Chichibu Shrine

Chichibu Shrine

Chichibu Shrine is a Shinto shrine located at Saitama prefecture in Kanto district. The shrine is dedicated to Amenominakanushi no Mikoto ( the god of creation ). It was listed in the Register of Deities of the Engishiki (the laws of the 10th-century Japan). It is designated as the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage.This shrine is famous for its gorgeous festival, called Chichibu Yomatsuri.

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Name Chichibu Shrine
"秩父神社" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
Address 1-3, Banbamachi, Chichibu-shi, Saitama, Japan
"埼玉県秩父市番場町1-3" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
Access 40-minute drive from the Hanazono I.C. on the Kan-Etsu Expressway.
Admission Fee Free in the precincts
Telephone 0494-22-0262

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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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