Mt. Yudono's yamabushi trail
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.