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Spiritual Experience around Ishizuchi


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.


Day 1 :

From the afternoon, you learn how to blow a conch shell at the main hall of Ishizuchi Shrine.

Day 2 :

In the morning, you visit Maegami-ji, Yokomine-ji Okunoin, and Gokuraki-ji Temples to blow your conch shell.
Then you take the cable car to Ishizuchi Shrine Chūgū Jōjusha for lunch. In the afternoon, you blow your conch at the shrine on the mountainside.


  • Guide/interpreter
  • Instruction in blowing a conch shell
  • Dinner
  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • Cable car

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Spiritual Experience around Ishizuchi
From ¥121,000
/ Adult