Mt. Yudono's yamabushi trail

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What is it..?

   Mt. Yudono's Yamabushi trail is the path that is used by the pilgrims of the Dewa Sanzan to reach Mt. Yudono's shrine at the top of the mountain. 

While most people choose to ride the shuttle bus up to the top (8min. ride) or walk the paved road on foot, Yamabushi pilgrims go there through an adventurous path. 

There are many Buddhist steles and Shintoist spots where Yamabushi pray and sing their incantations along the way.  
They will then have to cross a wild forest, climb down and up some ladders, cross a river, and undergo the waterfall training for the bravest ones.

This hiking trail is perilous, especially the river and the ladder parts. We recommend being accompanied by a Yamabushi monk. Please don't attempt this if you have health conditions and/or don't have the appropriate climbing gear/yamabushi outfit.

Please remind that you will have water up to the knees and that you will have to climb a metal ladder after that. It can get very slippery, so be extremely careful when climbing.

70 MIN

3KM

DANGER

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STEPS:

STEP 1

Go to Mt. Yudono. 

By bus, get off at Yudonosan Senninzawa 湯殿山仙人沢.

There are limited buses so please check carefully the timetables before departure.

STEP 2

Go up the paved road for a while. You should arrive at this red bridge. 

You will see several steles on your way.

STEP 3

The entrance to the path is hidden behind the bush. Don't miss it! 

From there, you will have to climb down a ladder stuck in the rock. Be careful.

STEP 4

You arrived at the banks of a river. You will have to cross it. It's slippery, so watch your steps. Keep all your electronic devices and precious belongings in waterproof cases.

STEP 5

You arrived at the yamabushi training's waterfall. If you are experienced or if you have a yamabushi guide with you, you can try it out. But remember: it is dangerous and painful.

STEP 6

On the right, there is a long ladder stuck in the rock. Climb it. This is the most dangerous part of the path, please make sure to not have slippery shoes and hold tightly to the ladder. Don't attempt if you get easily dizzy.

STEP 7

You're inside a deep forest. Find your way forward to the Mt. Yudono shrine. The bushes might have gotten wild on your way, push them away.

STEP 8

You're at the top of Mt. Yudono. You will need to remove your shoes and socks to take the purification prayer (500 yen).

STEP 9

You did it! Otsukaresama deshita お疲れ様でした! ("Congratulations for your efforts")

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