Hananoiwaya Shrine

Hananoiwaya Shrine

Hananoiwaya Shrine is a Shinto shrine located at Mie prefecture in Chubu district. The shrine is dedicated to Izanagi no Mikoto ( the god of life ). It is designated as World Cultural Heritage Site.

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Name Hananoiwaya Shrine
"花の窟神社" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
Address 130 Arimacho, Kumano-shi, Mie, Japan
"三重県熊野市有馬町上地130" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
Access 60-minute drive from the Owase-Kita I.C. on the Kisei Expressway.
Admission Fee Free in the precincts
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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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