Japan Heritage SiteThree Mountains of Dewa

9Mt. Haguro’s Sanjin Gōsaiden

Hagurosan Sanjin Gosaiden

(Nationally Designated Important Cultural Property)

Sanjin Gōsaiden (previously Jakkōdera) is the main shrine building at the top of Mt. Haguro. The building enshrines the deities of Mt. Haguro, Mt. Gassan, and Mt. Yudono together. Its valuable wooden structure and thatched roof, dating back to the middle ages, have also been preserved. The pond in front of the building, Mitarashi-ike, is also called Kagami-ike (“Mirror Pond”) after the offerings of bronze mirrors that have been made to it since the Heian period (794-1185).