Small local shrines appear in every neighbourhood in Japan. No matter their size, they always feature the same elements: a main hall, and a torii gate.

Akiba Shrine, Eikakushinmachi, Toyota City

Akiba Shrine, in Ekakushinmachi, Toyota City
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Akiba Shrine, in Ekakushinmachi, Toyota City

Akiba Shrine also features a pair of lion-dog statues 「狛犬 koma-inu」 which act as spiritual guards.

This is the same shrine I visited in Toyota for traditional Japanese new year celebrations for 2011/12. The shrine is just a short walk from my 1LDK apartment in the area (watch a video tour of my 1LDK Japanese apartment).

Location of Akiba Shrine, Toyota:

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