After crossing over the murmuring Harai River in which worshippers purify themselves before praying, you’ll see the Five-storied Pagoda on the left. Standing 29m tall, the wooden pagoda has a shingled roof and beautiful, long eaves reminiscent of a swan taking flight. The towering construction presents a stunning sight throughout the seasons, and many make the trek in winter to see it covered in snow. It is said to have been built by Taira no Masakado, a military commander, and was restored in 1608 by Yoshiaki Mogami, the wealthy feudal lord of the Yamagata Domain in Dewa Province. It is the only five-storied pagoda designated a national treasure in the northeastern region.