Nantai San

Mt. Nantai San, Japan

Soaring above beautiful lake Chuzenji and the ancient temple-studded town of Nikko is the sacred mountain of Nantai San. Also known as Kurokiyama and Futaarasan, the 2484 meter peak has been a place of Shinto pilgrimage since at least the 4th century AD. Local legends tell of a powerful mountain spirit that assisted hermits and monks in spiritual realization, and by the 8th century Nantai San was a favored site for Buddhist practitioners on solitary retreats. Each year from August 1-7 thousands of pilgrims climb the mountain from the Chugushi shrine.

Martin Gray is a cultural anthropologist, writer and photographer specializing in the study of pilgrimage traditions and sacred sites around the world. During a 40 year period he has visited more than 2000 pilgrimage places in 165 countries. The World Pilgrimage Guide at is the most comprehensive source of information on this subject.

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