Kokusekiji Temple is a Buddhist temple located at Iwate prefecture in Tohoku district. The temple is dedicated to Yakushi Nyorai ( Buddha of Medicine ). This temple is famous for its lively festival, called Sominsai.
More Details (Japanese Site)
"黒石寺" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
|Address||17 Yamauchi, Mizusawakukuroishicho, Osyu-shi, Iwate, Japan
"岩手県奥州市水沢区黒石町字山内１７" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
|Access||20-minute drive from the Hiraizumi-Maesawa I.C. on the Tohoku 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.
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