Sakaorinomiya Shrine is a Shinto shrine located at Yamanashi prefecture in Kanto district. The shrine is dedicated to Yamato Takeru no Mikoto ( Japanese folk hero known for his eastern expedition ).
More Details (Japanese Site)
"酒折宮" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
|Address||3-1-13, Sakaori, Koufu-shi, Yamanashi, Japan
"山梨県甲府市酒折３－１－１３" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
|Access||20-minute drive from the Ichinomiya-Misaka I.C. on the Chuo 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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