Connect your body and mind by visiting Dewasanzan
It is easy to refresh mind, body and experience something that fills your soul with a lot of positivity. One can take a pilgrimage to the famous Dewa Sanzan in the Tsuruoka city. From over 1400 years the three mountains of Dewa or the Dewa Sanzan registers thousands of worshippers that makes the pilgrimage of rebirth. Each from the Sacred Mountains of the Dewa presents a traveller or devotee with a different world like Mt. Haguro is considered as the world of the present, Mt. Gassan the world of afterlife or the past and the Mt. Yudono represent the future of rebirth.
About the origin of Dewasanzan Pilgrimage:
There is a belief that started in 592 A.D that crossing the Dewasanzan lead to the rebirth after the assassination of the Emperor Sushun the 32nd emperor of Japan by the Soga clan. After getting worried about the further turmoil, the emperor’s nephew Prince Shotoku whose family was next in the line of becoming the centre of politics at the time of ancient Japan recommended to Price Hachiko who was the son of the Emperor to visit Mt. Haguro in the Dewa Province and it is believed that there he would encounter a Kan’on God.
The Prince Hachiko left Nara (his home) and sailed towards the north from Kyoto along the western coast of the Japan Sea when he came across the eight Yaptome sea maidens at the Yura enticing him to land at the place, where he realized that he found the province of Dewa, Prince followed the advice given to him by Yaotome to head towards east. While he was climbing through the thick forest a mythical three-legged raven just appeared at the Karasuzaki Shrine in Toge and guided the prince towards the mountains. There was an appearance of a flash of light all of a sudden and a Kan’on God appeared. Prince Hachiko started to pray for peace and dedicated the life to the people of two who helped him on the way despite living in hardship and the worship of the dewasanzan is meant to exist till the last of the day.
It is possible to leave the car at Tsuruoka station for a later pickup. A person can take a bus from the station and reach the top it is, however, necessary to match the timings with the public transport