From Dainichibo to Tamugimata

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Odan no Sugi

THE HIGHLIGHTS

OF THIS TRAIL

 Itaya's spring

Steps:

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If you wish to start hiking the Rokujurigoe-kaido from this course by bus, follow those instructions:

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Walk 700 meters until Dainichibo.

Part  3 cleared!

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Here is what Odan no Sugi's millenary tree looks like. It is said the prince Mimorowake died in 56 at the exact same place where the tree is standing.

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Look for this panel. The tree located near it is the famous Odan no Sugi tree.

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You arrive at the memorial steles of Dainichibo.

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Follow the dirt path that will lead you to Odan no Sugi's giant cedar tree

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Follow the paved road for 2 km.

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You arrive at this part of the trail called Sainokami Toge 塞ノ神峠, leave the paved road to follow on the grassy path.

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You are in the middle of Sainokami's forest. Continue straight.

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You spot Sainokami's stele in tribute of Mt. Yudono's gods.

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You get out of the forest and spot a pond on your right.

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You have a view on Gassan and Yudono's mountains from afar.

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You will arrive near a small rice field.

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You spot a flag that indicates the Tamugimata village is near.

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Look from above. Do you see that thatched-roof afar..? This is Tamugimata village's famous thatched-roof house. You're near the end.

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Follow the path down to the village.

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The vegetation might have gotten wild before your visit, but try to follow the path in between.

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Take the stairs down.

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Cross the river. Try to not fall!

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If you come across this stela of Mt. Yudono's gods, it means you're not lost. Hooray!

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You're very close to the Tamugimata's Thatch-Roofed House.

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You finally arrive in the village.

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Here ends the third part of the Rokujurigoe-kaido pilgrimage.

Bus info and timetable

About the bus stops:

  • Tsuruoka Station 鶴岡駅前: Where most of the buses depart from.

  • Kamimatsune 上松根: Get off there to start hiking the Rokujurigoe-kaido. 

  • Oami 大網: Get off there to see Dainichibo Temple and Churenji Temple's mummies.

  • Tamugimata 田麦俣: Get off there to see the thatched-roof houses or to stay for the night (ex: Tamugiso 田麦荘).

  • Yudonosan Senninzawa 湯殿山仙人沢 : Get off there to visit Mt. Yudono or to stay for the night (Yudonosan Sanrojo).