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Yamabushi Training on Mt. Yudono
Get a firsthand look at the ascetic training of ancient mountain worship
The three sacred mountains of Dewa, one of the oldest mountain pilgrimage sites in Japan, have been a religious center for more than 1,400 years. Monks who dedicate themselves to training in these mountains are called Yamabushi, known to strive for self-discipline and self-improvement through the practices and rituals of the ancient religion of Shugendo. During the Yamabushi mountain ascetic training, you will be guided through the rituals of takigyo (meditation under a waterfall), himatsuri (leaping over fire) and gyoshoku (meals during training).
* Actual program may vary depending on weather and other conditions.
When to go: July through September