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投入堂Three virtues are bestowed in only one climbMt. MitokuSanbutsuji-templeChief PriestRyochu YonedaNageiredo, which is situated precariously on a cliff-face, is the symbol of Mt. Mitoku. It is believed that Zao-gongen, a deity enshrined in the middle of the mountain, represents the fulfillment of one’s vows. People worship this as the god of happiness, fortune and prosperity.From ancient times people have cherished Komori-gongen, the god of Jyutoku (the power to live a long and healthy life). This deity is enshrined in Jizodo a smaller temple on the climb. Katte-gongen, the god of wisdom and virtue that bestows knowledge and moral, is enshrined in Monjyudo, a temple closer to the base.Since you can gain three virtues; happiness, fortune and prosperity; the power to live out your life healthily; wisdom and virtue that gives you knowledge and moral, from one trek, it started to be called Mt. Mitoku (the mountain of three virtues). Although, trekking here means something completely different from trekking in Western culture.Mt. Mitoku is where you experience Rinne Tensho (reincarnation after your body and mind are purified) in the pure nature of the mountains. You can experience Shugendo training.Kusari-zaka, the very steep rocky path was damaged by the earth-quake of October 2016. A giant rock with a climbing chain attached received a big crack during the quake. However, crowd funding helped restore the route, with more than 9 million yen raised. The target of 2 million yen within a month was easily eclipsed and Kusa-ri-zaka could be re-opened using a different route. The earthquake recorded quakes up to magnitude 6. However, all the buildings including Nageiredo remained safe. The ancient people considered natural disasters like earthquakes and typhoons while undertaking their constructions. You can see the idea of co-existence and co-prosperity with nature in the construction of their buildings. Experience the trainings of Shugendo that pilgrim monks undertook. Takigyo (meditation by sitting under a waterfall) is held at different times during the year and always on the 15th of August. Come join the Fire Walking Ritual (walking barefoot across burnt wood) in the annual Fire Festival that is held on the last Sunday in October. The Chief Priest at Sanbutsuji-temple that celebrated its 1300-year anniver-sary in 2006. Graduated from Taisho University. After working as a Tottori Prefectural official, he became the Chief Priest of Wakoin-temple in 1974. He went on to become the chief priest of Sanbutsuji-temple from 1981. A director of the Sanin region temple office of Tendai sect.23

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