Negoroji Temple is a Buddhist temple located at Wakayama prefecture in Kinki district. The temple is dedicated to Dainichi Nyorai ( Mahavairocana, the chief deity in Esoteric Buddhism ). This temple is famous for Two-storey pagoda designated as a national treasure.
More Details (Japanese Site)
"根来寺" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
|Address||2286, Negoro, Iwade-shi, Wakayama, Japan
"和歌山県岩出市根来２２８６" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
|Access||20-minute drive from the Sennan I.C. on the Hanwa 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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