Komagata Shrine

Komagata Shrine

Komagata Shrine is a Shinto shrine located at Iwate prefecture in Tohoku district. The shrine is dedicated to Komagata Okami ( the god of Mt. Komagatake ). It was listed in the Register of Deities of the Engishiki (the laws of the 10th-century Japan) , and was occupying the highest rank among the shrines of a province.

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Name Komagata Shrine
"駒形神社" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
Address 1-83, Mizusawakunakauwanocho, Osyu-shi, Iwate, Japan
"岩手県奥州市水沢区中上野町1-83" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
Access 12-minute drive from the Mizusawa I.C. on the Tohoku Expressway.
Admission Fee Free in the precincts
Telephone 0197-23-2851

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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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