Shirahige Shrine

Shirahige Shrine

Shirahige Shrine is a Shinto shrine located at Shiga prefecture in Kinki district. The shrine is dedicated to Sarutahiko no Mikoto ( the god of traffic safety ).

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Name Shirahige Shrine
"白鬚神社" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
Address 215, Ukawa, Takashima-shi, Shiga, Japan
"滋賀県高島市鵜川215" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
Access 40-minute drive from the Kyoto-Higashi I.C. on the Meishin Expressway.
Admission Fee Free in the precincts
Telephone 0740-36-1555

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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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