Minashi Shrine

Minashi Shrine

Minashi Shrine is a Shinto shrine located at Gifu prefecture in Chubu district. The shrine is dedicated to Mitoshigami ( the?god?of?the?incoming?year ). It was listed in the Register of Deities of the Engishiki (the laws of the 10th-century Japan) , and was occupying the highest rank among the shrines of a province.

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Name Minashi Shrine
"飛騨一宮水無神社" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
Address 5323 Ichinomiyamachi, Takayama-shi, Gifu, Japan
"岐阜県高山市一之宮町石原5323" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
Access 40-minute drive from the Ina I.C. on the Chuo Expressway.
Admission Fee Free in the precincts
Telephone 0577-53-2001

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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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