Miho Shrine is a Shinto shrine located at Shizuoka prefecture in Chubu district. The shrine is dedicated to Ohnamuchi no Mikoto ( the god of land, wealth, medicine and encouragement of new industry ). 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)
"御穂神社" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
|Address||1073, Miho, Shimizu-ku, Shizuoka-shi, Shizuoka, Japan
"静岡県静岡市清水区三保１０７３" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
|Access||20-minute drive from the Shimizu I.C. on the Tomei 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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