Kandani Shrine

Kandani Shrine

Kandani Shrine is a Shinto shrine located at Kagawa prefecture in Shikoku district. The shrine is dedicated to Kagutsuchi no Mikoto ( the god of fire ). 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 Kandani Shrine
"神谷神社" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
Address 621, Kandanicho, Sakaide-shi, Kagawa, Japan
"香川県坂出市神谷町621" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
Access 15-minute drive from the Sakaide-Kita I.C. on the Seto-Chuo Expressway.
Admission Fee Free in the precincts
Telephone 0877-44-5036

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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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