Haraigawa River

Haraigawa

祓川

Description:

This is where the Yamabushi used to accomplish the purification water ritual (misogi 禊) before climbing Mt. Haguro when the roads didn't exist yet. The red bridge that connects the area with the small shrines and the Suga Falls is called Shinkyo 神橋 ("the divine bridge"). Before the 1870s, when Dewa Sanzan converted to Shintoism under the pressure of the government, the bridge used to be called Fudo no Hashi 不動の橋 ("Acala's bridge"), and the Suga Falls were called Fudo no Taki 不動の滝 ("Acala's Falls"). Despite its Shinto identity now, there are still Buddhist statues of Acala in front of the waterfalls.

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Practical Information:

To go there,  get on the bus bound for Haguro-Gassan (bus timetable) and get off at Haguro Zuishinmon mae 羽黒随神門前. 


You will need to go down Mt. Haguro's stairway to go there. The stone steps can be very slippery after the rain, so please watch your steps. Bring rainwear in case of bad weather, and water supply to prevent dehydration. 


Some people find Mt. Haguro's exploration to be a very physical exercise. Please make sure you are feeling well enough to walk Mt. Haguro's stone steps.

Around there:

Sanjingōsaiden

The shrine that worships the Three Mountains of Dewa altogether.

Kagami Lake

The lake in front of Sanjingosaiden is actually the deity of Haguro herself.

Hiking trails:

Hike to Mt. Haguro's pagoda

Hike to Mt. Haguro's pagoda

An easy walk up to the 700 years old National Treasure.

Hike to the top of Mt. Haguro

Hike to the top of Mt. Haguro

Climb the 2446 steps within the cedar forests that received 3 stars in the Green Michelin Guide.

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