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Sakata Half-Day Private Trip with Nationally-Licensed Guide
Sakata Half-Day Private Trip with Nationally-Licensed Guide
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from: $80

This value-packed trip with a nationally-licensed and experienced multilingual tour guide is a fantastic and efficient way to explore Sakata and Tsuruoka! Well-known for its hot springs and scenic views, Yamagata is a wonderful place to immerse yourself in Japanese culture. Sakata and Tsuruoka area are known for its vast natural scenery and stunning panoramic views of the mountains and the sea. Along with the beautiful sights, many visitors seek the great hot springs, nature, historic temples, and delicious seafood cuisine this area is known for. Let us know what you would like to experience and we will customize a four-hour tour that's best for you! Note*1: Please select your must-see spots from a list in the tour information to create your customized itinerary. Note*2: The Nationally-licensed Tour Guide-Interpreter certification is issued by the Japanese government requires a good knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture and history.

Hijiori
Hijiori's original vegetarian meal "Gekiyama no Miezen" Vegetarian menu
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from: $35

Hijiori Onsen is a treasure trove of wild plants and mushrooms surrounded by mountains. An original menu for vegans and vegetarians, seasoned by professional chefs with plenty of seasonal wild vegetables and mushrooms. You will surely be satisfied!

[Okura Village, Yamagata Prefecture] Experience soba noodles at "Furusato Mikiraikan" surrounded by beautiful countryside scenery "Tanada of Yoga Village"! 《Souvenir gift》
[Okura Village, Yamagata Prefecture] Experience soba noodles at "Furusato Mikiraikan" surrounded by beautiful countryside scenery "Tanada of Yoga Village"! 《Souvenir gift》
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from: $31

For the buckwheat flour, use locally produced buckwheat flour "Mogami Sosei", and experience the buckwheat noodles that your local mother will teach you kindly and happily. You will enjoy the freshly scented plate soba. You can also buy soba souvenirs such as "buckwheat flour" and soba "Soba Karinto" and "Nanban Miso".

Tokoroten noodle cooking experience
Tokoroten noodle cooking experience
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from: $42

Use locally-grown weeds. You can make handmade TOKOROTEN that you don't usually make. Learn about seaweed food culture on the beach. Accept applications for 2 people.

Gotenmari Making Experience
Gotenmari Making Experience
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from: $28

Gotenmari is a typical local toy made in the Edo period. One needle is embroidered with colored thread and beautiful. A beautiful ball is completed in about 3 hours. How about making an original palace using favorite color? Accept applications for 1 people

[Okura Village, Yamagata Prefecture] Experience soba noodles at "Furusato Mikiraikan" surrounded by beautiful countryside scenery "Tanada of Yoga Village"!
[Okura Village, Yamagata Prefecture] Experience soba noodles at "Furusato Mikiraikan" surrounded by beautiful countryside scenery "Tanada of Yoga Village"!
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from: $31

Please use the fragrant local buckwheat flour "Mogami Sosei" and experience "soba making" that local mothers will teach you kindly! ◆ This plan is "3,900 yen for one set of 3 soba noodles". ◆ This plan is for those who are more than elementary school students. Please note that pre-school children cannot be reserved.

Hidden hot-spring retreat at Hijiori-Onsen
Hidden hot-spring retreat at Hijiori-Onsen
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from: $152

This is a rare chance to stay overnight at a hidden hot-spring village with a unique history. Hijiori-onsen is one of the ancient entrances to Dewasanzan, the 'Three Holy Mountains of Dewa'. A pilgrimage through all three mountains (Mt. Haguro, Mt. Gassan and Mt. Yudono) is believed to represent a journey of rebirth, with the mountains representing the present, the past and rebirth respectively. The journey gives pilgrims the chance to both reflect on their lives and reconnect with nature by receiving the spiritual power of the mountains. One way of receiving this power is to eat ‘Shojin Ryori’ (Japanese Shinto vegetarian cuisine) made with the wild local vegetables from the mountains. Traditonally, visitors would eat a Shojin Ryori meal made with vegetables and mushrooms from Mt. Gassan and purify themselves in the hot-spring water of Hijiori before beginning their pilgrimage.

