The Moon and the Afterlife: A Pure World

18Mt. Gassan


(Nationally Designated Natural Monument)
Amitabha (Buddha of the Salvation in the Afterlife) = Amida Jōdo = The Past
Tsukuyomi-no-Mikoto (Deity Who Governs the Night and Water)

Revered since time immemorial, the awe-inspiring 1,984m Mt. Gassan is known as a mountain that represents the past and where the ancestors rest. Gassan is synonymous with paradise, and Midagahara at the eighth station, in particular, makes for a mystical scene with its wetland full of blooming alpine plants.