Oosaki Shrine is a Shinto shrine located at Tochigi prefecture in Kanto district. The shrine is dedicated to Okuninushi no Mikoto ( the god of land, wealth, medicine and encouragement of new industry ). It was listed in the Register of Deities of the Engishiki (the laws of the 10th-century Japan).
More Details (Japanese Site)
"大前神社" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
|Address||937, Higashigo, Mooka-shi, Tochigi, Japan
"栃木県真岡市東郷９３７" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
|Access||10-minute drive from the Moka I.C. on the Kita-Kanto 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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