Shirakawahachiman Shrine

Shirakawahachiman Shrine

Shirakawahachiman Shrine is a Shinto shrine located at Gifu prefecture in Chubu district. The shrine is dedicated to Emperor Ohjin ( legendary emperor worshipped as god of military arts ). It is designated as World Cultural Heritage Site.

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Name Shirakawahachiman Shrine
"白川八幡神社" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
Address 559, Ogimachi, Shirakawa-mura, Ono-gun, Gifu, Japan
"岐阜県大野郡白川村荻町559" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
Access 10-minute drive from the Shirakawago I.C. on the Tokai-Hokuriku Expressway.
Admission Fee Free in the precincts
Telephone 05769-6-1624


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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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