Yutoku Shrine is a Shinto shrine located at Saga prefecture in Kyushu district. The shrine is dedicated to Ukanomitama no Mikoto ( the god of foodstuffs ).
More Details (Japanese Site)
"祐徳稲荷神社" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
|Address||1855 Furueda, Kashima-shi, Saga, Japan
"佐賀県鹿島市古枝下古枝１８５５" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
|Access||30-minute drive from the Ureshino I.C. on the Nagasaki 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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