Mt. Kinbo’s Pilgrimage 藤沢から金峯山までの古道

Dewa Sanzan is not the only sacred place of Shugendo in Tsuruoka. Discover another sacred Yamabushi place around Yutagawa Onsen.

Required Time3h
Danger levelCaution advised
*Dangers include:Heat strokes, Slippery when raining, Fallen trees, Bear presence
Difficulty level (for beginners) Moderate
Equipment needed● Water
● Hiking shoes
● Rainwear
● Sun hat
● Hiking sticks
● Food or snacks

Difficulty levels have been designed for people who have a PAI (Personal Activity Intelligence) score inferior or equal to 60. Experienced hikers or persons with a PAI above 100 can withdraw two cases to know the average difficulty for their fitness level. Example:  Trails noted “Hard for beginners” correspond to “average” trails for experienced hikers or people with a PAI above 100.



1. Start at Yutagawa Onsen

2.  Go to Fujisawa hamlet

3.  Cross Fujisawa’s ricefields

4.  You walk past Fujisawa’s temple

5. Follow the paved road

6. After passing the bamboo forest, you find this sign.

Please attach your bear bell to your gear before going further.

7. Follow the road in the middle of the bamboo forest

8. You spot the Kinbo Shrine torii gate

9. Enter the hiking trail

10. The vegetation is wild

11. It is hot during summer, make frequent stops

12. Continue climbing

13. Make sure your bear makes sound

14. Landslides lead tree to fall. Climb them.

15. Continue straight

16. You get out of the forest

17. You spot steles

18. You enter a forest again

19. Cross the dirt road to continue

Be careful to the cars that might be crossing on the dirt road.

20.  The slope gets steeper

21. Viewpoint on Shonai plains

22. Another dirt road used by car crosses the road

23. Mountain toilet

Use if necessary

24. Mt. Kinbo’s viewpoint on Shonai Plains

25. This is the Gakkôzaka

26. Continue to Kinbozan Shrine

27. Kinbozan Shrine

28. Kinbozan Shrine

29. Go back to the dirt road but take the other direction this time

30. You are in a cedar forest

31. After some time, you come across this cave

This cave has been hosting life since the Jomon era.

32. Fallen trees on your way

33. Bamboo forest

34. From there, continue going straight to go back to Yutagawa Onsen