Iwashimizu Hachimangu Shrine

Iwashimizu Hachimangu Shrine

Iwashimizu Hachimangu Shrine is a Shinto shrine located at Kyoto prefecture in Kinki district. The shrine is dedicated to Emperor Ohjin ( legendary emperor worshipped as god of military arts ). This shrine is famous for the main hall designated as a national treasure.

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Name Iwashimizu Hachimangu Shrine
"岩清水八幡宮" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
Address 30, Yawatatakabo, Yawata-shi, Kyoto, Japan
"京都府八幡市八幡高坊30" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
Access 15-minute drive from the Kumiyama-Yodo I.C. on the Keiji By-pass.
Admission Fee Free in the precincts
Telephone 075-981-3001

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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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