Iwakura Road in Nakaotai

The area of Nagoya that we live in is called Kamiotai, which is right next to an area called Nakaotai. In Nakaotai, there is a very old road that’s painted yellow called the Iwakura Road. There are some old style houses and some temples and shrines along it. Yesterday, we took a walk there.

Garden decor

A cute owl, frog, and lantern garden decoration outside one of the homes.

Indonesian Statue

I have never seen one of these statues at any temple or shrine I’ve been to in Japan. It says that the statues are Indonesian-style on the plaque underneath.

Guardian Left

The guardian on the left side of the gate.

Right Guardian

The guardian on the right side of the gate.

Glass temple

This temple was very interesting inside the gates, too. It looked kind of like a modern church because the building was all made from wood and glass.


The empty cleansing fountain.

Further down the road, we found a shrine. It had really intricate carvings.

Carvings 1

Carvings on the outward facing side of the platform.

Carvings 2

Carvings on the inward facing side of the platform.

Komainu Boy

The shrine had a pair of particularly fierce looking komainu. This is the male komainu. You can tell because he has a ball under his paw (cut out of the picture).

Komainu Girl

This is the female komainu. You can tell she is a female because she has a komainu cub under her paw.

After walking along the road, we headed to Ozone, so the next post will be about that.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Marie Elder
    Apr 22, 2013 @ 17:50:13

    Great pictures……I’m enjoying all your posts!


  2. Barb Lange
    Apr 22, 2013 @ 18:10:51

    Thanks for sharing! Great pictures!!


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