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Updated: October 1, 2019
Takaosan Yakuoin Temple lies halfway up Mt. Takao. Founded in the eighth century, over the years it became associated with both Buddhism and Shugendo—a type of mountain asceticism. Explore the grounds and soak up the temple's atmosphere to get a taste of Japan's mystical side.
Keep your ears open for chanting when you visit, as performances of the ancient goma fire ritual occur regularly. Only those who undergo prior instruction may join the waterfall purification ritual. Alternatively, its spectacular fire-walking ceremony in March attracts the faithful and travelers alike. You can also try shojin-ryori, traditional Buddhist vegetarian cuisine, by making a reservation in advance.
For updated information on opening hours, closings, prices, and more, please check the official website or ask the facility directly.