Kokuou Shrine is a Shinto shrine located at Ibaraki prefecture in Kanto district. The shrine is dedicated to TAIRA no Masakado ( a famous Samurai worriers who had conquered eight provinces in Kanto ).
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"國王神社" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
|Address||951, Iwai, Bando-shi, Ibaraki, Japan
"茨城県坂東市岩井９５１" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
|Access||5-minute drive from the Bando I.C. on the Ken-O Expressway.|
|Admission Fee||Free in the precincts|
Shimenawa (標縄・注連縄・七五三縄, "enclosing rope") are lengths of laid rice straw or hemp rope used for ritual purification in the Shinto religion. They can vary in diameter from a few centimetres to several metres, and are often seen festooned with shide. A space bound by shimenawa often indicates a sacred or pure space, such as that of a Shinto shrine.
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