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To share our precious Japanese culture, and knowledge and wisdom with citizens of the world, in the hope they will be inspired, and will pass them onto the next generation.

To enrich ourselves with our work, connecting to nature, reviving ourselves, and to obtain sufficiency of life and happiness.

To offer the tools of Yamabushi culture to anyone who feels that it can benefit the suffering and challenges being experienced anywhere in the world.


Continuous Succession of Precious Local Culture

Japan is now under economical deflation, so the proper cost to maintain precious local culture which has good quality, or the service to support the good culture, are not included in the product prices. Unfortunately, it makes the cultural literacy of the Japanese people quite low, they do not pay enough for the cultural matters, and cultural business and succession to the younger generations are in critical situations as they can not be materialized.

Therefore, in this Yamabushido Training Program, we pay the proper costs to support and maintain the local culture and manufacture as a business (i.e. Pilgrim Lodges, Shinto Shrines, Hotels, Local Food Culture including farmers.)

We donate 10 percent of our sales to the local community.

There are less contributions and donations from people in general which causes problems for the maintenance and protection of cultural assets. We need to build up a new approach to solve this problem, therefore, 10 percent of our sales from this Yamabushido Program will be contributed to maintain the cultural assets in Shonai, such as stone steps and the range of cedars in Mt. Haguro, repair of thatched roofs of the Dewa Shines, etc.

Therefore, in this Yamabushido Training Program, we pay the proper costs to support and maintain the local culture and manufacture as a business(i.e. Pilgrim lodges, Shinto Shrines, Hotels, Local Food Culture including farmers.)

Realization of Peace of the World

We support to keep diversity of culture

There are more disparities between big cities and local communities as the Global Economy has accelerated while the uniqueness of local culture has vanished rapidly.
That makes the universe MONO cultural, and as the result of it, the economical difference has expanded and made world very unstable, causing many conflicts between many countries.

UNESCO has started a new designation system called ‘Creative Cities’ to maintain and develop Cultural Diversities for cities all over the world. This is one effort that many are trying to promote Cultural Diversities, the Integrity of Indigenous Culture, to understand each other and admit the variety of societies.

Yamabushido supports this idea because we think it will lead us to the Universal Peace.
Tsuruoka City, which Megurun is based in, has been designated as a Creative City of Food Gastronomy in 2012.

Pray for World Peace during the Program

During Yamabushido Training, we often say prayers and chant for World Peace and Happiness of people. There are also prayers for the Happiness, Good Health, Daily Safety, Healing from Illness and Disease of the participants and their families; as well as prayers for the repose of the souls of the victims from Terrorism, such as 911, and Disasters such as 2011 Tsunami.

The chant prayed by Guides contains concrete words for them. If you have some special wishes to be prayed for, it is also possible to request it before the training starts. The guide will put it into the chant.


Company name Megurun Inc.
Address 120-2 Konkoji, Yabase, Tsuruoka, Yamagata-Prefecture, JAPAN
Founder & CEO Takeharu Kato


Takeharu Kato
Founder & CEO

In 2011, Mr. Takeharu Kato was working in Hakuhodo, but was in search of something more powerful, something with more meaning. He moved to Tsuruoka-city and launched Megurun Inc., a company aimed at promoting the wonder of the region, in particular, Yamabushi-oriented activities and philosophy. Megurun Inc. is dedicated to promoting the local area in a global context. And to promoting the use of renewable energy to enable a sustainable life.

Kanae Soma of Megurun and the Yamabushido Programs

Kanae Soma
Project Leader

Kanae joined our team in 2016 just as we were getting off the ground. Kanae spent nearly 20 years working in product development and overseas market expansion in a soy sauce company. She aims to use this experience in providing deeper programs made in conjunction with the local community.

Whenever Kanae feels at a loss or unsure what to do, she pops her head out the window to take in the view of the Dewa Sanzan in search of the right answer. She has also taken part in Yamabushi training before, and has been working with the Yamabushi for a long time.

Tim Bunting
Project Sub-Leader

Tim Bunting is a certified Yamabushi with almost a decade worth of experience in Yamagata living near the Dewa Sanzan. Originally from New Zealand, the self-professed nature lover spent many of his formative years in the great outdoors, and truly feels at home amongst the vast forests, sprawling rice fields, and mountains of Yamagata Prefecture.

For Tim, the Dewa Sanzan holds a special importance as a place to get away from the real world, and back to a simpler time, that he believes is something that could benefit people from the world over. Tim’s interests include Japanese history and culture (he is the curator of dewasanzan.com), coffee, photography, music, and sports such as cricket and rugby.

Lisa Wynne
Communications Manager

Lisa lived in Yamagata for over four years, when she got to know the local mountains by name. She first became acquainted with the Yamabushi, in a focus group organized by the Dewa Sanzan shrine. This resulted in her writing the copy for a new English-language pamphlet for Mount Haguro, and a new curiosity for the history and culture of these mountains.

Through participating in Shugyo training and pilgrimage walks in the Dewa Sanzan, she found both the peace and the adventure of learning. Now she is back home in Ireland, seeking new lessons and meditations in the Irish hills and valleys. With the Megurun team, she is ready to answer your questions and provide insightful and practical information to participants.


We offer a range of self-development programs throughout the year. Contact us using this form or visit Megurun.com for more.

Options and customized experiences are also available.

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