From Matsune to Churenji Temple

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The Itaya Spring source

THE HIGHLIGHTS

OF THIS TRAIL

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The Juotoge

STEP

1

Get off the bus at Kami-Matsune (上松根)bus stop

350m

5 min.

STEP

4

Arriving at the small "Mountain God Stela" (山神碑), go straight

1220m

35 min.

STEP

7

After turning right at the Oibun stela, follow straight on the long forest path

900m

30 min.

STEP

10

Continue following the road

STEP

13

Go down the path, there are not so many trees around you, that's normal.

450m

35min.

STEP

16

Go down the cedar alley

825m

30 min.

STEP

2

Go to the Hachiman shrine torii and climb up the forest

350m

5 min.

STEP

5

Arriving at the "Mt. Yudono Stela" (湯殿山碑)go straight.

125m

STEP

8

You arrived at a sign that shows you the direction to Juotoge (十王峠).

STEP

11

Climb the Yukitsubaki slope (ユキツバキ坂). Be prepared: it's harsh!

STEP

14

You arrive at the Itaya spring source. Give a little splash to 6 Jizo carved in the stone. It'll give you luck.

STEP

17

After some time, you'll have reached Churenji Temple.

STEP

3

Arrived at the giant stela, go towards the direction of the forest

330m

40 min.

STEP

6

After 1km, on your left, you will find the Oibun stela (追分石). If you go left, you will find the Otaki falls (20 min. walk). If you turn right, you will follow the path to Churenji.

1375m

35 min.

STEP

9

Turn left to follow the road to Juotoge

1100m

35 min.

STEP

12

You arrived at Juotoge, that you can recognize by its Jizo statue and its tree logs that serve as chairs.

STEP

15

After the Itaya spring, there is a beech forest. If you go during spring, you'll notice some snow camellia flowering around you.

STEP

18

Pay a visit to the Sokushinbutsu mummy (entry: 500 yens)

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).