Miyajidake Shrine

Miyajidake Shrine

Miyajidake Shrine is a Shinto shrine located at Fukuoka prefecture in Kyushu district. The shrine is dedicated to Empress Jingu ( the legendary empress who had conquered Korea ). This shrine is famous for 11-meter-long Shimenawa, sacred rice-straw ropes.

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Name Miyajidake Shrine
"宮地嶽神社" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
Address 7-1, Miyajimotomachi, Fukutsu-shi, Fukuoka, Japan
"福岡県福津市宮司元町7-1" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
Access 15-minute drive from the Furukawa I.C. on the Kyushu Expressway.
Admission Fee Free in the precincts
Telephone 0940-52-0016

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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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