Kinkengu Shrine

Kinkengu Shrine

Kinkengu Shrine is a Shinto shrine located at Ishikawa prefecture in Chubu district. The shrine is dedicated to Ninigi no Mikoto ( the sun goddess Amaterasu's grandson who descended to earth ).

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Name Kinkengu Shrine
"金劔宮" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
Address 28 Hizumecho-mi,Tsurugi,Hakusan-shi, Ishikawa, Japan
"石川県白山市鶴来日詰町巳28" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
Access 15-minute drive from the Mikawa I.C. on the Hokuriku Expressway.
Admission Fee Free in the precincts
Telephone 076-272-0131

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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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