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Isehara City and the Mt. Oyama Pilgrimage
Destination for the Faith and Leisure of Edo’s Commoners

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STORY

Mt. Oyama’s pilgrimage is a unique tradition developed by Edo craftsmen such as steeplejacks, in which pilgrims group together to jointly carry a large wooden sword. The pilgrims cleanse themselves in Mt. Oyama’s waterfall and then carry the sword up to the summit for its dedication. During the Edo period, the pilgrimage was frequently depicted in Kabuki performances and ukiyoe woodblock prints, which piqued curiosity about the tradition.
The pilgrimage became very popular due in part to its government designation as a “short trip” which did not require permits for participation. As a result, the Mt. Oyama Pilgrimage recorded 20,000 pilgrims every year at a time when the total population of Edo was only 1,000,000.
The Mt. Oyama pilgrimage continues to this day thanks to the efforts of pilgrimage leaders. Participants can experience history in a natural environment preserved in an area surrounding Tokyo, and visitors to the summit may experience the same sense of awe and satisfaction as pilgrims of the past as they look down upon the scenery below.

CULTURAL PROPERTIES

CULTURAL PROPERTIES

  • TITLE

    DESIGNATION

    LOCATION
  • Mt.Oyama

    Undesignated Cultural Properties

  • Ryozen-ji(present Hojo-Bo, commonly called Hinata Yakushi)

    Important Cultural Properties(Hondo, Structures)

  • Sekiun-ji

    Undesignated Cultural Properties

  • Oyama-dera

    Undesignated Cultural Properties

  • Steel Statue of Fudo Myoo (Acala) with two youths

    Important Cultural Properties(Sculptures)

  • Afuri-jinja(present Oyama-Afuri-jinja)

    Undesignated Cultural Properties

  • Hibita-jinja

    Undesignated Cultural Properties

  • Takabeya-jinja

    Undesignated Cultural Properties

  • a stone-made signpost along Oyama-michi

    Undesignated Cultural Properties

    Isehara City
  • a wooden sword for dedication

    Undesignated Cultural Properties

    Isehara City
  • Moto-daki Waterfall

    Undesignated Cultural Properties

  • Roben-daki Waterfall

    Undesignated Cultural Properties

  • Atago-daki Waterfall

    Undesignated Cultural Properties

  • O-taki Wawterfall

    Undesignated Cultural Properties

  • ukiyoe, woodblock prints depicting Mt.Oyama and the Oyama Pilgrimage

    Undesignated Cultural Properties

    Isehara City
  • pilgrims’lodgings along the approach

    Undesignated Cultural Properties

    Isehara City
  • tofu dishes

    Undesignated Cultural Properties

    Isehara City
  • Oyama-koma (wooden spinning tops)

    Undesignated Cultural Properties

    Isehara City
  • Shigi-noboi, a ritual held at Hinata Yakushi

    Undesignated Cultural Properties

  • yamato-mai and miko-mai, the dances performed at Oyama-Afuri-jinja

    Kanagawa Prefecture Intangible Folk Cultural Properties

  • Oyama Noh-kyogen (Noh play and kyogen comedy) performed at Oyama-Afri-jinja

    Isehara City Intangible Folk Cultural Properties

ACCESS

  • Train
    • JR Tokyo Sta.(Yamanote Line)JR Shinjuku Sta.・Odakyu Shinjuku Sta.(Odakyu Line)~Odakyu Isehara Sta.

CONTACT

  • Public Relations and Hearing Division, Isehara City Planning Division
  • TEL:+81-463-94-4711