Yamagata:

The Spiritual Core of Japan

“Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home” -Matsuo Basho

Poetry penetrates deep into the souls of the Japanese, and none more so than the Haiku of Matsuo Basho, the country’s self-proclaimed saint of Haiku. But what does it take to evoke such awe-inspiring prose? On his journey composing the quintessential masterpiece The Narrow Road to the Deep North, said to have been written by the very soul of Japan, Matsuo Basho, was confronted with the precarious cliffs, gushing rivers, bountiful forests, serene landscapes and flora and fauna of Yamagata Prefecture, the spiritual core of Japan. 

  

For over 1400 years, Yamagata Prefecture has been the home to hundreds of pilgrimages on the mystifying Dewa Sanzan; Mt. Haguro, Mt. Gassan, and Mt. Yudono. Not to mention the prefecture is also the location of the famous Yamadera temple hanging off the edge of a cliff, and the towering Mt. Chokai, a.k.a the Fuji of the north, making it the best place to experience the spiritual side of the land of the rising sun. 

Get Immersed in The Spiritual Core of Japan

Escape to the spiritual core of Japan, Yamagata Prefecture.

Adventures

See our range of exciting activities designed for your self-development

01. GET REBORN WITH YAMABUSHI TRAINING ON THE DEWA SANZAN

The Dewa Sanzan: Mt. Haguro, Mt. Gassan, and Mt. Yudono

02. YAMABUSHI-GUIDED KOCHU PILGRIMAGE ON MT. HAGURO

Dewa Sanzan Shrine and Mt. Haguro

03. ESCAPE TO A ZEN MONASTERY

Zenpoji Temple Tsuruoka

04. EXPLORE THE UNKNOWN SIDE OF YAMADERA 

Yamadera

05. MOUNTAIN VEGETABLE AND MUSHROOM FORAGING WITH DEWAYA 

Dewaya Nishikawa

06. EXPLORE ANCIENT JAPANESE THEATRE: KUROKAWA NOH

Kurokawa Tsuruoka

07. TASTE YAMABUSHI LIFE WITH WATERFALL MEDITATION AND TREKKING

Mt. Yudono

Get Reborn with Yamabushido Training on the Dewa Sanzan

Mt. Haguro, Mt. Gassan, Mt. Yudono

  • Train under the guidance of a Yamabushi Master
  • Experience the metaphysical rebirth felt by Yamabushi for millennium
  • Put your body and mind to the test in the ice-cold waterfall meditation
  • Explore the Japan Heritage Dewa Sanzan

 

Join Master Hoshino, the 13th generation Yamabushi Master of Daishobo Pilgrim Lodge, and the Yamabushido team as they embark on a Haguro Shugendo-style pilgrimage of rebirth on the Dewa Sanzan. 

Yamabushi-Guided Kochu Pilgrimage on Mt. Haguro  

Dewa Sanzan Shrine and Mt. Haguro

  • Get immersed in the Michelin-starred towering cedars and stone stairway of Mt. Haguro 
  • Join an ancient Kochu pilgrimage with a certified Yamabushi
  • Take part in the breathtaking official worship ritual at Dewa Sanzan Shrine 
  • Discover the ancient connection between Buddha, Kami gods, with nature that the Japanese have had for millennia. 

Taste life as a Yamabushi on Mt. Haguro. Your Yamabushi guide will take you from your Shukubo Pilgrim Lodge up Mt. Haguro, stopping for a small meal at Nino-zaka Teahouse, before arriving at Dewa Sanzan Shrine at the top for the official worship ritual.

Learn How to Maintain a Zen State of Mind

Yamadera

  • Get lessons in Zen straight from the mouth of the master 
  • Zen Meditation in the famous temples of Risshakuji, otherwise known as Yamadera
  • Discover the hidden ancient haunts of the monk who founded the famous mountain temple
  • Try your hand at calligraphy like the Buddhist monks of old

Let us take you to the original spots the founder, Jikaku Daishi trained in, and tell you the origin story. Just a hint, it’s not where you think it is. Get to know everything there is about Yamadera Temple, the famous temple on the precipice of a cliff. 

