Chojayamashinra Shrine

Chojayamashinra Shrine

Chojayamashinra Shrine is a Shinto shrine located at Aomori prefecture in Tohoku district. The shrine is dedicated to MINAMOTO no Yoshimitsu ( a Minamoto clan samurai in the Heian Period ). It is designated as the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage.This shrine is famous for its gorgeous festival, called Hachinohe Matsuri.

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Name Chojayamashinra Shrine
"長者山新羅神社" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
Address 1-6-10, Choja, Hachinohe-shi, Aomori, Japan
"青森県八戸市長者1-6-10" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
Access 15-minute drive from the Hachinohe I.C. on the Hachinohe Expressway.
Admission Fee Free in the precincts
Telephone 0178-22-1769


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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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