If you're in the vicinity of Hamamatsu Castle, it's worth dropping by at Toshogu, a small but appealing shrine just to the east of the park. Its appeal lies in the intimate setting, and the range of different carvings you'll find around the shrine building: there's a pair of unusually chubby guardian lions, menacing dragons up in the eaves, and a couple of relief carvings that are a bit weathered but still interesting.
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