What is a Yamabushi?

Kiwi Yamabushi
9 min readNov 23, 2021

The ancient mountain dwellers of Japan

For starters, the only way to really understand what a yamabushi is, is to become one yourself. However, I understand this isn’t exactly practical for most people, so I will give a rudimentary introduction of my understanding of the yamabushi from my perspective as a Dewa Sanzan Shrine Yamabushi. It’s also important to note that my experience is only limited to the Dewa Sanzan Shrine and Daishobo pilgrim lodge yamabushi trainings, the only primarily Shinto yamabushi trainings in Japan.

Kiwi Yamabushi

Prolific conch blower often found on the mountains of Japan. Newsletter: https://www.timbunting.com/newsletter.