Uenotoshogu Shrine is a Shinto shrine located at Tokyo metropolis in Kanto district. The shrine is dedicated to TOKUGAWA Ieyasu ( the founder and first shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate ).
More Details (Japanese Site)
"上野東照宮" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
|Address||9-88, Uenokouen, Taitou-ku, Tokyo, Japan
"東京都台東区上野公園９－８８" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
|Access||10-minute drive from the Ueno I.C. on the Shuto 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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