This shrine is across the road from the Irieoka train station. I had walked by this place many times, but this was the first time I took a look around. It turned out to be more interesting than what it looked like from the street. It was another gloomy day, but not raining when I was visiting.
Many shrines have one big old tree. This one did too.
Just a few steps down from the street and you are on the shrine grounds. It is so close to the street that I think drivers have to be careful.
The door was locked but I could look in. Seems like storage.
Komainu (lion-dogs) are often seen guarding the entrance to the shrine worship hall. They are thought to protect the space around the god from evil. One has an open mouth and the other a closed mouth. I usually see one with a ball. Here, the one on the right has an open mouth and a ball under its foot.
The one on the left has a closed mouth and a small lion-dog under its foot! I don't know what that is about.