The Three Sacred Mountains of Dewa & 5 Highlights of Mt. Chokai

Highlights

Perfect tour recommended for a first-time visitors to Dewa Sanzan. 1. Stay near Dewa Sanzan at Sakata and Tsuruoka. No need to travel long distance, so it will be a comfortable journey. 2. Go to Dewa Sanzan, a place you should visit once in a lifetime. *Five storied pagoda in Mt. Haguro・・・The only five-storied pagoda in Tohoku region, the national treasure, surrounded by cedar trees. *Mt. Haguro, Dewa Sanzan Shrine・・・Visit Sanjin Gosaiden where venerates the spirits of all three mountains, Mt. Gassan, Mt. Haguro & Mt. Yudono. *Mt. Gassan, the 8th station・・・Overlook Midagahara marshland. *Yudonosan Shrine・・・Visit the inner shrine of Dewa Sanzan where photography and talking is strictly prohibited. 3. Enjoy 5 superb views of Mt. Chokai, also called Dewa Fuji, which is difficult to visit on your own. 4. Visit some secluded places like Sankyo-soko Rice Storehouses and Hottai Falls. 5. Relish special sushi from a sushi restaurant Suzumasa for dinner on Day-1. [Dewa Sanzan] Mt. Gassan (1984m), Mt. Haguro (414m) and Mt. Yudono (1500m), collectively known as the Dewa Sanzan (Three Sacred Mountains of Dewa), have been of great spiritual significance to Shinto and Buddhist ascetics for over 1,400 years, and they are still important to believers to this day. Each mountain represents a different world: Mt. Haguro - present world Mt. Gassan - the afterlife world Mt. Yudono - future world During the Dewa Sanzan pilgrimage, you will be reincarnated at Mt. Haguro, experience and practice life after death at Mt. Gassan, and will be reborn at Mt. Yudono. [Meals] Day-1: Special sushi dinner from a sushi restaurant Suzumasa in Sakata. Day-3: Western lunch at a hotel with the theme of Shonai's iconic paddy field, opened in 2018. 【Optional bento box lunch on Day-1】 Beef bento / without tea JPY 1,250 (tax included)/box Makunouchi-style (fish, meat, vegetables, egg, pickles and rice) / without tea JPY 1,00 (tax included)/box ※Please inform us at least 5 days prior to the tour departure date. ※Please pay cash to the tour staff on the tour day. ※If you don't order, please prepare your lunch in advance. [Important] *A Japanese-speaking guide is included. Although the tour conductor can speak English or Chinese, they are not an interpreter for the guide. [Accommodation] Day-1: Sakata・Hotel Rich & Garden Sakata Overlook Mt. Chokai from the breakfast venue. Day-2: Tsuruoka・Tokyo Daiichi Hotel Tsuruoka Hotel with hot spring public bath. ※As the accommodation will be in a business type hotel, even if your reservation is for 2 people in 1 room, there is a possibility that 2 single rooms will be provided. Even if you are travelling with children. [Additional information] *Items included – Transportation, accommodation, meal(s), admission fee(s) specified in the itinerary and taxes. None of these expenses will be refunded even if the participant does not use them for whatever reason. *Items not included – Any expenses not specified in the itinerary (e.g. personal expenses, optional tours). *Items included in "Infant price" (3-5 years old) - Bus seats only. ※If train seat, meals, bedding are needed please apply as a child. [Important] *You can enjoy the view of Midagahara from near the parking lot, but for those who would like to stroll on the wooden paths it is recommended to wear comfortable slip-resistant shoes. In case of rain, please prepare a waterproof clothing (better if consists of two separate parts); also bring rucksack. *Yudonosan Shrine・Senninzawa・・・Taking photos is prohibited. Admission to the shrine in Mt. Yudono is allowed only after removing your footwear and receiving a ritual. Please bring your own socks and towels to wipe your feet after the visit. *Visit to the shrine may be omitted due to bad weather or natural disasters, etc. for safety reason. *Please wear comfortable warm clothing and walking shoes. *Depending on the road conditions on the day, the order of the itinerary may change. *This tour is operated with a mixture of Japanese and foreign guests. However a staff member will give you the basic information, such as meeting place and time at each stop in English or Chinese, although they won't give you detailed information on the places visited. *A Japanese-speaking guide is included. Although the tour conductor can speak English or Chinese, they are not an interpreter for the guide. *We will not be responsible for any delays, shortenings or omissions made to the itinerary due to circumstances beyond our control (traffic, weather etc.) *A decision on whether to cancel the tour will be decided by 3pm Japan Standard Time one day before the tour date. We will inform you by e-mail. *The tour end point may be different from the meeting point. Ask the tour conductor on the day. *The amended Act on the Protection of Personal Information came into effect on 30 May 2017. Customer information (name, age, gender etc.) may be forwarded to the hotels or necessary entities for the purpose of making tour arrangements. This condition shall be deemed to have been accepted by the customer upon completion of the reservation.

