Dewa Sanzan is the name of three sacred mountains: Mt. Haguro (414m), Mt. Gassan (1984m) , Mt. Yudono (1504m). They are the sacred mountains of the land of Dewa in ancient time.
The legend said, in the time of 32nd Emperor Sushun (593ACE), his royal price Hachiko traveled to Dewa and he practiced Shugendo. When he was practicing hard Shugendo, the divine crow appeared and lead him to Mt. Haguro as the sacred mountains. He practiced at this mountain and after the many years of hard practice, he finally found the god of Dewa in this mountain, and established the shrine. Dewa Sanzan respects the price as the founder and enshrines in this shrine.
After that, Dewa Sanzan has been highly respected for imeprial families, Samurai and all other civilians.
Zuishin mon Gate
Constructed in early 18th century.
It was used for Misogi, cleansing Takigyo.
Over 1,000 years old Cedar tree.
Five Stories Pagoda
Hagurosan 5 Stories Pagoda is the national treasure of Japan. It is located in Mt. Haguro, Yamagata Prefecture. It was constructed in around 1375 by Muto clan. Hagurosan 5 stories pagoda is 24m tall.
2446 steps and 1.7km long.
This main leading road is surrounded by over 500 years old Cedars.
It was used to be a practice place of for Shugendo for long time.
Today, many people still worship this mountains.
It enshrines the founder of Dewa Shrine.
In 593, Prince Hachiko found 3 mountains and established the shrines.
Legend said, the Yatagarasu, the divine crow, lead him to this mountain.
There are beautiful carvings of Divine crow on this buildings which are very rare.
combined 3 shrines (Haguro, Gassan, Yudonosan)
This shrine was constructed in 1818. It is about 28m tall and 24m wide.
It is beautiful red shrine that is designated as national cultural important assets.
Because Mt. Gassan and Mt. Yudono will be closed in winter,
people worship this shrine as visiting all of 3 in the winter.
the Bell Tower
It is the national important cultural assets.
It was constructed in 1645 enshrines Ieyasu.
The history of Dewa still lives in this mountain.
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