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SHINRIN'YOKU
"FOREST BATHS"

"Forest baths"

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: 

Le sanctuaire de Kihi

​Title:

Natural Monument

Ce sanctuaire sanctifie la déesse des céréales et de la nourriture: Ukemochi no Kami, l'impératrice Jingu et le personnage légendaire de Yamato Takeru.

Area:

Yura, Central Tsuruoka

Required time:

30 minutes

Mt. Kinbo

​Title:

Tangible Cultural Property, Scenic Place of Beauty

The shrine got registered in the list of National Important Cultural Properties in 2001 for its importance in the history of the Shugendo religion.

Area:

Yutagawa, Central Tsuruoka

Required time:

1 to 4 hours

Minami Dani

​Title:

Matsuo Basho's Oku no Hoso Michi

Once a temple, now a ruin, this is a beautiful alternative hike on Mt. Haguro.

Area:

Haguro

Required time:

90 minutes

Kihi Shrine

​Title:

Natural Monument

The shrine worships Ukemochi no Kami (goddess of cereals and food), the Empress Jingu, and the legendary Yamato Takeru.

Area:

Yura, Central Tsuruoka

Required time:

30 minutes

Minakami Hachiman Shrine

​Title:

Tangible Cultural Property

Its moss-covered stone path and its thatch-roofed shrine (National Important Cultural Property) give this place a timeless atmosphere.

Area:

Yutagawa, Central Tsuruoka

Required time:

30 minutes

Yuzusame Shrine

​Title:

Natural Monument

Though it was first built in 650, the current building is a reconstruction from the late 18th century.

Area:

Yutagawa, Central Tsuruoka

Required time:

30 minutes

Mizusawa's Kumano shrine

​Title:

Natural Monument

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.

Area:

Yutagawa, Central Tsuruoka

Required time:

30 minutes

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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.