Asakusa Shrine

Asakusa Shrine

Asakusa Shrine is a Shinto shrine located at Tokyo metropolis in Kanto district. The shrine is dedicated to Sanjya Gongen ( Hinokuma Hamanari, Hinokuma Takenari and Haji no Nakatomo - legendary figures ). This shrine is famous for its lively festival, called Sanja Matsuri.

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Name Asakusa Shrine
"浅草神社(三社様)" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
Address 3-1 Asakusa 2-chome, Taitou-ku, Tokyo, Japan
"東京都台東区浅草2丁目3-1" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
Access 10-minute drive from the Komagata I.C. on the Shuto Expressway.
Admission Fee Free in the precincts
Telephone 03-3844-1575

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Komainu

Komainu (狛犬), often called lion-dogs in English, are statue pairs of lion-like creatures either guarding the entrance or the inner shrine of many Japanese Shinto shrines or kept inside the inner shrine itself, where they are not visible to the public. The first type, born during the Edo period, is called sando komainu (参道狛犬 visiting road Komainu), the second and much older type jinnai komainu (陣内狛犬 shrine inside komainu). They can sometimes be found also at Buddhist temples, nobility residences or even private homes.

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