The main gate of the temple, dating in its latest reconstruction to 1425, has been designated a National Treasure. The two-story gate is five bays wide, with three doors and ladders on either end leading up into the second story. Though fundamentally a wayô ("Japanese-style") structure, the gate features elements of daibutsuyô ("Great Buddha Style") and Zen architecture.
- Amino Yoshihiko, Alan Christy (trans.), Rethinking Japanese History, Center for Japanese Studies, University of Michigan (2012), 147n5.
- Gallery labels, National Museum of Japanese History.