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 ).
More Details (Japanese Site)
"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|
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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