The Extinct Volcano and Sacred Site of Murayama Ha-yama

Former Dewa Sanzan peak in inland Yamagata Prefecture with an extensive Shugendo and Mountain Worship history.

Hakuban Jinja (shrine) near the summit of Murayama Ha-yama stands atop a yellow and green hill with white sky in the background with autumn leaves in the foreground.
Haku-san Jinja basking in the autumn leaves of Murayama Ha-yama
Hikers purchase vegetables straight from the farmers on Murayama Ha-yama
Hikers purchase vegetables straight from the farmers on Murayama Ha-yama
Hikers point into what appears to be white cloud during their hike up Murayama Ha-yama
Hikers on the trail up Murayama Ha-yama
Hikers walk the cedar forest towards Tate-iwa rock that links to the Hata Trail on Murayama Ha-yama
The cedar forest towards Tate-iwa rock that links to the Hata Trail
Hills covered in green form in a cone shape where Murayama Ha-yama’s crater once stood.
It may be hard to tell from the picture, but this is the crater of the volcano that formed Murayama Ha-yama
Green and yellow leaves among the canopy of trees on Murayama Ha-yama
The autumn leaves of the forests of Murayama Ha-yama
A pink and white phone sits in the corridor of Hayama Shimin-so
An old phone inside Hayama Shimin-so
Obanazawa City sits under a cloudy sky in the distance, green mountains of Murayama Ha-yama in the foreground
Obanazawa City in the distance
Hakuban Jinja basking in the autumn leaves on Murayama Hayama in Yamagata Prefecture. Photo by author.
Hikers heading back to Hayama Shimin-so from Hakuban Jinja among the autumn leaves. The green forests of Murayama Ha-yama and cloudy white sky in the distance
Hikers heading back from Hakuban Jinja
A group walks beneath the red Torii gates of Hakuban Jinja
Walking through the red torii gates of Hakuban Jinja
A rainbow sticks out of the forests of Murayama Ha-yama
A rainbow on the return leg
Hayama Shimin-so with its distinctive pointy roof to combat the vast amounts of snow that fall in the area.
Hayama Shimin-so was undergoing maintenance, seemingly for the upcoming winter

Nearby locations worth visiting

Sunset above the ninth station of Gassan, Chokai-zan sticking its head up in the distance (right)
Yukihira Coffee in Nakayama Town
Yukihira Coffee in Nakayama Town

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Tim Bunting Kiwi Yamabushi holding his Horagai Conch while standing next to the sign for Murayama Hayama’s summit
Tim Bunting Kiwi Yamabushi at the summit of Murayama Ha-yama. Photo by Kiwi Yamabushi.

Murayama Ha-yama Map

Murayama Ha-yama in Sagae City

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