Hirairi style: the entrance is on the non-gabled side

Hirairi or hirairi-zukuri (平入・平入造) is a Japanese traditional architectural structure, where the building has its main entrance on the side which runs parallel to the roof's ridge (non gabled-side). The shinmei-zukuri, nagare-zukuri, hachiman-zukuri, and hie-zukuri Shinto architectural styles belong to this type.[1] It survives mostly in religious settings.

In residential buildings, the entrance side is usually the long one, but from the Edo period onward the opposite became more frequent.


  1. "Sessha - Massha" (in Japanese). Yahoo! Japan. Retrieved January 31, 2011.
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