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HIKING

IN tsuruoka

Walk along the paths taken by the pilgrims for over a millennium.

              The Tohoku region (North-Eastern Japan) is the dream destination for hiking lovers. The calm, the untouched nature, the mountains, the ancient shrines scattered across the forests... There are so many wonders waiting for adventurers in Yamagata Prefecture.

Not to be outdone, Tsuruoka City has many trekking trails with several difficulty levels that will satisfy any hiker. Have a look at our trails:

SELECT YOUR LEVEL

 

Rokujurigoe-kaido Path

May - October

This pilgrimage path is 44km. long! You'll need 3 days to walk it all! So we recommend to divide your hiking experience in several parts. Ask our local guides what's the best itinerary for you.

Hard

Mt. Haguro's stairway

May - Early December

Even though the whole climbing experience is tough, small children and seniors often do the trip to the top! Count around 1 hour (1 hour and half if you want to take your time) to go up, and 45 min. (1h10) to go down.

Moderate

Mt. Haguro Snow trekking

Late December - Late March

Put on your hay snowshoes and let your guide show you landscapes very few people can see.

Moderate

Mt. Yudono's yamabushi path

May - Late October

This path is very dangerous. We recommend you to be accompanied by one of our yamabushi guides or to be extremely cautious when crossing the river or climbing up the ladders.

Hard

Mt. Gassan

July 1st - Late October

It usually takes up to 4 hours to get to the top, and 3 hours to get down for beginner climbers. Advanced climbers can reach the top within 2.5 hours and go back within 1.5 hours, but we recommend you to plan a whole day to climb Gassan.

Hard

Asahi region Snowshoe trekking

Late December - Late March

Time to make some good use of all that snow that falls in Asahi region! Put on your snow shoes and discover this beautiful natural region!

Moderate

Mt. Haguro's pagoda

All year round

The famous five-story pagoda of Mt. Haguro, a National Treasure. You can see it all year around. Watch your steps in case of rain or snow, it can get pretty slippery!

Easy

Honmyoji Temple

May - Early December

This Shingon Buddhist temple is hidden inside a small forest, that is not accessible by car. You'll be one of the very few lucky ones to have reached it.

Easy

Asahi's Flower hike

April - May

A short stroll in the old area of Asahi village, among the dogtooth violets and the canola flowers.

Easy

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Beware of the bears!

When you take a stroll in the mountains of Japan's forests, you need to be cautious about the Japanese black bear. Though they are not aggressive by nature and normally fear humans, they will attack if they are surprised. To let them know about your presence, we highly recommend you to attach a bear bell to your gear when walking inside a forest. The sound of the bell will alert the bears of your presence, letting them know they better back off, thus avoiding the risk of an attack caused by surprise. You can also sing, laugh, talk loudly to make sure the bears hear you.

If you happen to encounter a bear, always face him. Slowly step back, don't scream, don't run.

Even if it's true baby bears are the cutest things ever, NEVER touch a cub or come close to them. Momma bear is never very far, and she is extremely aggressive. 

You can also buy a "bear pepper spray" in Japanese drugstores; it will give you enough time to escape.

WHERE TO BUY BEAR GEAR:

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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