The Spirit of Yamagata: a Virtual Journey

Mountain monks, sacred mountains, and the ways of Shugendo

When: Saturday - Mar 13th 2021

Join Japan Travel on a virtual pilgrimage to the Three Sacred Mountains of Dewa and learn about the ancient practices of Shugendo (the way of mountain worship) from Yamabushi mountain guides.

Join us LIVE at 2:00 pm JST:

Our next online journey takes us to Yamagata in northern Japan where we have two teams ready to guide us along ancient mountain paths and into temple lodgings. Along the way, we will deep dive into the local food and culture of the Yamabushi monks.

Mountain worship dates back to the 8th century of Japan and people from around Japan (and the world) make pilgrimages to these holy mountains to train the body, mind, and soul in the relatively untouched natural environments of Yamagata. On the tour, you can learn about visiting the area and joining your own Yamabushi training program in Japan as the mountain monks have recently opened their traditions and training to the world in order to further spread their philosophies and teachings.

The event takes place live on Zoom, so click the link before 2:00 pm (JST) on Saturday, March 13th.

Zoom URL:

Tour Highlights 14:00 - Opening and Introductions 14:05 - Team A - Introduction and outdoor hiking experience with a Yamabushi 14:30 - Team B - Temple lodging and shojin ryori (mountain cuisine) demonstration 14:50 - Live Question and Answer Session 15:00 - Closing

We will also talk about the city of Tsuruoka and the beautiful area of western Yamagata Prefecture. Looking forward to seeing you there!


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Join the discussion

Novia Mardasari 2 years ago
Interesting culture!
Kim 2 years ago
The tour was great! Definitely worth tuning in for!
Sébastien Duval 2 years ago
My visit of Dewa-Sanzan remains a great memory, and the vegan traditional cuisine was excellent :)
Looking forward to this, I'm sure it's gonna be interesting!
Sleiman Azizi 2 years ago
This should be interesting.