Hiro Shrine

Hiro Shrine

Hiro Shrine is a Shinto shrine located at Wakayama prefecture in Kinki district. The shrine is dedicated to Ohnamuchi no Mikoto ( the god of land, wealth, medicine and encouragement of new industry ). It is designated as World Cultural Heritage Site.

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Name Hiro Shrine
"飛瀧神社(那智の滝)" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
Address Nachisan, Nachikatsuura-cho, Wakayama, Japan
"和歌山県那智勝浦町那智山" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
Access 130-minute drive from the Kii-Nagashima I.C. on the Kisei Expressway.
Admission Fee Free in the precincts
Telephone 0735-55-0321

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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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