A Guide to Kyoto’s Wooden and Traditional Architecture
There is a variety of styles when it comes to a Torii gate, and in Kyoto, you can visit one of the extremely rare Mihashira Torii (三柱鳥居) or Three Pillar Torii gate. It is located in the rather quiet shrine of Konoshima Jinja (木嶋神社), which is nicknamed the Silkworm Shrine.
Within Konoshima Jinja there are a few Torii gates along with a number of Shinto buildings. The other Torii gates inside the Shrine are made of wood and were built in the unassuming Shinmei Torii style, the triangular Mihashira Torii is of the Myojin Torii variety. The kasagi (笠木), or top lintels, intersect at the three corners. While the original date of the Mihashira Torii is unknown, the current structure was rebuilt in stone in the year 1831 after a fire. However, as depicted in the Hokusai Manga, the Mihashira Torii was originally made out of wood!
Even though Suikoushya International Craft School is now up and running in France, our Kyoto workshop will still continue to operate and we want to welcome you when you’re in Kyoto!
Mihashira Torii (三柱鳥居) or Three Pillar Torii gate~Kyoto Traditional Architecture guide~