Rokujurigoe-kaido 六十里越街道

What is it..?

The Rokujurigoe-kaido (direct translation: “The Over-235km-road”), is an ancient trail that was once the heart of commercial, religious and administrative activities of the Shonai region. The first mention of the Rokujurigoe-kaido goes back 1,200 years. It connected Tsuruoka, Oami village, Tamugimata village, Mt. Yudono to Sagae, and even Yamagata city. Although its name says it is "235 kilometers long,” the passable part of the path is only 44km long nowadays; what remains is a very challenging trekking experience—even for professional hikers.
 
    Because the Dewa Sanzan pilgrims in the Tohoku region mainly used this route to visit Mt. Yudono, it is also called "Yudono-michi" ("the path to Mt. Yudono"). At the time, however, any traveler would have used the Rokujurigoe-kaido; the lords of the Shonai clan even took it to get to the capital any time the Shogun called them back by their side.
 
Walking along the Rokujurigoe-kaido is a good way to imagine what life was like for a Dewa Sanzan pilgrim 1200 years ago. You will pass by several sacred trees as well as religious steles (stone monuments) referring to Buddhism and/or Dewa Sanzan. You may rest in what were once teahouses for pilgrims and see many more vestiges of a time gone by.

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Distance:

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Elevation gain:

24.2

km.

1630

meters

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Required time:

12

h

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Rokujurigoe-Kaido: From Honmyoji to Churenji
Spring to Autumn
Tsuruoka City – Official Website

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Rokujurigoe-Kaido: From Honmyoji to Churenji

六十里越街道:松根から注連寺までのコース

The starting point of the Rokujurigoe-Kaido pilgrimage to Mt. Yudono.

Length:

6.5

km.

Elevation:

500

m.

Duration:

2.3

hours (for beginners)

Danger:
Rather safe
Difficulty:
Easy
Rokujurigoe-Kaido: From the Nanatsu falls to Yudono
Spring to Autumn
Tsuruoka City – Official Website

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Rokujurigoe-Kaido: From the Nanatsu falls to Yudono

「ゆどの道」六十里越街道の巡礼

The final step before reaching Mt. Haguro through the Rokujurigoe-Kaido pilgrim trail.

Length:

11

km.

Elevation:

834

m.

Duration:

5

hours (for beginners)

Danger:
Caution advised
Difficulty:
Moderate
Rokujurigoe-Kaido: From Churenji to Dainichibo Temple
All-year-round
Tsuruoka City – Official Website

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Rokujurigoe-Kaido: From Churenji to Dainichibo Temple

六十里越街道:注連寺から大日坊

The road that connects two of the most important temples in Mt. Yudono's history, each entombing a Sokushinbutsu mummy.

Length:

3

km.

Elevation:

10

m.

Duration:

0.3

hours (for beginners)

Danger:
Safe
Difficulty:
Very easy
Rokujurigoe-Kaido: From Dainichibo Temple to the Nanatsu Falls
Spring to Autumn
Tsuruoka City – Official Website

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Rokujurigoe-Kaido: From Dainichibo Temple to the Nanatsu Falls

六十里越街道:大日坊から七ツ滝まで

Leave the mummies village to go back to the Rokujurigoe-Kaido forests.

Length:

4

km.

Elevation:

160

m.

Duration:

1.5

hours (for beginners)

Danger:
Caution advised
Difficulty:
Easy

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WHERE TO STAY?

You fear you'll miss the bus back to Tsuruoka? It's safer to stay in one of the hotels, ryokan, or guesthouses in the area.

Gassan Chōjō Goya

Gassan Chōjō Goya

Gassan Chōjō Goya

月山頂上小屋

The mountain lodge at the top of Mt. Gassan.

From:

Tsuruoka City – Official Website