Experience a Dharma talk and prayer, and view undisclosed Buddhist statues
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 at Gokuraku-ji Temple.
In this experience, you climb the 330 steps to the temple as a form of Shugen training. At the temple, a priest gives a Dharma lecture and prayer, and shows you Buddhist statues that are normally kept hidden. This allows you an authentic experience of Shingon Esoteric Buddhism.
The tour is approximately 90 minutes long.