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MT. YUDONO

湯殿山

THE MOUNTAIN OF FUTURE

1500m. high

Mount Yudono was not always part of the Dewa Sanzan. For geographical survey reasons, Mt. Yudono replaced Mt. Hayama (which, itself, replaced Mt. Chokai) in the early 17th century. It is said that Mt. Yudono was made a sacred place for Buddhism by Kukai—the founder of Shingon Buddhism himself.

 

Who is Kukai?

 

Kukai, also known as Kobo Daishi (774-835), is a Japanese monk who founded the Shingon school of Buddhism. People considered him a Shaman, someone who could grant wishes by reciting spells. In Shingon Buddhism, the Buddha embodies the entire universe and incarnates the Universal Truth; he is called  Vairocana (in Japanese: Dainichi-nyorai). In Kukai’s Shingon Buddhism, followers are taught how to "become a Vairocana Buddha" by reciting Vairocana's words. According to Kukai, everybody can become a "Buddha" in their present life. This concept is called Sokushinjobutsu 即身成仏, and is attainable through enlightenment and esoteric training.

 

Haguro and Yudono—a complicated relationship

 

When Mt. Haguro converted to Tendai Buddhism in 1642 for political reasons, Mt. Yudono was expected to do the same. But Mt. Yudono refused to substitute Tendai Buddhism for Shingon; to do so would be considered treasonous to Kukai, the mountain's founder. As a result, Mt. Haguro's officials were outraged by Yudono's refusal to abide by their rules and convert to Shingon Buddhism.

 

Temples on Mt. Yudono, such as Dainichibo and Churenji, subsequently turned the Sokushinjobutsu concept into a concrete practice: live mummification. Out of the 20 sokushinbutsu mummies in Japan, 11 of them were monks who trained on Mt. Yudono. There are 8 mummies in Yamagata Prefecture (4 in Tsuruoka, and 2 in Sakata City). Others can be found in Niigata Prefecture.

Climbing map

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HIKING SEASON:

LATE APRIL - LATE OCTOBER

DON'T MISS THE BUS!

Get off the bus at Yudonosan Senninzawa 湯殿山仙人沢.

NO BUS FOR THE MOMENT

IT'S A RELIGIOUS PLACE...

We welcome all kinds of hikers! However, we would like you to remember this is a sacred place and that you should be considerate of the people around you, do not be too loud and do not litter. Thank you!

COME WITH THE APPROPRIATE GEAR !

Even if it is hot in Tsuruoka City, at Mt. Yudono it can be very cold! Please bring warm jackets, raincoats, hiking boots and sunglasses with you.

YUDONO'S HIGHLIGHTS

Dainichibo Temple

Ryusuiji Dainichibo 龍水寺大日坊

The cost to tour the temple is 500 yen, and here you will meet

 Shinnyokai, one of the 4 sokushinbutsu mummies in Tsuruoka.

Tamugimata Village

​田麦俣

Known for its emblematic thatch-roofed houses, the Tamugimata village is only 15 minutes away from Mt. Yudono by car.

Oami Village

大網

The small village of Oami is a 25-minute car ride from Mt. Yudono. There you will find the Churenji and Dainichibo temples, which both contain a sokushinbutsu mummy.

Tamahime Inari Shrine

​玉姫稲荷神社

Inari Shrines are recognizable by their numerous torii gates and  fox statues. Foxes are worshipped as gods who protect cereal and agriculture.

Mizuko Kannon

​水子観音

Mizuko Kannon is the god of mercy who protects the souls of  stillborn babies and infants who have lost their lives prematurely.

Yudonosan Sanrojo

湯殿山参篭所

For contemporary food options, check out the Yudonosan Resthouse, just below Yudonosan Sanrojo. They serve ramen/soba lunches and also sell good-luck charms and souvenirs.

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Our tours in Yudono

WHERE TO STAY?

Worried that you'll miss the bus back to Tsuruoka? Stay in Yudono's pilgrim lodge!

湯殿山参籠所

Yudonosan Sanrojo

Shinto shukubo (pilgrim lodge)

Address:

六十里山7 Tamugimata, Tsuruoka, Yamagata 997-0532, Japan

Reference price (1 night, 2 meals):

¥

8950

GO FURTHER

Rokujurigoe-kaido trail

A blood-pumping 44 km-long pilgrimage trail that has served as the connection between Gassan and Yudono for the past1200 years.

DEGAM Tsuruoka Tourism Bureau (General Incorporated Association)

Adresse: 3-1 Suehiromachi, MARICA East Building, 2nd floor, Tsuruoka, Yamagata 997-0015, JAPAN

TEL: (+81) 0235-26-1218

E-mail: tsuruoka@degam.jp

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