Maeda Toshitune, as a distant descendant of “Kitano-Tenmma-Tenjin” (the deified spirit of Sugawara no Michizane enshrined in Kitano Tenmangu), ordered the master builder, Yamagami Zenemon, of Kaga-han to build a shrine dedicated to the worship of the deified spirit of Sugawara no Michizane and the shrine master's residence called "Bairin-in".The main shrine contains all the worship areas in one single-story structure, a style called "gongen-zukuri" , where the roofs of all buildings are all united into one roof.
Front of the Main Shrine
Shrine gate seen from behind, also called Red Gate because of its color
The shrine gate is in red lacquer, with four posts. The main buildings of the shrine including the shrine gate were designated in 1961 as important national cultural properties as representative examples of early Tokugawa architecture.
Between the main shrine and the shrine gate is a fifteen-storied stone tower, which has existed since the shrine's construction, and is believed that this tower is the oldest existing tower with fifteen stories in Japan, where no temple pagoda with more than thirteen stories was said to exist in Japan. The tower was designated by the city of Komatsu as an important cultural asset.
Mirror Board of Noh Stage
copyright Komatsu Tenmangu 2007
After the Meiji Restoration, the art of Noh was faced with great danger and many Noh stages were either desserted or used by other artistic performance. The Noh stage used by one of Noh families (Housho family), employed by Maeda lord of Kanazawa-han, was moved to Komatsu Tenmangu in 1886 on behalf of many Komatsu citizens donations. One characteristic of Noh stage utilized in Kanazawa han is said to lie in the Mirror Board, on which white ume blossom is painted along with an ancient pine tree (see figure on the right).