Designated a national treasure on June 11 , 1966. This is the oldest pagoda in Tohoku and
is said to have been built in the Heian Period (903–940) by Taira no Masakado. The pagoda standing today is thought to have been largely renovated approximately 600 years ago by Seiji Muto, the feudal lord of Shonai at that time. Standing 29m tall, the wooden pagoda has a 3ken (1ken=1.8m; counter used
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to number the gaps between pillars), five-story construction. Although it was originally a reliquary built to house the cremated remains of Buddha, the pagoda enshrined the Buddhist deity of mercy, Kannon. Today, it enshrines the deity, Okuninushinomikoto. Nearby is Jijisugi, an ancient Japanese cedar tree 1,000 years old and 10m around that has been designated a national natural monument, and rows of cedar trees dating back 350–500 years that are special natural monuments.