MT. HAGURO

羽黒山

THE MOUNTAIN OF REBIRTH

414m. high

Grandpa Cedar and the Pagoda
Grandpa Cedar and the Pagoda

Grandpa Cedar and the Pagoda

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Dewa Sanzan shrine
Dewa Sanzan shrine

Dewa Sanzan shrine

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Mt. Haguro's stairway
Mt. Haguro's stairway

Mt. Haguro's stairway

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Grandpa Cedar and the Pagoda
Grandpa Cedar and the Pagoda

Grandpa Cedar and the Pagoda

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 According to legend—as it is told in the manuscript Haguro's Origins (羽黒山縁起), written in 1644—Mt. Haguro was discovered by a mysterious prince named Nojo Taishi 能除太子 (also known as Prince Hachiko) in 593.

 

What do we know about Prince Hachiko?

 

Prince Hachiko 蜂子皇子 was born in 542. His father, the Emperor Sushun 崇峻天皇, was assassinated by a jealous rival by the name of Soga no Umako 蘇我馬子, in 592. Following his cousin's advice, Prince Shotoku Taishi, Hachiko decided to flee the capital in search of a sacred Buddhist mountain where he could pray for despair in the world to end. This mountain was to be found in what was called the "Land of Dewa."

 

He embarked on his long journey and along the way he met many people who were suffering. Hachiko "absorbed" their pain with his magical powers, delivering them from their illnesses. In  doing so, his physical appearance became distorted and atrocious, warping his facial features into something monstrous. But despite his scary features, Prince Hachiko was reputed to be a loving and compassionate man—almost a saint.

 

Guided by a three-legged crow known to be a messenger from the gods, the prince found Mt. Haguro, designating it a holy place of Buddhism in 593.

 

The Shinto god worshipped at Mt. Haguro is called Ukanomitama ウカノミタマ, goddess of cereal and crops.

Climbing map

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Mt. Haguro is:

Part of the National Park of Bandai-Asahi

Home to a National Treasure

Part of the Japanese Heritage: "The Journey of Rebirth"

Haguro's highlights:

HIKING SEASON:

MAY - EARLY DECEMBER

Bus

DON'T MISS THE BUS!

If you want to climb the stone stairway, you must get off the bus  at Hagurosan Zuishinmon 羽黒山随神門. For those that wish to go stra