Escape to a Zen monastery

Zenpoji Temple, Tsuruoka

  • Zen Meditation in a purpose-built meditation hall
  • Calligraphy under the guidance of Zen monks
  • Ancient rituals that have been passed down through the centuries

Try Zen Meditation in the specially-built meditation hall, wake up to the prayer session that has been continuing non-stop for more than 100 years, or try your hand at Japanese calligraphy.  Accommodation available.

Learn the Ancient Secrets of Noh Masters 

Kurokawa, Tsuruoka

  • Learn the history and culture of Kurokawa Noh
  • Explore the historical town of Kurokawa
  • Come face to face with some of Japan’s oldest Noh masks

Explore the town of Kurokawa in Tsuruoka, and earn all about Kurokawa Noh, some of the country’s oldest Noh theatre.

Garner an Appreciation for the Source of Life

Dewaya Nishikawa

  • Forage for fresh mountain vegetables in the new green of spring 
  • Search for mountain mushrooms amongst the autumn leaves
  • Expert foragers to guide you
  • Decadent dinner matched with local sake tasting 

Dewaya is a Ryokan, traditional Japanese Lodge, in Nishikawa on the inland Yamagata side of Mt. Gassan. The nearby forests of the mountains are covered in edible vegetables and mushrooms that are ripe for the picking. Join the team on one of their expeditions, and help prepare a feast for the ages complete with local sake.

Get in Touch with your Primitive Self

Mt. Yudono 

  • Experience Yamabushi training at the most sacred of the three Dewa Sanzan, Mt. Yudono 
  • Try waterfall meditation in the ice-cold falls 
  • Experienced Yamabushi guides
  • Authentic Fire Festival 

Join the Yamabushi as they take you on a journey to rebirth on the most sacred of the Dewa Sanzan, Mt. Yudono. Experience authentic waterfall meditation in the frigid waters and trek through the wild bush surrounding Mt. Yudono shrine.

Get Reborn with Yamabushi Training on the Dewa Sanzan

The Dewa Sanzan: Mt. Haguro, Mt. Gassan, and Mt. Yudono

  • Train under the guidance of a Yamabushi Master
  • Experience the metaphysical rebirth felt by Yamabushi for millennium
  • Put your body and mind to the test in the ice-cold waterfall meditation
  • Explore the Japan Heritage Dewa Sanzan 

Join Master Hoshino, the 13th generation Yamabushi Master of Daishobo Pilgrim Lodge, and the Yamabushido team as they embark on a Haguro Shugendo-style pilgrimage of rebirth on the Dewa Sanzan.


Yamabushi-Guided Kochu Pilgrimage on Mt. Haguro

Dewa Sanzan Shrine and Mt. Haguro

The Stone Stairway up Mt. Haguro of the Dewa Sanzan
  • Get immersed in the Michelin-starred towering cedars and stone stairway of Mt. Haguro 
  • Join an ancient Kochu pilgrimage with a certified Yamabushi
  • Take part in the breathtaking official worship ritual at Dewa Sanzan Shrine 
  • Discover the ancient connection between Buddha, Kami gods, with nature that the Japanese have had for millennia. 

Taste life as a Yamabushi on Mt. Haguro. Your Yamabushi guide will take you from your Shukubo Pilgrim Lodge up Mt. Haguro, stopping for a small meal at Nino-zaka Teahouse, before arriving at Dewa Sanzan Shrine at the top for the official worship ritual.


Escape to a Zen Monastery

Zenpoji Temple Tsuruoka

Zen calligraphy at Zenpoji Temple in Tsuruoka near the Dewa Sanzan
  • Zen Meditation in a purpose-built meditation hall
  • Calligraphy under the guidance of Zen monks
  • Ancient rituals that have been passed down through the centuries

Try Zen Meditation in the specially-built meditation hall, wake up to the prayer session that has been continuing non-stop for more than 100 years, or try your hand at Japanese calligraphy. 


