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Shinrin'yoku 森林浴, the Japanese art of "healing" one's soul in the forests
"Forest baths", known as shinrin'yoku, is a fabulous way to experience the deep connection that binds Japanese people and Nature for millennia.
Japanese people have been worshipping mountains and forests for as long as Japanese civilization has existed. Wherever there is a mountain, there is a kami (Shinto deity).
Come pay a visit to Tsuruoka's kami by venturing inside the forests and absorb all the good energy that emanates from the trees.
Our recommendations for forest bathing:
Mizusawa's Kumano shrine
The shrine was first built during the 10th century. Behind the shrine, the giant cedar tree, which age has been estimated over 1000 years old, has been registered in the National Natural Monuments lists in 1927.
Yutagawa, Central Tsuruoka
The Rokujurigoe-kaido Path, a 44km long pilgrimage trail, used by Mt. Yudono's pilgrims for more than 1200 years.
Go see the sokushinbutsu mummies, the dragon god tree, and Mt. Yudono on foot.
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