Toshoji Temple is a Buddhist temple located at Chiba prefecture in Kanto district. The temple is dedicated to Dainichi Nyorai ( Mahavairocana, the chief deity in Esoteric Buddhism ).
More Details (Japanese Site)
"宗吾霊堂（東勝寺）" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
|Address||1-558, Sogo, Narita-shi, Chiba, Japan
"千葉県成田市宗吾１－５５８" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
|Access||20-minute drive from the Tomisato I.C. on the Higashi-Kanto Expressway.|
|Admission Fee||Free in the precincts|
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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