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Sacred Mountains

The belief that Yaoyorozu no Kami, countless gods and goddesses, dwell in every thing and occurrence in the world has long been rooted in Japan.

Because Japan is a country covered by so much mountainous terrain, mountains often became the object of this belief inevitably. This is well indicated by the grandiose shrines and temples built deep in the mountains and the custom of worshiping the mountains themselves as kami.

This worship can take many forms including the ascetic practice of making solo pilgrimages to rugged rocky mountains or participating in regions organizations known as “ko,” which are formed by local residents who get together to climb and make contributions to their sacred mountains.

There are also many mountains for which their summit is itself a temple or shrine as well as many magnificent temples and shrines located on mountains.

“Sacred Mountains” featured on this site are as listed below.

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