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DESTINATION

SHONAI

Discover the hidden treasures of Shonai,
an ancient world that’s full of spirit.

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ABOUT

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  • THE HIDDEN TREASURES OF SHONAI, YAMAGATA

    Located in the northwestern part of Yamagata Prefecture, north Honshu, the Shonai region is an ancient land that for centuries served as the breadbasket of old Tokyo. Or rather, its rice bowl, since it was Shonai where the Tokugawa shogunate decided to concentrate their rice production in order to feed Edo in the 17th century.

    STAYING POWER

    Even today, the area hasn’t forgotten its roots, producing some of the best rice and, consequently, some of the best sake in the world. But Shonai isn’t just about physical nourishment. It’s also where you can replenish your spirit.

    A SPIRITUAL CENTER

    The Shonai region is one of the main centers of Shugendo in Japan. Shugendo is a syncretic religion combining aspects of Shinto, Buddhism, animism, and shamanism. It’s especially focused on mountain asceticism, as part of Shugendo’s beliefs is that mountains are where departed souls and the gods reside, and that in order to get closer to them on a spiritual level, one must first train their body and deny it earthly pleasures.

SEASON

  • SPRING

  • SUMMER

  • AUTUMN

  • WINTER

THINGS TO DO

  • ZENPO-JI TEMPLE

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    ZENPO-JI TEMPLE

    The history of Zenpo-ji goes back to around the mid-10th century when the monk Myotatsu taught Buddhism to two serpent deities, Naga and Nagi, at his secluded mountain retreat. Centuries later, when a temple was founded on the site of the retreat, the serpents returned and agreed to act as its guardians. In Japanese mythology, serpents are connected closely to water, so it’s no surprise that Zenpo-ji eventually erected a five-story pagoda dedicated to Ryujin, the dragon god who symbolizes the power of the ocean. Zenpo-ji’s ocean-centric pagoda is actually the only structure of its kind in all of Japan, which is why fishermen from all over come to pray and make offerings at the temple. For all those interested in following their example: the temple is located in Tsuruoka, is open all year round, and the entrance to it is free.

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  • HAGURO SHUGENDO

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    HAGURO SHUGENDO

    The Three Mountains of Dewa (Dewa Sanzan) are three holy peaks located in modern-day Yamagata, with Shonai serving as the gateway to the tallest one of them: Mount Gassan. Literally meaning “moon mountain,” Gassan represents death in Shugendo, which is why it’s usually the second stop of the Dewa Sanzan pilgrimage after Mount Haguro (roughly “Black Wing”), which represents life/birth. Incidentally, the third peak, Mount Yudono, represents rebirth. While technically not part of Shonai, Mount Haguro lies just on the border of the region and its influence on the local culture is undeniable. The modern idea of Japanese, ascetic mountain hermits traversing holy mountains, valleys, and forests in search of enlightenment comes directly from the Shugendo practices of Mount Haguro. Today, many pilgrims try to emulate these wandering wisemen, known as yamabushi, by climbing Mount Haguro, praying at its temple, and contemplating life and existence at the priests’ lodgings. The mountain peak and temple can also be reached by bus.

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  • THE SOMARO TEA HOUSE

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    THE SOMARO TEA HOUSE

    Located not far from northern Shonai in Sakata, the Somaro is a traditional tea house dating back more than 200 years. It was originally called Soma-ya, and back in the day it was known not only for its food and refreshments, but also for its dancing geisha and maiko (geisha apprentices.) Unfortunately, today, the geisha no longer appear in Somaro. But the maiko do. In fact, the Sakata Maiko hold daily dance performances for the tea house guests, but only after undergoing six months of rigorous training in the traditional Japanese arts, guaranteeing that their presentations are not only entertaining but also as authentic as possible. Please note that the private, lunch-time performances of the maiko must be reserved at least three business days in advance. The 2pm performance, on the other hand, requires no reservation, but admittance to it costs ¥300, as does the entrance to the tea house itself. The prices are ¥700 for adults, ¥500 for high school and middle school students, ¥300 for elementary school students, free for children under three.

