A Syncretic Mountain Sanctuary
Shishikaku was built as a guesthouse for Hozan-ji Temple, located on the side of Mt. Ikoma. With colored glass, a Western touch, a spiral staircase, made with advanced woodworking techniques, and a veranda supported by a scaffold that recalls Kiyomizu-dera (a noted Buddhist temple in Kyoto), the building is a highly developed hybrid of Western and temple-style architecture. This exemplifies the nature of Hozan-ji Temple, where a syncretistic fusion of Shinto and Buddhism still thrives, and Mt. Ikoma, a sacred mountain that has been a site of complex, public worship since before the modern era.