Saidaiji Temple

Saidaiji Temple

Saidaiji Temple is a Buddhist temple located at Okayama prefecture in Chugoku district. The temple is dedicated to Senjyu Kannon ( Thousand-Armed Avalokiteshwara ). This temple is famous for its lively festival, called Eyo.

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Name Saidaiji Temple
"西大寺(観音院)" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
Address 3-8-8, Saidaijinaka, Higashi-ku, Okayama-shi, Okayama, Japan
"岡山市東区西大寺中3-8-8" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
Access 10-minute walk from Saidaiji Station on the JR Ako Line.
Admission Fee Free in the precincts
Telephone 086-942-2058

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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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