A Syncretic Mountain Sanctuary

Hozan-ji Temple Shishikaku

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.

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  • Hozan-ji Temple Shishikaku

    Ikoma, Nara Prefecture

    Matsutarou Yoshimura

    1884

    http://www.hozanji.com/index.html

  • Hozan-ji Temple Shishikaku

    Ikoma, Nara Prefecture

    Matsutarou Yoshimura

    1884

    http://www.hozanji.com/index.html