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TOUR DETAIL

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MOUNT YUDONO SPIRITUAL REVIVAL JOURNEY

Mount Yudono Pilgrimage Experience

※Tour code:M2023B

Departure :

2018/9/1 (Sat) , 9/15 (Sat) , 9/22 (Sat) , 10/13 (Sat) , 10/20 (Sat)

TRAVEL ITINERARY

DAY TIME ITINERARY PICK UP
DAY1 15:55 Leave Haneda for Shonai on ANA397.
16:55

Arrive at Shonai Airport.

Meet your tour guide at the airport.

18:30-19:00

Leave for Mt. Yudono by coach.
Arrive at lodging facility in a temple on Mt. Yudono (end of the guided tour).
After arrival, enjoy Buddhist-style dishes featuring mountain food at the lodging facilities.

* On good weather evenings, you will be able to appreciate the stars twinkling in the clear sky.
* You will stay in a Japanese room assigned by group or gender. (Please note, there are only shared baths and lavatories in the common space, with no such facilities in private rooms.)
* There are public baths separated by gender.

Mt.Yudono

Accommodation
DAY2 9:00

Join the Onikkusai (a morning Shinto ritual to make offerings) before breakfast from 7:00 to 7:30.
After breakfast, change into a special white robe and experience how ascetics engage in training for rebirth in Mt. Yudono (approx. 6 hours):

- Ozawa-gake (walking through cold rivers).
- Misogi (training for ritual purification by washing the entire body) under a waterfall.
- Visit the main Mt. Yudono Shrine.
- Set meal lunch (one main dish and one soup).
- Fire festival prayer (Gomagyo).
* You will be guided by an English-speaking Yamabushi.
* Note for the ascetic experience: Ozawa-gake and Misogi may be cancelled due to weather conditions or the shrine's calendar.

Gomagyo

15:00-15:30

After experiencing the rebirth training, change into your normal clothing and move to Yunohama Hot Spring by car (accompanied only by the tour guide).

Accommodation
DAY3 9:10-9:15

Visit Kamo Aquarium (the only aquarium in Japan specializing in jellyfish).

10:30-10:35

Shop at Shonai Sightseeing and Local Products Center (the No. 4 souvenir shop in Japan as recommended by professionals).

12:50

Leave Shonai for Haneda on ANA398.

13:55

Arrive at Haneda Airport.

Thank you for choosing ANA

DAY1

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  • 15:55

    Leave Haneda for Shonai on ANA397.

  • 16:55

    Arrive at Shonai Airport.

    Meet your tour guide at the airport.

  • 18:30-19:00

    Leave for Mt. Yudono by coach.
    Arrive at lodging facility in a temple on Mt. Yudono (end of the guided tour).
    After arrival, enjoy Buddhist-style dishes featuring mountain food at the lodging facilities.

    * On good weather evenings, you will be able to appreciate the stars twinkling in the clear sky.
    * You will stay in a Japanese room assigned by group or gender. (Please note, there are only shared baths and lavatories in the common space, with no such facilities in private rooms.)
    * There are public baths separated by gender.

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  • Mt.Yudono

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DAY2

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  • 9:00

    Join the Onikkusai (a morning Shinto ritual to make offerings) before breakfast from 7:00 to 7:30.
    After breakfast, change into a special white robe and experience how ascetics engage in training for rebirth in Mt. Yudono (approx. 6 hours):

    - Ozawa-gake (walking through cold rivers).
    - Misogi (training for ritual purification by washing the entire body) under a waterfall.
    - Visit the main Mt. Yudono Shrine.
    - Set meal lunch (one main dish and one soup).
    - Fire festival prayer (Gomagyo).
    * You will be guided by an English-speaking Yamabushi.
    * Note for the ascetic experience: Ozawa-gake and Misogi may be cancelled due to weather conditions or the shrine's calendar.

  • 15:00-15:30

    After experiencing the rebirth training, change into your normal clothing and move to Yunohama Hot Spring by car (accompanied only by the tour guide).

