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  • Ancient lifeforms and epic views

  • All up on Japan's most spiritual mountain

  • Today on WAORYU! ONLYinJAPAN

  • Do you know what the cure for boredom is?

  • Adventure

  • My father would say to me when I was young

  • It's actually a rough approximation from a quote from a 1980s classic movie,

  • "Never Cry Wolf"

  • And I highly recommend you check it out

  • Now those words have stood the test of time for me

  • Whenever I feel uninspired, non-creative,

  • If I can remember to get out and experience nature what it has to offer,

  • I immediately find that state of mind to turn around

  • Japan is an excellent place to do so

  • With so much undiscovered and so much beautiful mountains and shrines,

  • and spiritual places,

  • That's where we head out today

  • Once again I'm reminded of the potency of nature

  • Hi guys, welcome to another video today

  • Thank you very much for joining us

  • Cities of Japan, amazing

  • Tokyo, Osaka, Kobe, all wonderful

  • But we should never forget when we are surrounded by such beautiful nature as well

  • to get out into it

  • I'm joined by Luke today

  • In a very special place

  • So today we have come to Mt.Kurama

  • which is famous for the Kurama Temple

  • Kurama temple is one of the most important temple in all of Japan

  • It's also said to be the birthplace of Reiki

  • which is type of spiritual healing practice

  • We're going to start at the foot of the mountain

  • and make up the way to where the temple is,

  • And be rewarded with a fantastic view

  • And we're going to make our way down the other side

  • Sounds good, let's get going

  • Not knowing very well, I was lucky to have Luke there

  • Because he drew my attention what you would not want to miss at the start

  • The first thing you notice when you leave the station is the massive TENGU statue

  • TENGU, for those who don't know are mystique figures from Japanese folklore

  • They have really long noses,

  • and said to body the spiritual power of the mountain

  • Now the famous samurai from the late Heian period to the early Kamakura period,,

  • Minamotono Yoshitsune

  • was set to endure really hard training from the lord TENGU himself right here

  • I'm a man of complete self control

  • So it was absolutely Luke, and not me,

  • who said that we couldn't continue unless we tried some of what they have

  • You may, or may not have heard

  • the Japanese love their character

  • so love associating sweets to their characters

  • So the region's character here is the TENGU

  • They have a delicious strawberry icecream dedicated to the TENGU

  • And I've got the USHIWAKAMARU white coffee ice cream

  • If you remember MINAMOTONO YOSHITSUNE

  • Ushiwakamaru was his childhood name

  • If anyone deserves and icecream, he does because he endured harsh training

  • It's called white coffee and it's pretty accurate

  • It's a mix of white chocolate, coffee beans

  • I taste hints of vanilla as well

  • It's really refreshing

  • Mt.Kurama is not your average hike

  • That becomes apparent the moment you step through the initial gate

  • Within a minute you're greeted with an ever-increasing number of fascinating structures,

  • and points of note along the path

  • As you progress up to the temple,

  • you encounter some interesting features

  • Here, there are 3 massive cedars

  • The tallest of which is 53 meters

  • And it is over 800 years old

  • There was also something else which Luke pointed out, about the surroundings

  • That's right. Although we're making our way out to a buddhist temple,

  • on the way you encounter a number of SHINTO shrines

  • Now Buddhism and Shinto are separate religions,

  • which co-existed throughout Japan's history,

  • only formally separated in the 1800s

  • Now this particular shrine was founded in 940

  • And the building behind it has been unchanged since 1607

  • It's really odd

  • Crazy

  • Following the Cedar trees you enter into a series of switchbacks

  • There because, without them,

  • the incline of the path becomes so severe,

  • become impassable

  • When you go to a shrine or temple in Japan you often see these lanterns here and there

  • Now these lanterns are people or companies,

  • donated to bring good fortune

  • Now this lantern was donated by the place we got our ice cream at the beginning

  • Now when I said that you will be treated to a spectacular view,

  • make no mistake about it.That is not at the summit

  • You can stop at any moment of the hike and

  • treated to the most beautiful scenery you have ever seen

  • We made it to the top

  • and we promised you guys to a great view

  • so that's what you're exactly going to get now

  • What you are seeing now is across to Mt.Hie

  • And if you enjoyed the hike today

  • I'm told it's equally beautiful in it's own way

  • And there is well some interesting details to know about the temple

  • Right into the hall of the temple,

  • you'll see a stone symbol engraved to the ground

  • And in the center of that symbol is a triangle

  • Each point of the triangle representing one of the 3 deities worshiped at the temple

  • Each deity represents "TRUTH",

  • "MERCY"

  • and "COSMIC ENERGY"

  • Now its said if you stand in the middle of the triangle,

  • You're suppose to feel a surge of cosmic power radiating within you

  • Which I'm sure it's the master sword, if you know anything about that

  • That is like a piece of Tri-Force, isn't it?

  • It was impossible not to notice the number of fallen trees

  • and what the size of the trees that have fallen

  • Luke brought to my attention that they were caused by the typhoon that had come to the are some years ago

  • It was humbling to see such power exerted on these trees

  • When you look at the roots you see they would never come out of the ground but

  • That's the power of mother nature

  • After it's all set and done guys,

  • the thing that sticks out the most is that,

  • I was shocked that I had never heard of this before hanging out with Luke

  • It's that amazing

  • And it reaffirms what we said at the beginning,

  • that there is so much value in pushing out beyond your door,

  • going off these unbeaten paths,

  • exploring these beautiful green spaces in Japan

  • And we have one bonus tip at the end

  • We're not going to tell you what exactly it is,

  • because we want you to have very personal experience with it,

  • but once you get to the main temple

  • actually you go downstairs,

  • and find something really really special there

  • so I hope you enjoy it

  • Thanks for watching the video, guys

  • Really really appreciate it

  • I'll see you down in the comments below

  • And take care out there

  • Until next time

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Hiking In One Of Japan’s Most Spiritual Places | Mt. Kurama

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