Kokubun-ji Temple’s three-story pagoda
Pagoda architecture by the third Mizuma Sagami no Kami
Modern shrine and temple architecture in Hida is based on the Japanese style, and displays an originality quite distinct from that of other regions in such elements as pillar supports.
During this period, many families made woodworking a family business over the generations, allowing the techniques of Hidanotakumi carpenters to be handed down. Above all, the Mizuma family, which declared itself the “Mizuma Sagami no Kami” for four generations from the mid-Edo Period, and produced excellent sculpturers, is said to have been directly descended from Hida Gon no Kami (Deputy Governor of Hida Province) Fujiwara Muneyasu, who is revered as the progenitor of Hidanotakumi carpenters. In the central part of the city stands the three-story pagoda of Kokubun-ji Temple.
The current pagoda was finally completed in 1821 with 800 ryo (obsolete unit of currency) of donations from general people and the work of 5,500 carpenters, 31 years after the pagoda had been blown down by a gale in 1791.
The pagoda is the only tower architecture in Hida, and one of Gifu Prefecture’s important cultural properties, in which Dainichi Nyorai (Vairocana), the central figure in the Diamond World and the Womb World of Shingon Esoteric Buddhism, resides.