Honden (main building) of Kumano Shrine
Pass Hida’s architectural style of shrines down to the present
This building was originally a chinju-sha shrine (Shinto shrine on Buddhist temple grounds dedicated to the tutelary deity of the area) of Hida Ankoku-ji Temple, and presumed to be constructed in the late Muromachi Period. Descended from Araki Shrine’s honden, which is impressive for its elegant appearance, and Atayuta Shrine’s honden, which has broadly been enshrined as a soja (a shrine where all local deities are enshrined) of this region, Kumano Shrine’s honden is an important building for learning about the flow of Shinto architecture in the Hida region.
The honden of Kumano Shrine is in ikkensha-style misetana-zukuri (a type of an architectural style of Japanese Shinto shrines), with which excellent architectural techniques have been integrated, such as kibana (wooden nosings) at the ends of penetrating tie beams to be decorated face-to-face on the pillars of a front gohai (a roof built over the steps leading up to a temple building). The honden features a persimmon shingle roof covering, which has been left from ancient times, and is the oldest existing honden in the city.