Explore the Unknown side of Yamadera 

Yamadera

  • Zen Meditation in the famous temples of Risshakuji, otherwise known as Yamadera
  • Discover ancient haunts of the monks who founded this temple
  • Learn all about the history of Yamadera Temple
  • Venture to the original Yamadera Temple 
  • Try your hand at calligraphy like the Buddhist monks of old

Let us take you to the original spots the founder, Jikaku Daishi trained in, and tell you the origin story. Just a hint, it’s not where you think it is. Get to know everything there is about Yamadera Temple, the famous temple on the precipice of a cliff. 


Mountain vegetable and mushroom foraging with Dewaya

Dewaya Nishikawa

Autumn Furumai Cuisine at Dewaya Ryokan in Nishikawa on Mt. Gassan of the Dewa Sanzan
Dewaya Nishikawa Ryokan
  • Forage for fresh mountain vegetables in the new green of spring 
  • Search for mountain mushrooms amongst the autumn leaves
  • Expert foragers to guide you
  • Decadent dinner matched with local sake tasting 

Dewaya is a Ryokan, traditional Japanese Lodge, in Nishikawa on the inland Yamagata side of Mt. Gassan. The nearby forests of the mountains are covered in edible vegetables and mushrooms that are ripe for the picking. Join the team on one of their expeditions, and help prepare a feast for the ages complete with local sake.


Explore ancient Japanese Theatre: Kurokawa Noh

Kurokawa Tsuruoka

  • Learn the history and culture of Kurokawa Noh
  • Explore the historical town of Kurokawa
  • Come face to face with some of Japan’s oldest Noh masks

Explore the town of Kurokawa in Tsuruoka, and learn all about Kurokawa Noh, some of the country’s oldest Noh theatre.


Taste Yamabushi life with waterfall meditation and trekking 

Mt. Yudono 

Otaki falls of Mt. Yudono of the Dewa Sanzan in Autumn
River on Mt. Yudono during autumn
  • Experience Yamabushi training at the most sacred of the three Dewa Sanzan, Mt. Yudono 
  • Try waterfall meditation in the ice-cold falls 
  • Experienced Yamabushi guides
  • Authentic Fire Festival 

Join the Yamabushi as they take you on a journey to rebirth on the most sacred of the Dewa Sanzan, Mt. Yudono. Experience authentic waterfall meditation in the frigid waters and trek through the wild bush surrounding Mt. Yudono shrine.

Locations

Yamadera 

Yamagata City

Yamadera is a picturesque temple hanging on the precipice of a cliff founded over 1,000 years ago. Notable for its views, a climb up the 1,015 steps is akin to climbing up to paradise.

 

Matsuo Basho didn’t originally plan on visiting Yamadera Temple, however, when questioned multiple times on whether he had been there, it was obvious he simply had to go. 

 

And it is a wonderful thing he did, for he phrased a Haiku that succinctly encapsulates the essence of the Japanese.

Mt. Haguro

Where the present world’s troubles are overcome

With its stone stairway and five-storied pagoda situated amongst the hundreds of towering cedars and the thickest thatched roof in Japan at Sanjin-gosaiden Shrine, Mt. Haguro is a definite must-see. 

 

Located at the food of the Dewa Sanzan is the Shukubogai, a village of pilgrim lodges built in the 1600s specifically for those making a pilgrimage on the Dewa Sanzan. In its heyday, this village hosted more than 3 million pilgrims annually, providing not only lodging, but a place for pilgrims to change into the traditional Shiroshozoku garments and purify their bodies by eating the Shojin Ryori (ascetic cuisine) before heading out on their pilgrimage of rebirth.   

Mt. Gassan

The world of the afterlife where we meet our ancestors 

From the mist-covered Midagahara marshlands, to the rocky mountain paths over ice and snow, the 1,984m (6,509ft.) Mt. Gassan is the tallest of the three Dewa Sanzan.

 

When we die, it is said that our souls spend an arduous 33 years training, starting in the lower-lying mountains such as Mt. Haguro, until eventually reaching the top of Mt. Gassan where we turn into gods.

 

As such, Mt. Gassan is the metaphoric border into heaven where we can meet our deceased ancestors, and represents the world of the afterlife. 

