Honden (main building) of Araki Shrine
Gracefully integrating tree-style designs
Araki Shrine is one of the Hida shikinai-hassha (eight shrines in Hida listed in the Engishiki laws), and has long been called “Araki-go Araki-gu,” or “Kahaku Daimyojin.” This shrine has long drawn many local worshippers to the deity of rivers and the deity of water.
The honden (main building) is said to have been reconstructed in 1390. After that, following several minor repairs, the appearance of this structure was totally renewed with the great renovation in 1932.
The building features persimmon roofing and sangensharyu-zukuri style from the early Muromachi Period, and the hakomune (tilted type) roof has inokosasushiki-style tsumakazari (embellishment of gable pediments) and futanoki shigetaruki (a closely spaced parallel double row of rafters). The omoya (main building) has a strong funahijiki (horizontal member) on the round pillars. Karayo mitto (Chinese-style entablatures) are placed on the tetragonal thick pillars of the gohai (a roof built over the steps leading up to the temple building). Entablatures with Tenjiku-yo sarato (Indian-style dish-shaped members) are shown at both ends of the kibana (wooden nosing).
The honden of Araki Shrine has been designated as a national important cultural property for its elegant appearance created by integrating various tree-style designs—wa-yo (Japanese style), Zenshu-yo (Zen-sect style), and daibutsu-yo (also called “Tenjiku-yo” (Indian style)).