Japan Heritage SiteThree Mountains of Dewa

6The Five-Story Pagoda of Mt. Haguro

Hagurosan Gojunotou

(National Treasure)

Originally constructed by Taira-no-Masakado during the Heian Period (794-1185), the current pagoda was purportedly rebuilt in 1372. The roof was built in an antique Japanese style, kokerabuki, and the wooden pagoda was made using a technique called san-ken-go-sō or “three ken (a Japanese unit of measurement) and five layers,” producing a structure regarded as one of the most beautiful pagodas in Japan.