[Karamon(Chinese style gate)]
The Karamon was built in 1651.
Gold foil as well as hand carved flowers and birds ornately decorate the doors and both sides of the gate.
Two dragons are carved on the gate pillars that stand on both sides of the Karamon.
They are known as Noboriryu and Kudariryu, which means Ascending Dragon and Descending Dragon.
The dragons are said to be the works of Hidari Jingoro, a famous sculptor who lived in the Edo period.