AN ADVENTURE IN

THE HEART OF NORTHERN JAPAN

     Tsuruoka, circled with Japan sea, the mounts and the plains, offers all kind of landscapes to see.

       With its very marked seasons (very snowy winters, cool springs, very hot summers and mild autumns), Tsuruoka's nature is rich in variety and colors. Its beauty and its greatness is one of the reasons why Shugendo's spirituality emerged in the first place.

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"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 since 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 emanated from the trees.

Our recommendations for forest bathing: 

  • MT. HAGURO

    2446 steps inside Mother Nature

    Take off the bus at Haguro Zuishinmon bus stop and absorb Mt. Haguro's power.

    Estimated time

    2.5 hours

  • MINAKAMI HACHIMAN

    Moss, thatched-roofs and cedars

    Follow the moss path to get to the ancient shrine that is a National Cultural Property.

    Estimated time

    30 min.

  • KUMANO SHRINE

    A mystical tunnel of trees

    This scenic shrine features an ancient holy tree. 8min. away from Minakami Hachiman.

    Estimated time:

    30 min.

  • YUZUSAME SHRINE

    A forest inside Yutagawa Onsen

    This 1300 years old shrine protects a "breasted" ginkgo tree inside Yutagawa Onsen

    Estimated time:

    30 min.

  • KIHI SHRINE

    A shrine that binds lovers forever

    This ancient shrine near the coast, located behind rice fields, realizes lovers' wishes

    Estimated time:

    30 min.

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Make one with Nature

aSAHI REGION's wild forests

     Asahi region, down Tsuruoka's interior city, is known for many things: its thatch-roofed houses, its flowers, its cherry blossoms and gorgeous autumn red leaves, but more importantly for its historical road: Rokujurigoe kaido 六十里越街道. The Rokujurigoe road was first used 1200 years ago to link all the surrounding areas to the holy mount Yudono (hence its secondary name: yudono michi, "the path to Yudono"), where pilgrims went from all over the country to inhale Dewa Sanzan's sacred spirit. Its difficulty (for a trekking path) and its wildness (it's not rare to encounter wild beasts) really challenged pilgrim's faith to get to Dewa Sanzan. To complete the trekking up until Mount Yudono, follow the security instructions written on Rokujurigoe kaido's official English page.

DEGAM Tsuruoka Tourism Bureau (General Incorporated Association)

Address: 3-1 Suehiromachi, MARICA East Building, 2nd floor, Tsuruoka, Yamagata 997-0015, JAPAN

TEL: (+81) 0235-26-1218

E-mail: tsuruoka@degam.jp

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