Yamabushido Extended Training

Program Outline

This is a full five-day experience. It takes place on Mt.Haguro, Mt.Gassan, and Mt.Yudono (all three sacred mountains in Dewa). Limited seats are available.

Day 1 "Disconnection"

An opportunity to disconnect from the everyday world in preparation for your adventure. Connect to your inner self in an ancient Japanese monastery.

Day 2 - 4 Authentic Yamabushi practice

Day 5 "Post-Yamabushi Restoration"

Feel the sense of universe at the Yamabushi territory in the Sea of Japan.


Training Locations

Mt. Haguro, Mt. Gassan and Mt. Yudono, the three Dewa Mountains, considered highly sacred in Japanese culture. Traditionally and among select groups today, Dewa Sanzan is a unique hub of animistic Shinto and Buddhist fusion, where different forms of Japanese spirituality blend into one.

They represent the past, the present, and the future.

Mt. Gassan is the mountain for the souls of the dead. It is the highest of the three sacred mountains. It represents the past, the things that we want to let go of.

Mt. Haguro represents the present. The Haguro hike climbs 2,446 stone steps, which pilgrims have walked for more than 1,000 years.

Mt. Yudono represents the future, and the possibility of new potential after rebirth, and casting off the past.

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Mt. Haguro, stone steps
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Mt. Yudono, Torii gate
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Mt. Gassan, Pilgrim Trail

Schedule

5 days, 4 nights

Schedule in 2017

(3 times a year only)

July 24th-28th
September 10th-14th, 24th-28th

Other options are available. Feel free to contact us.


Master Hoshino

All Yamabushido Programs are supervised by Master Hoshino, a famous local Yamabushi priest, and the 13th generation of his family to follow this vocation. Master Hoshino lives in and runs Daishōbō, a pilgrim lodge located at the foot of Mt. Haguro.

He has dedicated his life to living as a Yamabushi, introducing many people from all over the world to its mystical power.

His approach to the Yamabushi tradition is grounded in deep tradition, but also made deeply relevant to the way we live our lives today.

* Master Hoshino may not be present with the group throughout the whole program

Accommodation

We provide accommodation at Daishōbō pilgrim lodge at the foothills of Dewa Mountains.

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Daishōbō
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Daishōbō Entrance

Day 1 Cozy western-style single room
Day 4 Yudono-an or Tamaya in Yutagawa Onsen

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Yudono-an
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Yudono-an
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Tamaya
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Tamaya

Meals

On the first day, you will eat a simple meal at Zenpōji Temple and a smaller dinner to ready you for proper Shugyō training that begins the next day.

Day two to day four is proper Shugyō training, and the meal for Shugyō training is very simple; rice, Miso soup, and small pickles.

On the fourth day, there is a special lunch with hand-made Shojin Cuisine and local Sake made by the landlady of Daishōbō. Please be aware that allergy free meals will not be available during Shugyō unless specially requested. The meals will include rice, miso paste (soybeans and rice), Tofu, Seaweed, Japanese herbs, mushrooms, and Fu (wheat gluten).

On the fifth day, we will have a more substantial meal of meat, fish, or vegetables to help you adjust back to normal life.

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Limited meals will be served during the Training..
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Transportation Service

To / From Shonai Airport or Tsuruoka Station is included.


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