Ideha Shrine

Ideha Shrine

Ideha Shrine is a Shinto shrine located at Yamagata prefecture in Tohoku district. The shrine is dedicated to Ideha no Kami ( the god of three mountains of Dewa ). It was listed in the Register of Deities of the Engishiki (the laws of the 10th-century Japan). This shrine is famous for the main hall designated as a national treasure.

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Name Ideha Shrine
"出羽神社(三神合祭殿)" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
Address 7, touge, Haguromachi, Tsuruoka-shi, Yamagata, Japan
"山形県鶴岡市羽黒町手向字手向7" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
Access 20-minute drive from the Tsuruoka I.C. on the Yamagata Expressway.
Admission Fee Free in the precincts
Telephone 0235-62-2355

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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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