Mikami Shrine is a Shinto shrine located at Shiga prefecture in Kinki district. The shrine is dedicated to Amenomikage no Mikoto ( the god of smithery ). It was listed in the Register of Deities of the Engishiki (the laws of the 10th-century Japan). This shrine is famous for the main hall designated as a national treasure.
More Details (Japanese Site)
"御上神社" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
|Address||838, Mikami, Yasu-shi, Shiga , Japan
"滋賀県野洲市三上８３８" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
|Access||5-minute drive from the Ritto I.C. on the Meishin 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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