  • Accommodation
  • Gomagyo

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DAY3

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  • 9:10-9:15

    Visit Kamo Aquarium (the only aquarium in Japan specializing in jellyfish).

  • 10:30-10:35

    Shop at Shonai Sightseeing and Local Products Center (the No. 4 souvenir shop in Japan as recommended by professionals).

  • 12:50

    Leave Shonai for Haneda on ANA398.

  • 13:55

    Arrive at Haneda Airport.

    Thank you for choosing ANA

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TOUR PRICE

(1) Tour price includes the following:
* Discount airfare for package tour (return trip Haneda-Shonai). Participants may not take flights that are not stipulated on the itinerary.
* Haneda Airport Passenger Service Facilities Charge (PSFC).
* Accommodation (2 night stay, including 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners, taxes and service fees).
* Lunch on Day 2 and Dinner on Day 1 and 2 as stipulated in the itinerary. Lunch on Day 2 is a light meal of “one-soup and one-dish”. There will be no lunch service on Day 3.
* Consolidated vehicles as stipulated in the itinerary.
* Entrance fees as stipulated in the itinerary.
* A local tour guide and an interpreter.
* Rental cost of white gown (shiro-shozoku) and help dressing at Mt. Yudono.
* Admission fee for Kamo Aquarium.

Note: Any extraneous expenses (entrance fees, food and beverage, travel, etc.) not listed are to be covered by the participant.

Tour code : M2023B

  • Departure Date:

    9/1(Sat)

    10/13(Sat)
    10/20(Sat)

    9/15(Sat)
    9/22(Sat)

    Per Person

    (4 persons share 1 room)

    106,600 JPY

    113,800 JPY

    121,500 JPY

    Per Person

    (3 persons share 1 room)

    107,600 JPY

    114,800 JPY

    122,500 JPY

    Per Person

    (2 persons share 1 room)

    109,700 JPY

    116,900 JPY

    124,600 JPY

  • Accommodation:

    Please note that the hotel may be changed to one of equal or superior rank.

    1st night / Yudonosan Sanroujyo

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    7, Toge, Haguromachitouge, Tsuruoka city,
    Yamagata, 997-0211

    2nd night / Kameya

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    1-5-50 Yunohama, Tsuruoka city, Yamagata, 997-1201

    Tel: +81-235-75-2301

  • Departure Date :
    9/1(Sat)

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    Per Person(4 persons share 1 room)

    106,600 JPY

    Per Person(3 persons share 1 room)

    107,600 JPY

    Per Person(2 persons share 1 room)

    109,700 JPY

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  • Departure Date :
    10/13(Sat) , 10/20(Sat)

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    Per Person(4 persons share 1 room)

    113,800 JPY

    Per Person(3 persons share 1 room)

    113,800 JPY

    Per Person(2 persons share 1 room)

    116,900 JPY

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  • Departure Date :
    9/15(Sat) , 9/22(Sat)

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    Per Person(4 persons share 1 room)

    121,500 JPY

    Per Person(3 persons share 1 room)

    122,500 JPY

    Per Person(2 persons share 1 room)

    124,600 JPY

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(2) Additional notes regarding (1) :

* Tour prices listed above are per person, in Japanese Yen.
* Private guest rooms are not available.
* The minimum number of participants is 6 persons.
* Since this tour include activities such as Ozawa-gake (walking through cold rivers), Misogi (training for ritual purification by washing the entire body under a waterfall) at Mt. Yudono, we only accept participants aged 12 and above.

SATISFY YOUR SPIRIT AND YOUR STOMACH LIKE NEVER BEFORE

Maiko Dance Performance and Traditional Cultural Experience at Somaro

※Tour code:M2023A

Departure :

2018/9/2 (Sun) , 9/9 (Sun) , 9/30 (Sun) , 10/14 (Sun) , 10/21 (Sun) , 10/28 (Sun)

TRAVEL ITINERARY

DAY TIME ITINERARY PICK UP
DAY1 11:10 Leave Haneda for Shonai on ANA395.
12:10-12:30

Arrive at Shonai Airport and meet an interpreter and a tour guide. Then, leave for Sakata by coach.

