Hikawa Shrine

Hikawa Shrine

Hikawa Shrine is a Shinto shrine located at Saitama prefecture in Kanto district. The shrine is dedicated to Susanoo no Mikoto ( the god of bravery and marriage ). It was listed in the Register of Deities of the Engishiki (the laws of the 10th-century Japan) , and was occupying the highest rank among the shrines of a province.

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Name Hikawa Shrine
"武蔵一宮氷川神社" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
Address 1-407, Takahanacho, Omiya-ku, Saitama-shi, Saitama, Japan
"埼玉県さいたま市大宮区高鼻町1-407" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
Access 5-minute walk from Kita-Omiya Station on the Tobu-Noda Line.
Admission Fee Free in the precincts
Telephone 048-641-0137

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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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