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Okinawa Japan photography group featuring unique pictures of Okinawa
Both of these sacred structures were constructed in the year 1614. Tourinji is a buddhist temple which is part of the Myoshinji sect of Rinzaishu. The statues in this temple are the last remaining ones on all of the Okinawa Islands. The statues were made by pressing together pieces of Michelia compressa.
Gongendo Shrine is neighbors with Tourinji Temple. Gongendo Shrine was created in 1614 but was completely destroyed by the great tsunami of Meiwa in 1771, but was later rebuilt in 1786. Gongendo Shrine features a hipped roof structure and a wave style structure that has three rooms. Visitors often notice that the Gongendo Shrine has two elephant figure on the poles of the entrance yet elephants are not native animals anywhere in Japan.
From Ishigaki Airport: Approx 15 min. by car
Number of parking spaces: 10
Address: 285 Ishigaki, Ishigaki city, Okinawa