Matsumae Shrine

Matsumae Shrine

Matsumae Shrine is a Shinto shrine located at Hokkaido prefecture in Hokkaido district. The shrine is dedicated to TAKEDA Nobuhiro ( a famous Samurai worrier, and ancestor of the Matsumae clan ).

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Name Matsumae Shrine
"松前神社" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
Address 145, Matsushiro, Matsumae-cho, Matsumae-gun, Hokkaido, Japan
"北海道松前郡松前町字松城145" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
Access 120-minute drive from the Onuma-Koen I.C. on the Hokkaido Expressway.
Admission Fee Free in the precincts
Telephone 01394-2-2032

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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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