Ikaho Shrine

Ikaho Shrine

Ikaho Shrine is a Shinto shrine located at Gunma prefecture in Kanto district. The shrine is dedicated to Ohnamuchi no Mikoto ( the god of land, wealth, medicine and encouragement of new industry ). It was listed in the Register of Deities of the Engishiki (the laws of the 10th-century Japan).

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Name Ikaho Shrine
"伊香保神社" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
Address 2, Ikahomachiikaho, Shibukawa-shi, Gunma, Japan
"群馬県渋川市伊香保町伊香保2" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
Access 25-minute drive from the Ikaho I.C. on the Kan-Etsu Expressway.
Admission Fee Free in the precincts
Telephone 0279-72-2351

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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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