Yushimatenjin Shrine is a Shinto shrine located at Tokyo metropolis in Kanto district. The shrine is dedicated to SUGAWARA no Michizane ( famous scholar during the Heian Period ).
More Details (Japanese Site)
"湯島天神" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
|Address||3-30-1, Yushima, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, Japan
"東京都文京区湯島３丁目３０番１号" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
|Access||2-minute walk from Yushima Station on the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda 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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