Yamabushi training on Mt. Gassan of the Dewa Sanzan with Mt. Chokai in the background
The Shrine Gates of Mt. Yudono of the Dewa Sanzan in the autumn

Mt. Yudono

The world of the future where we come face-to-face with our future selves

Mt. Yudono is home to the most sacred part of the Dewa Sanzan, the object of worship in Mt. Yudono Shrine. So sacred, in fact, that there is an age-old rule forbidding any mention of it.

 

Mt. Yudono was also the training ground for the Sokushinbutsu. Otherwise known as Buddha Mummies or Living Buddha, Sokushinbutsu are self-mummified monks that sacrificed their lives to leave evidence of reaching enlightenment in the current world, and in the hopes of providing salvation to the people. 

Zenpoji Monastery

Tsuruoka City

Zen monks have been training at Zenpoji Monastery for over a millennium. Dedicated to the ocean, the temple is home to one of Tsuruoka City’s five-storied pagodas, the only city in Japan to have more than one, illustrating the strong spiritual

beliefs of the townspeople.

Zenpoji has a shrine where two dragon gods reside, with dragons traditionally symbolising water in the east.

The temple offers Zen experiences such as meditation and calligraphy, and guests are also welcome to stay there.

Zenpoji Monastery

Tsuruoka City

Zen monks have been training at Zenpoji Monastery for over a millennium. Dedicated to the ocean, the temple is home to one of Tsuruoka City’s five-storied pagodas, the only city in Japan to have more than one, illustrating the strong spiritual

beliefs of the townspeople.

Zenpoji has a shrine where two dragon gods reside, with dragons traditionally symbolising water in the east.

The temple offers Zen experiences such as meditation and calligraphy, and guests are also welcome to stay there.

Zenpoji Monastery

Tsuruoka City

Zen monks have been training at Zenpoji Monastery for over a millennium. Dedicated to the ocean, the temple is home to one of Tsuruoka City’s five-storied pagodas, the only city in Japan to have more than one, illustrating the strong spiritual

beliefs of the townspeople.

Zenpoji has a shrine where two dragon gods reside, with dragons traditionally symbolising water in the east.

The temple offers Zen experiences such as meditation and calligraphy, and guests are also welcome to stay there.


Mt. Yudono

The world of the future where we come face-to-face with our future selves

Mt. Yudono is home to the most sacred part of the Dewa Sanzan, the object of worship in Mt. Yudono Shrine. So sacred, in fact, that there is an age-old rule forbidding any mention of it.

 

Mt. Yudono was also the training ground for the Sokushinbutsu. Otherwise known as Buddha Mummies or Living Buddha, Sokushinbutsu are self-mummified monks that sacrificed their lives to leave evidence of reaching enlightenment in the current world, and in the hopes of providing salvation to the people. 

The Shrine Gates of Mt. Yudono of the Dewa Sanzan in the autumn

Mt. Yudono

The world of the future where we come face-to-face with our future selves

Mt. Yudono is home to the most sacred part of the Dewa Sanzan, the object of worship in Mt. Yudono Shrine. So sacred, in fact, that there is an age-old rule forbidding any mention of it.

 

Mt. Yudono was also the training ground for the Sokushinbutsu. Otherwise known as Buddha Mummies or Living Buddha, Sokushinbutsu are self-mummified monks that sacrificed their lives to leave evidence of reaching enlightenment in the current world, and in the hopes of providing salvation to the people. 


Mt. Gassan

The world of the afterlife where we meet our ancestors 

From the mist-covered Midagahara marshlands, to the rocky mountain paths over ice and snow, the 1,984m (6,509ft.) Mt. Gassan is the tallest of the three Dewa Sanzan.

 

When we die, it is said that our souls spend an arduous 33 years training, starting in the lower-lying mountains such as Mt. Haguro, until eventually reaching the top of Mt. Gassan where we turn into gods.

 

As such, Mt. Gassan is the metaphoric border into heaven where we can meet our deceased ancestors, and represents the world of the afterlife. 

Yamabushi training on Mt. Gassan of the Dewa Sanzan with Mt. Chokai in the background

Mt. Gassan

The world of the afterlife where we meet our ancestors 

From the mist-covered Midagahara marshlands, to the rocky mountain paths over ice and snow, the 1,984m (6,509ft.) Mt. Gassan is the tallest of the three Dewa Sanzan.

