Myozenji Temple

Myozenji Temple

Myozenji Temple is a Buddhist temple located at Gifu prefecture in Chubu district. The temple is dedicated to Amida Nyorai ( the?Amit?bha Buddha ). It is designated as World Cultural Heritage Site.

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Name Myozenji Temple
"明善寺" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
Address 679, Ogimachi, Shirakawa-mura, Ono-gun, Gifu, Japan
"岐阜県大野郡白川村荻町679" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
Access 10-minute drive from the Shirakawago I.C. on the Tokai-Hokuriku Expressway.
Admission Fee Free in the precincts
Telephone 05769-6-1009

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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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