Onjoji Temple is a Buddhist temple located at Shiga prefecture in Kinki district. The temple is dedicated to Miroku Bosatsu ( Maitreya Bodhisattva, who is expected to appear as a Buddha 5,000 years after the death of Gautama ). It is the 14th temple of the 33 Saigoku Kannon Pilgrimage.This temple is famous for the main hall designated as a national treasure.
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"三井寺（園城寺）" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
|Address||246, Onjojicho, Otsu-shi, Shiga , Japan
"滋賀県大津市園城寺町２４６" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
|Access||10-minute drive from the Kyoto-Higashi I.C. on the Meishin 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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