Ohirasan Shrine

Ohirasan Shrine

Ohirasan Shrine is a Shinto shrine located at Tochigi prefecture in Kanto district. The shrine is dedicated to Amaterasu?Omikami ( the Sun Goddess, meaning in Japanese “Great Divinity Illuminating Heaven” ).

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Name Ohirasan Shrine
"太平山神社" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
Address 659, Hiraicho, Tochigi-shi, Tochigi, Japan
"栃木県栃木市平井町659" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
Access 15-minute drive from the Tochigi I.C. on the Tohoku Expressway.
Admission Fee Free in the precincts
Telephone 0282-22-0227

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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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