Tsuruoka & Dewa-Sanzan Full-Day Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide
Tsuruoka & Dewa-Sanzan Full-Day Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide
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from: $101

This value-packed trip with a nationally-licensed and experienced multilingual tour guide is a fantastic and efficient way to explore Tsuruoka and Dewa-Sanzan! Tsuruoka is region has an absolute treasure trove of hidden gems to explore. If you’re searching for the chance to refresh your mind, body, and soul, a pilgrimage to the Dewa Sanzan in Tsuruoka may be in order. For over 1400 years, the Dewa Sanzan in Tsuruoka City, have been the site for mountain worshippers from across the world. Your guide will start your day with a morning pickup at your hotel. Let us know what special requests you have for the day and we will customize your itinerary in advance! Note*1: Please select your must-see spots from a list in the tour information to create your customized itinerary. Note*2: The Nationally-licensed Tour Guide-Interpreter certification is issued by the Japanese government requires a good knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture and history.

Yamairagawa Kabuki Experience
Yamairagawa Kabuki Experience
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from: $46

Classical performing developed independently in the district. It is structured so that even beginners can become familiar. Directed by a Noh performer from the Traditional Performing. Accept applications for 4 people.

Yamabushi Experience on Mt. Haguro
Yamabushi Experience on Mt. Haguro
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from: $715

Participants will be provided with an Ofuda. A gyohi pilgrimage gown, for your pilgrimage. Precious mementoes of your spiritual experience. With a guide, you will follow in the footsteps of pilgrims. Accept applications for 2 people.

Candle Painting in Tsuruoka City
Candle Painting in Tsuruoka City
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from: $19

It is a venerable item as a gift to the shogunate. Hand-drawn delicate and gorgeous color patterns are popular. You will be gently taught how to draw the traditional paint. You can make your own painting candle in about 1 hour. Accept applications for 1 people

Food x Spiritual Culture: Buddhist cuisine taught by Yamabushi
Food x Spiritual Culture: Buddhist cuisine taught by Yamabushi
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from: $289

It is a trip to learn the spiritual culture of Japan based on nature worship through the devoted cuisine of Dewa Sanzan. Dewa Miyama is a sacred place of Shugendo. One of Dewa Sanzan, Ashigran Green Guide Jippon of Mt. We will have vegetarian cuisine at Haguro Sansaikan. Dewa Sanzan's vegetarian cuisine is a vegetarian cuisine created by Yamabushi's wisdom to survive in the mountains. While actually watching the rich wild plants and mushrooms collected at Dewa Sanzan, learn how to preserve and cook from the chef, and enjoy the rich blessings of the mountains. Pray to the mountains and slowly experience the spiritual culture of Japan that appreciates grace.

Small Group Yamadera Mountain Walk in Yamagata
Small Group Yamadera Mountain Walk in Yamagata
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from: $193

Yamadera Temple is known as a power spot for not only the Yamabushi mountain monks but also among the local population. So having a local guide to show you the hidden, and often overlooked, areas of the complex is the perfect way to experience this sacred location. After that, you can experience firsthand the calming and meditative practices of meditation and experience sutra calligraphy. Lastly you can nourish your body and soul like a local with a delicious soba lunch.

Yamagata / Yamadera Half-Day Private Trip with Nationally-Licensed Guide
Yamagata / Yamadera Half-Day Private Trip with Nationally-Licensed Guide
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from: $80

This value-packed trip with a nationally-licensed and experienced multilingual tour guide is a fantastic and efficient way to explore Yamagata! Well-known for its hot springs and scenic views, Yamagata is a wonderful place to immerse yourself in Japanese culture. Yamagata City is a cosmopolitan hub allowing visitors to delve into a fascinating corner of Japan boasting a rich culture, soothing hot springs, soaring mountains and ski fields. Let us know what you would like to experience and we will customize a four-hour tour that's best for you! Note*1: Please select your must-see spots from a list in the tour information to create your customized itinerary. Note*2: The Nationally-licensed Tour Guide-Interpreter certification is issued by the Japanese government requires a good knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture and history.

