Kitamukikannon Temple is a Buddhist temple located at Nagano prefecture in Chubu district. The temple is dedicated to Senjyu Kannon ( Thousand-Armed Avalokiteshwara ). This temple is famous for its amazing structures called Kake-zukuri (overhang style).
More Details (Japanese Site)
"北向観音" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
|Address||1656, Bessyoonsen, Ueda-shi, Nagano , Japan
"長野県上田市別所温泉１６５６" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
|Access||30-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.
Quoted from Wikipedia
If you want to download any picture from this website, right-click on the image and select "Save image as."