Itinerary

Day 1
  • Breakfast: 0
  • Lunch: 0
  • Dinner: 1
  • Light meal: 0
  • Tokyo Station (Depart 7:44~8:56) [Shinkansen "Yamabiko"] Fukushima Station Mt.Haguro・Sanjin Gosaiden Five storied pagoda in Mt. Haguro (The only five-storied pagoda in Tohoku region, the national treasure / approx. 50 mins) Sankyo-soko Rice Storehouses (12 wooden buildings and a row of zelkova trees are beautiful / approx. 40 mins) Sakata (Dinner at the long-established sushi restaurant Suzumasa / approx. 50 mins) Sakata (Overnight)

Day 2
  • Breakfast: 1
  • Lunch: 0
  • Dinner: 1
  • Light meal: 0
  • Sakata ① Tamasudare Falls (A spiritual spot discovered and named by Kobo Daishi / approx. 30 mins) ② Mt. Chokai・Maruike Pond (Magnificent view! Mysterious cobalt blue pond / approx. 20 mins) ③ Mototaki Fukuryusui Underflow (Stroll / approx. 40 mins) [Chokai Blue Line (View from the car window)] ④ Mt. Chokai 5th Station (View Mt. Chokai and the Sea of Japan from an altitude of 1,500m / View autumn leaves from around late September to late October / approx. 20 mins) ⑤ Hottai Falls (One of the best 100 waterfalls in Japan with the melting water of Mt. Chokai / approx. 40 mins) Tsuruoka Onsen (Overnight)

Day 3
  • Breakfast: 1
  • Lunch: 1
  • Dinner: 0
  • Light meal: 0
  • Tsuruoka Onsen Mt. Gassan, the 8th Station (Visit a secluded place at around 9:00am / approx. 60 mins) Suiden Terrasse (Opened in 2018. Have Western lunch at a hotel with the theme of Shonai's iconic paddy field / approx. 40 mins) Yudonosan Shrine・Senninzawa (Visit the inner shrine Okunoin of Dewa Sanzan / approx. 60 mins) Fukushima Station [Shinkansen "Yamabiko"] Tokyo Station (Arrive 19:48~20:48)



location Tokyo

Detail

Departure place

Tokyo

Meeting Time

-

Destination

Yamagata, Tohoku

Language
  • English

  • Chinese (Mandarin)

Language Support

A tour conductor or staff of your preferred language will accompany the tour from the designated meeting place (at a designated airport in case of a tour with airplanes) and provides the participant with basic information necessary for the tour (such as meeting place and time at each stop etc) in your preferred language. Information on sightseeing in the areas of tour destinations will not be provided. However, brochures in your preferred language will be provided.

Minimum number of participants for operation

20 Person(s)

*When the participants does not reach the number above, the tour will not be operated. If this is the case, those who have made a reservation will be informed of the matter by 14 days prior to the scheduled departure date (by 4 days prior to the departure in case of a Day-tour).

Minimum number of participants for booking

1 Person(s)

Cancellation policy Tour Condition
The prices may vary depending on number of participants and other conditions.