Yasaka Shrine is a Shinto shrine located at Kyoto prefecture in Kinki district. The shrine is dedicated to Susanoo no Mikoto ( the god of bravery and marriage ). It is designated as World Cultural Heritage Site.This shrine is famous for its gorgeous festival, called Gion Matsuri.
More Details (Japanese Site)
"八坂神社" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
|Address||625 Gionmachikitagawa, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, Japan
"京都府京都市東山区祇園町北側６２５" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
|Access||20-minute drive from the Kyoto-Minami I.C. on the Meishin 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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