Here, we will introduce the changes to Dewa Sanzan and Mt. Haguro in an easy to understand manner, with illustrations, to make your trip more enjoyable when you visit. However, the stories presented here are only part of what has happened. You should definitely visit Dewa Sanzan today in its current landscape, and experience the various stories of its past.
Since ancient times, Japanese people that live alongside mountains have prayed to the mountain as gods.
The mountain was said to have been founded by Prince Hachiko (Nojo Taishi).
Based around mountain worship, a unique mix of the religions of Shinto and Buddhism was established.
As the Edo period began, there was a boom in worship among common people and the number of worshipers visiting Dewa Sanzan increased rapidly. Mt. Haguro also became bustling.
Two great men
Tenyu, the 50th steward of Mt. Haguro
Kakujun, the 75th steward of Mt. Haguro
To carry out the policy of making Shinto the national religion by the Meiji government, there was a policy of separating Shinto and Buddhism.
After World War II, while the era of State Shinto came to an end, there remained a separation between Shinto and Buddhism and shrines, temples and pilgrim lodgings started to take different paths.
In the Showa to early Heisei period, many people in the religious community packed sightseeing buses from all over eastern Japan.
Due to the declining birthrate and aging population within the religious community, worshippers decreased and there was a return to hard times.
Things and items related to the Dewa Sanzan faith began increasingly to be registered as cultural property and utilized as a tourism asset.
In the year of Eto, when the mountain was opened, this led to a booming year of celebration and Yamabushi training also started for foreigners.
2017 The “Senbutsudo” was built inside the shrine, enshrining 220 statues of Buddha.
2019 The chief priest of the Dewa Sanzan Shrine, the chief priest of the Shozen’in Temple, and the Daisho-bo pilgrim lodging held “three-way talks on the past, present, and future of the top and foot of the mountain.”