Souma Shrine

Souma Shrine

Souma Shrine is a Shinto shrine located at Fukushima prefecture in Tohoku district. The shrine is dedicated to Amenominakanushi no Mikoto ( the god of creation ).

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Name Souma Shrine
"相馬神社" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
Address 101, Kitamachi, Nakamura, Soma-shi, Fukushima, Japan
"福島県相馬市中村字北町101" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
Access 10-minute drive from the Soma I.C. on the Joban Expressway.
Admission Fee Free in the precincts
Telephone 0244-35-3362

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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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