Mt. Ishizuchi is one of Japan’s seven sacred mountains. It’s an ancient site for nature worship where the practice of blowing conch shells is at the heart of Shugendō, a religion combining Shintō with Buddhism with physical austerities. Shugendō has been practised for more than 1,300 years on the mountain.
In this experience, you dress as a Shugenja and receive instruction in how to blow a conch shell horn. Then you visit four sacred sites around Mt. Ishizuchi where you put your training into practice; Ishizuchi Shrine Chūgū Jōjusha, Maegami-ji Temple, the inner sanctuary of Yokomine-ji Temple, and Gokuraku-ji Temple.
The tour is 2 days long.