Hinokuma-Kunikakasu Shrine

Hinokuma-Kunikakasu Shrine

Hinokuma-Kunikakasu Shrine is a Shinto shrine located at Wakayama prefecture in Kinki district. The shrine is dedicated to Hinokuma Ohkami and Kunikakasu Ohkami ( gods of mirror ). 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 Hinokuma-Kunikakasu Shrine
"日前神宮・國懸神宮" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
Address 365, Akizuki, Wakayama-shi, Wakayama, Japan
"和歌山県和歌山市秋月365" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
Access 10-minute drive from the Wakayama I.C. on the Hanwa Expressway.
Admission Fee Free in the precincts
Telephone 073-471-3730

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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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