time For True Revelation" - "Time To Make History" - "True Feelings" - "True Story" - "The Way of Memories" - "We Are One and All" - "Ying Yang" - "Your Affection"
Terminology Persona (Initial / Ultimate) - Persona user - Glasses - Fog - Shadow - Shadow Self - Party - Tactics - All-out Attack - Shuffle Time - Arcana Chance - Fusion Forecast - Weather Forecast - Investigation Team - Mystery Food X - Phoenix Ranger Featherman R
Lists Arcana - Personas - Shadows - Skills - Items (Persona 4 / Golden) - Requests - Status Changes - Activities - Calendar - Golden Trophies - The Animation / Golden Animation Episodes - Patches and Updates - Steam Profile Items
School Life Weather Forecast - Seasons - Social Link - Social Stats - Yen - Class - Studying - Books - Movie Theater - Bed - Fishing - Cooking - Part-time Jobs - Shrine - Scooter - Gardening - School Club - Bug Catching - Refrigerator - Crane Machine - Chagall Café - Tanaka's Amazing Commodities - Cat
Other Media
Games Golden - Arena - Arena Ultimax - Dancing All Night
Productions The Animation / -The Factor of Hope- / The Golden Animation - Visualive / the Evolution - Persona Stalker Club - 「PERSORA AWARDS」 - PERSORA AWARDS 2 - PERSORA AWARDS 3 - Persora -The Golden Best- - Persona VS
Publications Manga - The Magician - Dengeki Comic Anthology (the Animation / The Golden / The Golden Animation) - Kiri no Amnesia - Your Affection - Persona x Detective Naoto (manga) - Yasoinaba Case File - Persona Magazine
Drama CDs Persona 4 (Vol.1 / Vol.2 / Vol.3) - Persona 4 The Animation (Vol.1 / Vol.2) - Persona 4 Golden (Vol.1 / Vol.2)
Mobile Games The Card Battle - Colors - Persona 4: The Slot - Persona 4 the Pachinko
Events Music Live 2008 - Music Live 2009 - Music Tour 2010 - Music Live 2012 - Music Fes 2013 - Music Box 2014 - Super Live 2015 - Livehouse Tour 2015 - Super Live 2017 - Super Live 2019- 25th Anniversary Symphonic Concert
20th Anniversary Festival - 25th Anniversary - 25th FES
Miscellaneous Merchandise
Ultimax - Manga (Arena) - Manga (Ultimax) - Stageplay (Arena) - Stageplay (Ultimax)
Playable Arena Yu Narukami (Izanagi - Regular / Izanagi-no-Okami - Instant Kill) - Yosuke Hanamura (Jiraiya) - Chie Satonaka (Tomoe) - Yukiko Amagi (Konohana Sakuya) - Kanji Tatsumi (Take-Mikazuchi) - Naoto Shirogane (Sukuna-Hikona) - Teddie (Kintoki-Douji) - Aigis (Pallas Athena - Regular / Palladion - Instant Kill) - Mitsuru Kirijo (Artemisia) - Akihiko Sanada (Caesar) - Elizabeth (Thanatos) - Labrys (Ariadne) - Shadow Labrys (Asterius)
Playable Ultimax Yukari Takeba (Isis) - Junpei Iori (Trismegistus) - Sho Minazuki (Tsukiyomi) - Rise Kujikawa (Himiko) - Ken Amada & Koromaru (Kala-Nemi & Cerberus) - Tohru Adachi (Magatsu-Izanagi) - Marie (Kaguya-Hime) - Margaret (Yoshitsune - Cu Chulain - Ardha - Regular / Helel - Instant Kill)
Non-Playable Unit #024 - Igor - Theodore - Nanako Dojima - Ryotaro Dojima - Detective Kurosawa - Fuuka Yamagishi - Eri Minami - Yuuta Minami - Malevolent Entity - Erebus - Kikuno Saikawa - Shuji Ikutsuki - Minoru Inoue
Inaba Midnight Channel - Velvet Room - Yasogami High School - Tartarus
Albums Original Soundtrack (Arena / Ultimax) - Original Arrange Soundtrack
Songs "Best Friends" - "Now I Know" - "Aria of the Soul" - "Reach Out To The Truth" - "Mass Destruction" - "Break Out Of..." - "Today"
Terminology Dark Hour - Evoker - Midnight Channel - P-1 Grand Prix - Persona - Persona user - Plume of Dusk - Shadow - Shadow Self - Shadow Operatives - Investigation Team - Wild Card - Persona Fragments - Red Fog
Lists Status Changes - Skills - Trophies (Arena / Ultimax) - Steam Profile Items
Productions The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena Stageplay - Persona 4: The Ultimax Ultra Suplex Hold Stageplay