Japan Heritage SiteThree Mountains of Dewa

15Mineiri at Mt. Haguro

Hagurosan Mineiri

Mt. Haguro’s mineiri are entry rituals performed by Haguro Yamabushi following in the footsteps of Prince Hachiko. In summer’s Natsu-no-Mine, members of the general public climb the Three Mountains of Dewa. In Aki-no-Mine, Yamabushi spend around one week in autumn training in the mountains. Finally, winter’s Fuyu-no-Mine has two Yamabushi spend 100 days on the mountain. Fuyu-no-Mine is concluded on New Year’s Eve at the Shōreisai festival at the top of Mt. Haguro, where the two Yamabushi compete with what they learned during their training.