Small-Group Dewa Sanzan Pilgrimage Trek with Yamabushi
Small-Group Dewa Sanzan Pilgrimage Trek with Yamabushi
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from: $402

Join a pilgrimage following the traditional route starting at a Shukubo Pilgrim Lodge and finishing at Dewa Sanzan Shrine. Experience a metaphoric journey from death to rebirth connecting you to nature and the Kami Gods and Buddha guided by a Yamabushi. Witness the spiritual sanctuary of Dewa Sanzan Shrine with the Michelin-starred row of cedar trees and thickest thatch roof in Japan on Dewa Sanzan Shrine at the top of Mt. Haguro at Dewa Sanzan.

Fish Auction Tour and Sushi Workshop in Sakata City
Fish Auction Tour and Sushi Workshop in Sakata City
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from: $201

Gain exclusive access into the auction floor of the fish market in Sakata City. Work with freshly caught fish bought directly from the market. Work alongside master sushi chefs in some of Yamagata's finest sushi bars. Fully guided by local guides. In this activity you will see how sushi is made from start to finish and also have the chance to work with freshly caught and top grade sashimi from the coast of Yamagata Prefecture.

Sakata Full-Day Private Trip with Nationally-Licensed Guide
Sakata Full-Day Private Trip with Nationally-Licensed Guide
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from: $101

This value-packed trip with a nationally-licensed and experienced multilingual tour guide is a fantastic and efficient way to explore Sakata and Tsuruoka! Well-known for its hot springs and scenic views, Yamagata is a wonderful place to immerse yourself in Japanese culture. Sakata and Tsuruoka area are known for its vast natural scenery and stunning panoramic views of the mountains and the sea. Along with the beautiful sights, many visitors seek the great hot springs, nature, historic temples, and delicious seafood cuisine this area is known for. Let us know what you would like to experience and we will customize a six-hour tour that's best for you! Note*1: Please select your must-see spots from a list in the tour information to create your customized itinerary. Note*2: The Nationally-licensed Tour Guide-Interpreter certification is issued by the Japanese government requires a good knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture and history.

Farmers Homestay in Yamagata
Farmers Homestay in Yamagata
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from: $241

Experience the rural farm life of Japan through a farmers homestay experience in Yamagata where you can stay in a charming farmhouse and join the farmers for an early morning harvest and learn how to cook a variety of traditional dishes together. These experiences take place in the outskirts of Tsuruoka City at a farmers homestay called Naa in collaboration with various farmers from this region. There are various types of crops that can be harvested together with the farmers such as dadachamame soy beans in mid-August and even winter turnips in January and February. See below for more information and note that we will continue to add more options as we work out the details with the farmers.

Yamagata / Yamadera Full-Day Private Trip with Nationally-Licensed Guide
Yamagata / Yamadera Full-Day Private Trip with Nationally-Licensed Guide
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from: $101

This value-packed trip with a nationally-licensed and experienced multilingual tour guide is a fantastic and efficient way to explore Yamagata! Well-known for its hot springs and scenic views, Yamagata is a wonderful place to immerse yourself in Japanese culture. Yamagata City is a cosmopolitan hub allowing visitors to delve into a fascinating corner of Japan boasting a rich culture, soothing hot springs, soaring mountains and ski fields. Let us know what you would like to experience and we will customize a six-hour tour that's best for you! Note*1: Please select your must-see spots from a list in the tour information to create your customized itinerary. Note*2: The Nationally-licensed Tour Guide-Interpreter certification is issued by the Japanese government requires a good knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture and history.

[Okura Village, Yamagata Prefecture] Okura Wasabi Harvesting and Processing Experience
[Okura Village, Yamagata Prefecture] Okura Wasabi Harvesting and Processing Experience
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from: $19

At the foot of Hayama in the east and at the foot of Gassan in the south, there is Okura Village, the least populated in Yamagata Prefecture. In winter, heavy snow of more than 3m is stored in beech forests, and after many years it has become a rich spring water, moistening rice terraces and growing fragrant wasabi. We cultivate wasabi without using any pesticides or chemical fertilizers, and we are committed to processing without additives.

Small-Group Zenpoji Temple Zen Experience in Yamagata
Small-Group Zenpoji Temple Zen Experience in Yamagata
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from: $257

You can experience Zen and authentic Buddhist lunch ceremony. By learning the basics of Zen Buddhism from a real monk and experiencing Zen, you can have a calming practices can be applied to everyday life.

About Yamagata Prefecture


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