Welcomed into Daishinbo Pilgrim Lodge, your Experience begins here, meeting your Yamabushi guide and interpreter. In the tradition of so many pilgrims before you, you will prepare yourself by donning a white robe, called “gyohi”, and creating a sacred boundary around yourself with your “shime”, an ornate paper necklace. Your pilgrimage starts when you leave the lodge and proceed to the mountain’s official entrance gate, Zuishinmon.
Your trek will pass through the gate, and your Yamabushi leader will guide you through the sacred and beautiful sites of Mount Haguro, touching on their spiritual importance as well as pausing for moments of reflection. After reaching the summit you will enter the very sanctuary of the Sanjingosaiden Shrine and participate in a ritual blessing inside. Having completed the pilgrimage from the Shukubo lodge, Daishinbo will present you with an “Ofuda” – the sacred talisman or charm. This is a symbol of your rebirth, a reminder, and a spiritual protection for your daily life.
This kind of pilgrimage is a popular way for lay-people to engage in Yamabushi practices and reconnect with nature in the sacred mountains of the Dewa Sanzan. In our Experience, we facilitate your participation in this time-honoure
Join a pilgrimage following the traditional route starting at a Shukubo Pilgrim Lodge and finishing at Dewa Sanzan Shrine
Experience a metaphoric journey from death to rebirth connecting you to nature and the Kami Gods and Buddha guided by a Yamabushi
Witness the spiritual sanctuary of Dewa Sanzan Shrine with the Michelin-starred row of cedar trees and thickest thatch roof in Japan on Dewa Sanzan Shrine at the top of Mt. Haguro at Dewa Sanzan
・The meeting point (Daishinbo Pilgrim Lodge at the base of Mt. Haguro) and finishing point (Dewa Sanzan Shrine at the top of Mt. Haguro) are two different places. Once finished, you can return to the meeting point by walking the same path pilgrims do, or take the bus down. Once finished, please spend some time at the top of the mountain. Meals at nearby Saikan are also available on request.
・Under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a guardian.
・Please note that in the case of very heavy rain, snow or typhoons, this activity may be cancelled.