Chiryu Shrine is a Shinto shrine located at Aichi prefecture in Chubu district. The shrine is dedicated to Ugayafukiaezu no Mikoto ( the god of agriculture, matchmaking and safe delivery ). 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 Chiryu Matsuri.
More Details (Japanese Site)
"知立神社" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
|Address||12, Kanda, Nishimachi, Chiryu-shi, Aichi, Japan
"愛知県知立市西町神田１２" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
|Access||10-minute drive from the Toyota-Minami I.C. on the Isewangan Expressway.|
|Admission Fee||Free in the precincts|
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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