Haiden (worship hall) of Higashiyama Hakusan Shrine
The beauty of the shrine and temple architecture is visible
The Mizuma family that declared itself as “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 the Hidanotakumi carpenters. The family specialized in shrine and temple architecture for generations. Haiden of Higashiyama Hakusan Shrine is the work of the third Mizuma Sagami.
One of the beautiful elements of shrine and temple architecture in Hida is the elegance of the roof. The curved lines of the roofs of shrine and temple architecture, showing beauty resembling the shapes of mountains in Hida, are formed through the sensibility of master-carpenters based on techniques orally transmitted from masters for generations.
Higashiyama Hakusan Shrine is said to have been founded in 719. Also, the shrine is considered to be one of the top three shrines in Higashiyama along with Higashiyama Shinmei Shrine and Nishikiyama Shrine, and is said to be the oldest shrine in Takayama City. The float, which is drawn in the reisai (regular festival) held on May 5 every year, is on the list of important tangible folk cultural properties designated by the prefecture, and the octagonal mikoshi (portable shrine) is on the list of important tangible folk cultural properties designated by the city.