Gochikokubunji Temple is a Buddhist temple located at Niigata prefecture in Chubu district. The temple is dedicated to Dainichi Nyorai ( Mahavairocana, the chief deity in Esoteric Buddhism ).
More Details (Japanese Site)
"五智国分寺" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
|Address||3-20-21, Gochi, Joetsu-shi, Niigata, Japan
"新潟県上越市五智３－２０－２１" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
|Access||15-minute drive from the Jyoetsu I.C. on the Hokuriku 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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