Hondo (main hall) of Hokke-ji Temple
A powerful hondo tightly related to Takayama Castle
It is said that Kanamori Shigeyori, the third lord of Takayama Castle, relocated one of the buildings of his castle, and used it as the hondo of this temple in 1632 out of compassion for the soul of Kato Mitsumasa, who had been exiled from Kyushu and died in this land.
The hondo is one of the stately buildings related to Takayama Castle featuring the shoin-zukuri-style along with the shoro-mon (gate with a bell tower) of Unryu-ji Temple, the honden (main building) of Sogen-ji Temple, and the emaden (hall for votive horse tablets) of Shinmei Shrine.
The roof truss structure features thin members reinforced with crosspieces. It is simple yet elegant and robust, differing from other shrine and temple architectures.
This is a valuable tourist spot where visitors can learn about castle architecture created by Hidanotakumi carpenters.