Shiogama Shrine

Shiogama Shrine

Shiogama Shrine is a Shinto shrine located at Miyagi prefecture in Tohoku district. The shrine is dedicated to Shiotsuchi no Oji ( the god of big catch, sea voyage and salt manufacture ). It was a shrine occupying the highest rank among the shrines of a province.This shrine is famous for its beautiful scenery in the season of colored leaves.

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Name Shiogama Shrine
"鹽竈神社" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
Address 1-1, Ichimoriyama, Shiogama-shi, Miyagi, Japan
"宮城県塩竈市一森山1-1" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
Access 10-minute drive from the Rifu-Shiogama I.C. on the Sanriku Expressway.
Admission Fee Free in the precincts
Telephone 022-367-1611

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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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