12:50-13:10

Taste the special Chirashi-zushi prepared with fresh seasonal fish from Shonai at Daruma-Zushi, an old sushi restaurant founded 80 years ago.

13:50-14:10

Appreciate the Maiko dance, a heritage of Kyoto culture conveyed by merchant ships that sailed the Sea of Japan during the Edo period, and experience traditional cultural activities. You also have a chance to walk around the old town.

Somaro

18:00-18:20

For dinner, enjoy sukiyaki prepared with local Wagyu beef at Nakajima Butcher Shop.

Maiko

Accommodation
DAY2 10:00-10:20

“Travel of rebirth” tour: Walk through the avenue of cedars on Mt. Haguro while wearing a white robe.

This is a sacred place of Shugen-do featured in the Michelin Green Guide Japan.
Dress in a special white robe, ascend 2,446 stone steps along the avenue of cedars and enjoy walking until reaching the Saikan (purification hall for priests) located on the summit.
On the way, you will stop at places such as the Waterfall of Suga, a five-storied pagoda classified as a national treasure, Ninosaka Teahouse, and the Sanshingassanden Shrine.

Haguro Shugendo

Yamabushi

12:30-12:50

At the Saikan, enjoy tasting the traditional Shojin-ryori (Buddhist-style vegetarian dishes) of the Yamabushi (mountain ascetic hermits).

14:30-14:50

Visit Kamo Aquarium (“Jellyfish Dream Building”). Enjoy the fantastic environment at the world's largest jellyfish aquarium.

16:00

At dinner, appreciate the fireside-cooked Japanese-style barbecue prepared with fresh seafood from Shonai.

Accommodation
DAY3 11:00-11:10

A cooking workshop with local materials will be held at Kurayashiki LUNA.
Learn and experience with lecturers who are specialists in the food culture of Tsuruoka, certified by UNESCO as a creative city for its gastronomic culture.
Enjoy lunch while learning about the seafood, mountain food and local vegetables of Shonai.

Local Vegetables

14:30-14:40

Shop at Shonai Sightseeing and Local Products Center (the No. 4 souvenir shop in Japan as recommended by professionals).

17:50

Leave Shonai for Haneda on ANA400.

18:55

Arrive at Haneda Airport.

Thank you for choosing ANA

DAY1

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  • 11:10

    Leave Haneda for Shonai on ANA395.

  • 12:10-12:30

    Arrive at Shonai Airport and meet an interpreter and a tour guide. Then, leave for Sakata by coach.

  • 12:50-13:10

    Taste the special Chirashi-zushi prepared with fresh seasonal fish from Shonai at Daruma-Zushi, an old sushi restaurant founded 80 years ago.

  • 13:50-14:10

    Appreciate the Maiko dance, a heritage of Kyoto culture conveyed by merchant ships that sailed the Sea of Japan during the Edo period, and experience traditional cultural activities. You also have a chance to walk around the old town.

  • 18:00-18:20

    For dinner, enjoy sukiyaki prepared with local Wagyu beef at Nakajima Butcher Shop.

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  • Somaro

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DAY2

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  • 10:00-10:20

    “Travel of rebirth” tour: Walk through the avenue of cedars on Mt. Haguro while wearing a white robe.

    This is a sacred place of Shugen-do featured in the Michelin Green Guide Japan.
    Dress in a special white robe, ascend 2,446 stone steps along the avenue of cedars and enjoy walking until reaching the Saikan (purification hall for priests) located on the summit.
    On the way, you will stop at places such as the Waterfall of Suga, a five-storied pagoda classified as a national treasure, Ninosaka Teahouse, and the Sanshingassanden Shrine.

  • 12:30-12:50

    At the Saikan, enjoy tasting the traditional Shojin-ryori (Buddhist-style vegetarian dishes) of the Yamabushi (mountain ascetic hermits).

  • 14:30-14:50

    Visit Kamo Aquarium (“Jellyfish Dream Building”). Enjoy the fantastic environment at the world's largest jellyfish aquarium.