 

When we die, it is said that our souls spend an arduous 33 years training, starting in the lower-lying mountains such as Mt. Haguro, until eventually reaching the top of Mt. Gassan where we turn into gods.

 

As such, Mt. Gassan is the metaphoric border into heaven where we can meet our deceased ancestors, and represents the world of the afterlife. 


Mt. Haguro

Where the present world’s troubles are overcome

Massha Shrines at the base of Mt. Haguro of the Dewa Sanzan in Autumn

With its stone stairway and five-storied pagoda situated amongst the hundreds of towering cedars and the thickest thatched roof in Japan at Sanjin-gosaiden Shrine, Mt. Haguro is a definite must-see. 

 

Located at the food of the Dewa Sanzan is the Shukubogai, a village of pilgrim lodges built in the 1600s specifically for those making a pilgrimage on the Dewa Sanzan. In its heyday, this village hosted more than 3 million pilgrims annually, providing not only lodging, but a place for pilgrims to change into the traditional Shiroshozoku garments and purify their bodies by eating the Shojin Ryori (ascetic cuisine) before heading out on their pilgrimage of rebirth.   


Yamadera 

Yamagata City

Yamadera is a picturesque temple hanging on the precipice of a cliff founded over 1,000 years ago. Notable for its views, a climb up the 1,015 steps is akin to climbing up to paradise.

 

Matsuo Basho didn’t originally plan on visiting Yamadera Temple, however, when questioned multiple times on whether he had been there, it was obvious he simply had to go. 

 

And it is a wonderful thing he did, for he phrased a Haiku that succinctly encapsulates the essence of the Japanese.

Yamadera 

Yamagata City

Yamadera is a picturesque temple hanging on the precipice of a cliff founded over 1,000 years ago. Notable for its views, a climb up the 1,015 steps is akin to climbing up to paradise.

 

Matsuo Basho didn’t originally plan on visiting Yamadera Temple, however, when questioned multiple times on whether he had been there, it was obvious he simply had to go. 

 

And it is a wonderful thing he did, for he phrased a Haiku that succinctly encapsulates the essence of the Japanese.

Food: The Essence of Life

All life comes from the mountains. The leaves fall on the trees, and the bacteria help develop nutrient-rich mulch. The rain and snow fall and carry these nutrients down through the rivers and across the plains providing the grains, vegetables, and fruits with the necessities of life. Necessities that also sustain the wildlife, and the birds and fish alike. The rivers flow into the sea and provide nutrients to the creatures in the ocean. The mountains provide food, the essence of life.

 

The bountiful mountains, plains, rivers, lakes, and sea have provided the people of Yamagata with hearty meals for centuries. Yamagata Prefecture is known as the home of rice production in Japan, and is home to the only UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy in the country, Tsuruoka City. The unwavering spiritual belief of the people of Yamagata has lead to a distinctive food culture based around worshipping nature. 

 

Yamagata prefecture is covered with places to devour the unique food culture of this very special part of Japan that can be tried at the numerous restaurants, temples, shrines, and accommodation facilities. 

Shojin Ryori at Zenpoji Temple in Tsuruoka Near the Dewa Sanzan
Dewa Sanzan Shojin Ryori at Daishobo, a Shukubo Pilgrim Lodge at the bottom of Mt. Haguro

Yamagata’s Finest Cuisine 

Dewa Sanzan Shojin Ryori at Daishobo, a Shukubo Pilgrim Lodge at the bottom of Mt. Haguro

Dewa Sanzan Shojin Ryori Cuisine

The Shojin Ryori of the Dewa Sanzan is a major reason why Tsuruoka City was designated a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy. Try the large variety of dishes sourced straight from the surrounding mountains. 

Autumn Furumai Cuisine at Dewaya Ryokan in Nishikawa on Mt. Gassan of the Dewa Sanzan

Dewaya Furumai Ryori Cuisine

Freshly foraged mountain vegetables and mushrooms are on the menu with the Dewaya Furumai Ryori Set. 

