Shoshazan Temple

Shoshazan Temple

Shoshazan Temple is a Buddhist temple located at Hyogo prefecture in Kinki district. The temple is dedicated to Nyoirin Kannon ( the Bodhisattva of Compassion ). It is the 27th temple of the 33 Saigoku Kannon Pilgrimage.This temple is famous for its amazing structures called Kake-zukuri (overhang style).

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Name Shoshazan Temple
"書写山圓教寺" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
Address 2968, Syosya, Himeji-shi, Hyogo, Japan
"兵庫県姫路市書写2968" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
Access 4-minute ropeway ride from Ropeway Sanroku Station to Summit Station.
Admission Fee Free in the precincts
Telephone 079-266-3327

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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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