Kokuragion Shrine

Kokuragion Shrine

Kokuragion Shrine is a Shinto shrine located at Fukuoka prefecture in Kyushu district. The shrine is dedicated to Susanoo no Mikoto ( the god of bravery and marriage ).

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Name Kokuragion Shrine
"八坂神社(小倉祇園)" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
Address 2-2, Jonai, Kokurakita-ku, Kitakyushu-shi, Fukuoka, Japan
"福岡県北九州市小倉北区城内2-2" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
Access 2-minute drive from the Otemachi I.C. on the Kitakyushu URBAN Expressway.
Admission Fee Free in the precincts
Telephone 093-561-0753

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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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