Hofu Tengmangu Shrine

Hofu Tengmangu Shrine

Hofu Tengmangu Shrine is a Shinto shrine located at Yamaguchi prefecture in Chugoku district. The shrine is dedicated to SUGAWARA no Michizane ( famous scholar during the Heian Period ).

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Name Hofu Tengmangu Shrine
"防府天満宮" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
Address 14-1, Matsuzakicho, Hofu-shi, Yamaguchi, Japan
"山口県防府市松崎町14-1" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
Access 10-minute drive from the Hofu-Nishi I.C. on the Sanyo Expressway.
Admission Fee Free in the precincts
Telephone 0835-23-7700

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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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