Risshakuji Temple

Risshakuji Temple

Risshakuji Temple is a Buddhist temple located at Yamagata prefecture in Tohoku district. The temple is dedicated to Yakushi Nyorai ( Buddha of Medicine ). This temple is famous for its amazing structures called Kake-zukuri (overhang style).

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Name Risshakuji Temple
"立石寺" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
Address 4456-1 Yamadera, Yamagata-shi, Yamagata, Japan
"山形県山形市大字山寺4456-1" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
Access 15-minute drive from the Yamagata-Kita I.C. on the Yamagata Expressway.
Admission Fee Free in the precincts
Telephone 023-695-2843

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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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