Experience the Mystery of Mountain Asceticism: Yamagata Yamabushi Tour
“Yamabushi” mountain warriors have been practicing Shugendo, an ascetic discipline aiming at physical and spiritual perfection, in the mountains of Yamagata for over 1200 years.
This tour gives you a chance to experience a full day and night of this traditional discipline.
You will wear Yamabushi, clothes, eat Yamabushi food, do Zen meditation, and perform the strenuous walking meditation knows as “Tosou” surrounded by the rugged beauty of the Dewa Sanzan mountain range.
At night, you will stay in the traditional lodgings for religious pilgrims known as “Shukubo” and have a chance to eat “shojin ryori”, a simple but delicious vegetarian dinner.
You will feel like a new person!
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This tour is produced by Travel Tohoku
What might seem like common practice and everyday values to local Japanese people can be new and attractive treasures through the eyes of people from different countries and cultures! There are so many unknown and enticing treasures just waiting to be discovered in Tohoku – come and find them!