Yamadera Fumotoya Cuisine

Taste the flavours of the season with the locally-sourced ingredients in Fumotoya’s famous set meal.

Restaurants

Fumotoya

Traditional dishes from the local area. 

Price: ¥1,000 – ¥3,000 

Opening Hours: 11am – 2pm 

Fumotoya Restaurant Yamadera Google maps link 

Dewaya

Traditional dishes made from ingredients taken straight from the surrounding mountains.

Price: ¥1,000 – ¥3,000 

Opening Hours: 11am – 2pm 

Dewaya Google maps link 

Saikan

Traditional dishes made from ingredients taken straight from the surrounding mountains.

Price: ¥1,000 – ¥3,000 

Opening Hours: 11am – 2pm 

Saikan Google maps link 

Accommodation

SHUKUBO: PILGRIM LODGES

Shukubo are lodges dedicated to pilgrims. Each has their own prayer hall for Yamabushi to change into their Shiroshozoku garments, and Shojin Ryori ascetic cuisine for purification before entering the mountains.

RYOKAN: TRADITIONAL INNS

Put yourself in an age gone by with a stay in one of Yamagata’s many Onsen Ryokan, traditional hot spring inns.

TEMPLE AND SHRINE STAYS

Wake up to chanting monks and try Zen Meditation or Calligraphy at one of the many temples and shrines in Yamagata. 

HOTELS

For those who simply want a place to rest their head, Yamagata has plenty of hotels available.

Shukubo Pilgrim Lodges

Daishinbo Shukubo

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Temples and Shrines

Zenpoji Temple

Wake up to the droning chants of monks at Zenpoji Temple, a Soto-sect Zen Monastery in the eastern part of Tsuruoka City.

Gyokusenji Temple

Gyokusenji Temple at the base of the Dewa Sanzan offers Zen Meditation and Calligraphy overlooking their award-winning Japan heritage garden.

Access

Plane, train, bus, or car, find the best way to access Yamagata.

Plane

Yamagata is one of few prefectures in Japan to be served by two airports, Yamagata Airport and Shonai Airport.

Train

Yamagata is famous for its Shinkansen Bullet Train complete with foot spa, and the Inaho that runs along the coast of the Sea of Japan.

Bus

Yamagata is served by multiple bus companies connected within and without the prefecture.

Car

Although Yamagata is served by a public transport system, the infrequency means that arguably the best means of transport within the prefecture is by car. 

Mt. Haguro 

Mt. Haguro is the easiest to access of the Dewa Sanzan and is open all year round. For those who wish to walk the 2,446 steps, start at the Ideha Cultural Memorial Museum, otherwise take the bus or a car to the main shrine.

Mt. Gassan

Mt. Gassan can be accessed from July to mid-October, with busses running everyday in July and August, and on weekends and public holidays in September. Popular places to start the climb at the 8th Station of Mt. GassanMt. Yudono Shrine, or the Gassan Ski Lift at Ubagasawa.

Mt. Yudono

Mt. Yudono is open from Golden Week at the beginning of May till around mid-November. It is perhaps best accessed by private car, however bus access is also available.

Zenpoji Temple

Zenpoji Temple is located in the western part of the Shonai region and is best accessed by private car or taxi.

Yamadera

Yamadera can be accessed by car or train, at Yamadera station.

Mt. Haguro

Mt. Haguro is the easiest to access of the Dewa Sanzan and is open all year round. For those who wish to walk the 2,446 steps, start at the Ideha Cultural Memorial Museum, otherwise take the bus or a car to the main shrine.

Mt. Gassan

Mt. Gassan can be accessed from July to mid-October, with busses running everyday in July and August, and on weekends and public holidays in September. Popular places to start the climb at the 8th Station of Mt. GassanMt. Yudono Shrine, or the Gassan Ski Lift at Ubagasawa.

Mt. Yudono

Mt. Yudono is open from Golden Week at the beginning of May till around mid-November. It is perhaps best accessed by private car, however bus access is also available.

Zenpoji Temple

Zenpoji Temple is located in the western part of the Shonai region and is best accessed by private car or taxi.

Yamadera

Yamadera can be accessed by car or train, at Yamadera station.

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