  • 116:00

    At dinner, appreciate the fireside-cooked Japanese-style barbecue prepared with fresh seafood from Shonai.

  • Accommodation
  • Haguro Shugendo

    Yamabushi

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DAY3

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  • 11:00-11:10

    A cooking workshop with local materials will be held at Kurayashiki LUNA.
    Learn and experience with lecturers who are specialists in the food culture of Tsuruoka, certified by UNESCO as a creative city for its gastronomic culture.
    Enjoy lunch while learning about the seafood, mountain food and local vegetables of Shonai.

  • 14:30-14:40

    Shop at Shonai Sightseeing and Local Products Center (the No. 4 souvenir shop in Japan as recommended by professionals).

  • 17:50

    Leave Shonai for Haneda on ANA400.

  • 18:55

    Arrive at Haneda Airport.

    Thank you for choosing ANA

  • Local Vegetables

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TOUR PRICE

(1) Tour price includes the following:
* Discount airfare for package tour (return trip Haneda-Shonai). Participants may not take flights that are not stipulated on the itinerary.
* Haneda Airport Passenger Service Facilities Charge (PSFC).
* Accommodation (2 night stay, including 2 breakfasts, taxes and service fees).
* Lunch on Day 1, 2 and 3. Dinner on Day 1 and 2 as stipulated in the itinerary.
* Consolidated vehicles as stipulated in the itinerary.
* Entrance fees as stipulated in the itinerary.
* A local tour guide and an interpreter.
* Rental cost of white gown (shiro-shozoku) and help dressing at Mt. Haguro.
* Admission fee for Kamo Aquarium.
* Maiko dance appreciation fee at Somaro.

Note: Any extraneous expenses (entrance fees, food and beverage, travel, etc.) not listed above are to be covered by the participant.

Tour code : M2023A

  • Departure Date:

    9/2 (Sun)
    9/9 (Sun)

    9/30 (Sun)

    10/14 (Sun)
    10/21 (Sun)
    10/28 (Sun)

    Per Person

    (2 Persons Share 1 Room)

    129,200 JPY

    132,800 JPY

    137,500 JPY

    Per Person

    (Per Person 1 Room)

    136,300 JPY

    139,900 JPY

    144,600 JPY

  • Accommodation:

    Please note that the hotel may be changed to one of equal or superior rank.

    1st night / Hotel Rich & Garden Sakata

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    1-1-1 Wakatake-cho, Sakata city, Yamagata 998-0834

    Tel: +81-234-26-1111

    2-22-8 Yunohama , Tsuruoka city, Yamagata 997-1201

    Tel: +81-235-75-2226

  • Departure Date :
    9/2 (Sun), 9/9 (Sun)

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    Per Person(2 Persons Share 1 Room)

    129,200 JPY

    Per Person(Per Person 1 Room)

    136,300 JPY

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  • Departure Date :
    9/30 (Sun)

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    Per Person(2 Persons Share 1 Room)

    132,800 JPY

    Per Person(Per Person 1 Room)

    139,900 JPY

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  • Departure Date :
    10/14 (Sun), 10/21 (Sun),
    10/28 (Sun)

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    Per Person(2 Persons Share 1 Room)

    137,500 JPY

    Per Person(Per Person 1 Room)

    144,600 JPY

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  • Accommodation:

    Please note that the hotel may be changed to one of equal or superior rank.

    1st night / Hotel Rich & Garden Sakata

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    1-1-1 Wakatake-cho, Sakata city, Yamagata 998-0834

    Tel: +81-234-26-1111

    2-22-8 Yunohama , Tsuruoka city, Yamagata 997-1201

    Tel: +81-235-75-2226

(2) Additional notes regarding (1) :

* Tour prices listed above are per person, in Japanese Yen.
* The minimum number of participants for operation is 6 persons.
* Since this tour includes ascending 2,446 stone steps, we only accept participants aged 12 or above.
* The tour may not operate if the minimum number of participants is not reached.
* Decision of operation will be announced to participants by email by 22 working days before the departure date.

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