Ubagami Shrine is a Shinto shrine located at Hokkaido prefecture in Hokkaido district. The shrine is dedicated to Sumiyoshi Sanjin ( the three Shinto gods Sokotsutsu no O no Mikoto, Nakatsutsu no O no Mikoto, and Uwatsutsu no O no Mikoto ). This shrine is famous for its lively festival.
More Details (Japanese Site)
"姥神大神宮" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
|Address||99 Ubagamicho, Esashi-cho, Hiyama-gun, Hokkaido, Japan
"北海道桧山郡江差町姥神町９９" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
|Access||20-minute walk from Esashi Station on the JR Esashi Line.|
|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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