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Mt. Kinbo




It is said the founder of Shugendo: En no Ozunu, first established this mountain as a place of worship in 672, through the building of Mt. Kinbo's shrine: Kinbôzan-jinja 金峯山神社. The main hall of the shrine got registered in the list of National Important Cultural Properties in 2001 for its importance in the history of the Shugendo religion.

Mt. Kinbo was once an annex of Mt. Haguro's temple until the early 17th century (1624-1643). Mt. Haguro's temples sent their disciples to Mt. Kinbo to preach Haguro's believes to the people of Yutagawa's area.

After 1692, Mt. Kinbo separated itself from Mt. Haguro's doctrine and belonged to the Chisan School of Shingon Buddhism.


Practical Information:

Area: Yutagawa

Distance from the station: 20 min.

Distance from Yutagawa Onsen: 2.5 hours hike

Type: Hiking/Spiritual

Height: 461m.

Around there:

Minakami Hachiman Shrine

Its moss-covered stone path and its thatch-roofed shrine (National Important Cultural Property) give this place a timeless atmosphere.

Mizusawa's Kumano shrine

The shrine was first built during the 10th century. Behind the shrine, the giant cedar tree, which age has been estimated over 1000 years old, has been registered in the National Natural Monuments lists in 1927.

Hiking trails:

Mt. Kinbo's Pilgrimage

Mt. Kinbo's Pilgrimage

Dewa Sanzan is not the only sacred place of Shugendo in Tsuruoka. Discover another sacred Yamabushi place around Yutagawa Onsen.

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