Sanmyoji Temple

Sanmyoji Temple

Sanmyoji Temple is a Buddhist temple located at Aichi prefecture in Chubu district. The temple is dedicated to Senjyu Kannon ( Thousand-Armed Avalokiteshwara ).

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Name Sanmyoji Temple
"三明寺" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
Address 37 Toyokawacho, Toyokawa-shi, Aichi, Japan
"愛知県豊川市豊川町波通37" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
Access 5-minute drive from the Toyokawa I.C. on the Tomei Expressway.
Admission Fee Free in the precincts
Telephone 0533-86-9661

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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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