Housenji Temple is a Buddhist temple located at Yamanashi prefecture in Kanto district. The temple is dedicated to Miroku Bosatsu ( Maitreya Bodhisattva, who is expected to appear as a Buddha 5,000 years after the death of Gautama ).
More Details (Japanese Site)
"法泉寺" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
|Address||2595, Wadamachi, Koufu-shi, Yamanashi, Japan
"山梨県甲府市和田町２５９５" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
|Access||20-minute drive from the Kofu-Showa I.C. on the Chuo Expressway.|
|Admission Fee||Free in the precincts|
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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