Two days tour of Dewa Three Mountain shrine from Tokyo

Day Trip

Yuki K.

4.72(270) reviews
2 days
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 5 people

This tour explores the Dewa Three Mountain Shrine in Yamagata prefecture. On the first day, you can observe the very big 5 story pagoda built in Edo period, which recognized as the national treasure and obtained Michelin two stars. We will stay at a shrine lodge for ascetic people. On the second day, we will visit the main shrine and walking down the 2km long steep steps in a forest which obtained Michelin three stars.


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Meeting Point

At your hotel in Tokyo

1st day


At your hotel

Hotel pick-up near the reception and take a train to Tokyo station. The pick-up time depends on where you stay.

9:28-14:20 Train from Tokyo station to Tsuruoka station

We will take the Shinkansen from Tokyo station.

14:32-15:10 Bus to Haguro-yama

We will take a local bus from Tsuruoka station


16:00-17:00 The five story pagoda in a forest

After checking in, we will walk to the five story pagoda which is a National treasure and Michelin ★★.

Stay at Shrine lodge

You will have a Shojin dinner, but the lodge may not have a private room.

The lodge may have a public bath only. There is no hotel nor inn near the shrine.

2nd day

Experience a Shinto style morning ceremony

It is optional to attend the morning ceremony, but it will be very interesting. We will have our breakfast then.

8:15-8:45 Bus to Haguru-yama Summit

We will take a local bus to the summit.


9:00-10:00 The main shrine and other small sanctuaries

We will walk around the area.


10:00-12:00 Walking down the long steep steps

We will walk down the steps in a forest of the shrine. (Michelin ★★★)


12:00-13:00: Lunch

We will have a simple lunch such as a soba noodle.

13:15-13:50 Bus to Tsuruoka station

We will take a local bus.

14:50-19:00 Train to Tokyo station

We will take an express train from Tsuruoka station and change into the Shinkansen at Niigata station via Tokyo.


At your hotel

End of the tour

Ending Point

At your hotel in Tokyo

What to Expect

On the first day, you can observe the very big 5 story pagoda built in Edo period in a forest which recognized as national treasure and obtained Michelin two stars.

We will stay at a shrine lodge for ascetic people and recommended to attend a Shinto style morning ceremony. Although it obtained Michelin three stars, walking upward the 2km long steep steps in a forest will be too hard for ordinary people including the guide, so we will enjoy the scene by walking down the steps after visiting the main shrine by taking a bus from the lodge in the morning of the second day. If you are interested, please visit my Blog in TripleLights HP (

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Guide fee

Hotel pick-up

What‘s not included

Transportation cost (about 30,000 JPY per adult for you and guide)

Lunch (about 1,500 JPY per person for you and guide)

Lodging cost (about 10,000 JPY per adult for you and guide)

Important Information

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Japan has been closed to foreign travelers since 2020 March. Please ask me the availability of this tour before you book it.

The tour will be available for 7 months from May to November while lodgings are available, but it will be more comfortable from June to October.

The lodge is different from ordinary hotels or inns. We will sleep on a separate mattress with a quilt cover on a tatami floor in a same wide room.

This tour will start from Tokyo.

- The tour guide is not available on Monday.

- Please, send a direct message to the tour guide for confirming the availability before booking

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 30 days prior to meeting time
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting time
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting time

Frequently Asked Questions

How much is the transportation cost ?

It is about 30,000 JPY per adult for a return trip from Tokyo to the shrine.

How to book the shrine lodge and how much is the lodging cost ?

I will book it for you.

The cost is about 10,000 JPY per adult, including dinner and breakfast.

You may need cash payment at the shrine lodge.

Can you provide tours to other area in Yamagata ?

Please ask me, I will do my best by using public transportation as much as possible to answer your request. But tour to other mountains like Mt. Gassan and Mt. Yudono will not be possible until Summer due to transportation and cold weather of high mountains.


Bradley K.

Jul 24, 2021

Beautiful tour of Kamakura

Thankyou for your splendid tour Yuki. It was an enjoyable expierence and you are well versed in escapism.

Yuki K.

Dear Bradley, Thank you for giving me the remark with many stars. I hope this virtual tour will help you when you come to Japan in the future. Best regards, Yuki


Debbie L.

Feb 4, 2020

Two great days in Tokyo

We are so grateful for two amazing days in Tokyo. We saw SO MUCH that we could not have managed by ourselves especially with the complicated subways! Yuki took us to so amazing spots that we could not have known about or seen so quickly in two days.

Yuki K.

Dear Debbie, Thank you for taking my tour. I am very happy if you enjoyed it. Please give my best regards to Dave, too. Yuki


Andrew H.

Jan 25, 2020

Kyoto be Tokyo

An awesome day in Kyoto followed by some Tokyo highlights .. Yuki was an awesome guide - very knowledgeable, knew the best restaurants, public transport system, Japanese history and culture .. we enjoyed an awesome 2 days with him :) Thanks !

Yuki K.

Dear Andrew, Thank you for taking my tours. I was very much upset when I found that we were waiting at different places. But we met just before the departure of the Shinkansen and saw Mt. Fuji from the window of the train. We delayed for the tea ceremony in Kyoto, but you made it through and arrived Kinkaku-Ji temple before the sun set. It was a memorable tour for me, too. Please give my best regards to your family. Yuki


John S.

Jan 21, 2020

Meiji Shrine, Imperial Palace Gardens and Senso-Ji temple

We had an excellent day with Yuki. He was very well organised and prepared a very nice full day itinerary for our family. He organised Passmo travel passes for us all and navigated us around the Tokyo metro and rail network with ease. We visited Meiji Shrine, Imperial Palace Gardens and Senso-Ji temple. As a special treat for our girls (8 and 10 yo) he took us to a Owl cafe where we could have a hot coffee and the girls could get up close to owls, lizards, meerkats, chinchillas, hedgehogs and other animals. We also went to a Udon noodle restaurant for lunch - once again an excellent choice from Yuki. We had a great day and learned a lot at the same time as Yuki was very knowledgeable on everywhere we visited. Thank you Yuki - we really enjoyed our time with you today.

Yuki K.

Dear John, Thank you for taking my tour of Tokyo. Everything went well and I was very happy to see you enjoy the places I took you. Please have a nice vocation in Japan. Yuki

$525/ per group

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