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Mizusawa's Kumano shrine

Mizusawa no Kumano-jinja



Not far from the Minakami Hachiman Shrine, there is Mizusawa hamlet's Kumano Shrine, a generic name given to shrines that worship the gods of Kumano Sanzan (another trio of holy mountains of Shugendo spirituality).

The shrine was first built during the 10th century. Behind the shrine, the giant cedar tree, which age has been estimated over 1000 years old, has been registered in the National Natural Monuments lists in 1927. In 1932, a lightning bolt stroke the forest, provoking a giant fire near the cedar tree, but thanks to the hamlet's people's efforts, the cedar tree remained intact.


Practical Information:

Area: Yutagawa

Distance from the station: 25 min.

Distance from Yutagawa Onsen: 10 min. (bicycle)

Type: Spiritual

Bear encounters possible. We advise you to bring a bear bell.

Around there:

Zuishinmon Gate

The entrance gate to Mt. Haguro.


The shrine that worships the Three Mountains of Dewa altogether.

Hiking trails:

Mt. Kinbo's Pilgrimage

Mt. Kinbo's Pilgrimage

Dewa Sanzan is not the only sacred place of Shugendo in Tsuruoka. Discover another sacred Yamabushi place around Yutagawa Onsen.

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