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At the end of August, ascetics-in-training undergo a week-long course of austerities at Dewa Sanzan-jinja. It's for men only, but women can join a four-day 'shrine maiden' training course (神子修行; miko shūgyō ) in early September. Neither are for the faint of heart and some command of Japanese is useful. Reservations begin on the last day of May; sign up early to reserve a spot. The course fee is ¥40,000 for men, ¥35,000 for women.