A 3-day experience under the direction of a certified Yamabushi guide. Taking place on Mt Haguro and Mt. Kinbō.

This is a 3-day experience under the direction of a certified Yamabushi guide. It takes place on Mt Haguro and Mt. Kinbō .

"Yamabushi training is the simple philosophy of placing yourself in nature and feeling, not thinking, in order to rejuvenate back to your true self." - Takeharu Kato (local Yamabushi guide)

Yamabushido is a new word that we are using to describe the wider practice of the Yamabushi (mountain priest training), as we explain it to an international audience. It includes not just the mountain training, but also the philosophy and the values of the Yamabushi. The aim of Yamabushido is to provide something for international guests that they can use powerfully even after they have returned to their ordinary lives.

During training, guests stay at the Daishō bō pilgrim's lodge; an important Shugendo location. Such pilgrim lodges until recently were reserved for Shugendo initiates, but with our training the doors are open to you too.



Jul. 3rd-5th

Jul. 10th-12th,

Aug. 21st-23rd

Sep. 25th-27th

Oct. 2nd-4th

Oct. 9th-11th

Oct. 16th-18th

Oct. 23rd-25th,

Oct. 30th-Nov. 1st

Price and Booking

¥ 150,000 per person


  • Dewa Sanzan, Yamagata
  • Culture, Hiking / Trekking, Other
  • 3 days
  • Jul 3rd to Nov 1st
  • Average
  • High
  • AM
  • Max 10
  • Tsuruoka station

What's Included

Accommodation & meals
Main Guide/Local Yamabushi (certified, English speaking Support Guide )

What's Not included

Transport to and from start of tour


  • Dressing in Yamabushi robes
  • Yamabushi on mountain top
  • Yamabushi training evening meal
  • Yamabushi waterfall meditation
  • Yamabushi trainees hiking
  • Yamabushi training with fire
  • Yamabushi trainees preparing for waterfall meditation
  • Yamabushi training hike through temple


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