Uesugi Shrine is a Shinto shrine located at Yamagata prefecture in Tohoku district. The shrine is dedicated to UESUGI Kenshin ( one of the most famous Samurai worriers in the Japanese Warring States Period, called ”Dragon of Echigo Province” ).
More Details (Japanese Site)
"上杉神社" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
|Address||4-13 Marunouchi 1-chome, Yonezawa-shi, Yamagata, Japan
"山形県米沢市丸の内１丁目４－１３" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
|Access||60-minute drive from the Fukushima-Iizaka I.C. on the Tohoku 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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