Mt. Yudono's yamabushi trail
What is it..?
Mt. Yudono's Yamabushi trail is the path that the pilgrims of the Dewa Sanzan use 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 DO NOT attempt this if you have health conditions and/or don't have the appropriate climbing gear/yamabushi outfit. Children or people with a health condition SHOULD NOT attempt hiking this trail.
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.