Ikushimatarushima Shrine is a Shinto shrine located at Nagano prefecture in Chubu district. The shrine is dedicated to Ikushima Ohkami ( the great god of land ). It was listed in the Register of Deities of the Engishiki (the laws of the 10th-century Japan).
More Details (Japanese Site)
"生島足島神社" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
|Address||701, Shimonogo, Ueda-shi, Nagano, Japan
"長野県上田市下之郷中池西７０１" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
|Access||25-minute drive from the Ueda-Sugadaira I.C. on the Jyoshin-Etsu 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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