Sensoji Temple

Sensoji Temple

Sensoji Temple is a Buddhist temple located at Tokyo metropolis in Kanto district. The temple is dedicated to Sho Kannon ( Aryavalokitesvara ).

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Name Sensoji Temple
"浅草寺" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
Address 3-1 Asakusa 2-chome, Taitou-ku, Tokyo, Japan
"東京都台東区浅草2丁目3-1" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
Access 10-minute drive from the Komagata I.C. on the Shuto Expressway.
Admission Fee Free in the precincts
Telephone 03-3842-0181

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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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