Kumanohayatama Shrine is a Shinto shrine located at Wakayama prefecture in Kinki district. The shrine is dedicated to Kumano Hayatama Okami ( the god of life ). It was listed in the Register of Deities of the Engishiki (the laws of the 10th-century Japan). It is designated as World Cultural Heritage Site.
More Details (Japanese Site)
"熊野速玉大社" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
|Address||1, Shinguu, Shinguu-shi, Wakayama, Japan
"和歌山県新宮市新宮１" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
|Access||70-minute drive from the Owase-Kita I.C. on the Kisei 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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