Mount Yudono shrine Entrance
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Mount Yudono(湯殿山Yudono-san) is one of the Three Mountains of Dewa in the ancient province of Dewa (modern-day Yamagata prefecture). The Yudono-san Shrine, the most holy of the Dewa Sanzan shrines, is sited on the mountain.
The Three Mountains of Dewa refer to the three sacred mountains of Mount Haguro, Mount Gassan and Mount Yudono, which are clustered together in the ancient province of Dewa. Holy to the Japanese Shinto religion and especially the mountain ascetic cult of Shugendo, Dewa Sanzan are a popular pilgrimage site visited by many, including famed haiku poet Matsuo Bashō.
Pilgrims have to enter the shrine itself barefoot, and photography is not allowed. Due to heavy winter snowfall, the mountain and shrine are inaccessible for long periods of the year.
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