Rokkakudo Temple

Rokkakudo Temple

Rokkakudo Temple is a Buddhist temple located at Kyoto prefecture in Kinki district. The temple is dedicated to Nyoirin Kannon ( the Bodhisattva of Compassion ).

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Name Rokkakudo Temple
"六角堂" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
Address 248 Rokkakucho, Higashitoin Nishi-iru Dounomae, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto , Japan
"京都府京都市中京区六角町東洞院西入堂之前248" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
Access 15-minute drive from the Kyoto-Minami I.C. on the Meishin Expressway.
Admission Fee Free in the precincts
Telephone 075-221-2686

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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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