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Mt. Haguro Hike

Mt. Haguro is a sacred site for mystic Buddhism called "Shugen-do". The mountain already attracted attention 1400 years ago and the front approach is lined with tall and beautiful aromatic cedar trees. The forest path continues for 1.7 km with 2446 stone stairs. These 300-500 years-old cedars were given three stars in the Michelin Green Guide Japan. You will be able to see the famed (>600 years old) five-story pagoda (national treasure) and visit a Shinto shrine (national important cultural property) on the mountain top worshipping three mountain gods.

羽黒山の開山は約1400年前とされ、古くから山岳修験の霊場として知られている。全長1.7km、2446の石段の参道の両側には、ミシュランガイド・ジャポン三ツ星にも認定されいる樹齢300~500年の見事なスギ並木が続く。参道の途中には東北最古の塔と言われる国宝五重塔がある。山頂には月山、羽黒山、湯殿山の三神を祀る国の重要文化財、三神合祭殿がある

Price: ¥3500 (including tax and service)
Reservation required. Max 40 participants, minimum 20 participants
Schedule 24
th
 June
16:30 Departure from JR Tsuruoka Station
17:00 Arrival at Haguro Mountain Gate
17:10 Haguro 5-story Pagoda

hiking route
bus route
17:20 Old cedar forest 17:40 Haguro Mountain Gate

18:00 Dewa Shinto Shrine
18:40 Departure from Shinto Shrine
19:10 Tsuruoka City center (you may get off here)
19:20 Washington Hotel
19:25 Dai-ichi Hotel

 

Mt. Haguro Hike with Maigre Dinner  (sold out)

The maigre dinner, or "Shojin ryori" in Japanese, was born from an amalgamation of original Shojin food from traditional temples, the spirit and self-supporting lifestyle of moutain priests, and the brilliant Kyoto culture transmitted by cargo ships to the Shonai area. The ingredients include several types of wild vegetables and bamboo shoots. It is a delicacy and represents understated and healthy food whose preparation is full of ancient wisdom. You will be able to enjoy this dinner inside a historic monastic lodging.

出羽三山の精進料理は、寺院で発達した精進料理と、修験道の山伏の自給自足の食生活に、北前船によって運ばれた京の文化も融合して生まれた。出羽三山山麓で採れる旬の山菜や筍を素材に、羽黒独特のしきたりを守り続けた絶妙な味わいは究極のヘルシー食と絶賛される。山の恵みの採集や下ごしらえ、保存、調理には先人の知恵が詰まっている。今回は宿坊で精進料理を味わいます。

Price: ¥9500 (including tax and service)

Reservation required. Max 40 participants, minimum 20 participants
Schedule 24
th
 June
16:30-18:40 Same as the above hiking course
18:40 Departure from Shinto Shrine
19:00 Monastic lodge
19:10 Maigre dinner
21:00 Departure for Tsuruoka
21:30 Washington Hotel
21:35 Dai-ichi Hotel

 

Kamo Aquarium

This aquarium is listed in the Guinness Book of Records (2012) for featuring the largest number of jellyfish species. It was fully refurbished this year and the exhibition space is now four times larger (3000 square meters) with 1600 square meters of entertainment zone.

世界一のクラゲ水族館(2012年4月クラゲ展示種類数でギネス認定)。6月1日にリニューアルオープン予定。クラゲ展示室「クラネタリウム」は旧水族館の4倍3000平方メートルとなる予定。他にショーゾーンも1600平方メートル設け、合計4600平方メートルとなる。 ゆらゆらと泳ぐクラゲがあなたのこころを癒します。

Price: ¥4000 (including tax and service)

Reservation required. Max 80 participants, minimum 30 participants
Schedule 24
th
 June
16:30 Departure from JR Tsuruoka Station
16:50 Arrival at Kamo Aquarium
17:00 Greetings from the Director
17:10 Aquarium visit
18:30 Departure
19:00 Tsuruoka City center (you may get off here)
19:10 Washington Hotel
19:15 Dai-ichi Hotel

 

Hot Spring & Full Dinner

You can enjoy the open-air hot spring bath and beautiful sunset at two renowned hotels: Bankoku-ya (萬国屋) and Manko-en (満光園). After the bath, a full course Japanese-style dinner will be served and you can wear a "Yukata" (a traditional kimono-like light garment). Drinks at the dinner are unlimited. Especially for those who will stay at one of these hotels, the tour is a quintessential Japanese experience not to be missed.

Bankoku-ya (not available)

Atsumi hot spring ("onsen") is located on the Atsumi river, near the Japan Sea coast. The hot spring has been known for over 1000 years. The Bankoku-ya Inn is over 300 years old and is renowned for its hospitality. The building is designed like a tea-ceremony style facility and surrounded by Japanese cherry trees.

温海岳の麓、温海川の渓流に沿う湯の町、あつみ温泉は弘法大師が発見したという逸話もあり、千年を超える歴史がある。萬国屋は、創業三百余年の老舗旅館で東北を代表する旅館の一つ、そのおもてなしには定評がある。温海川沿にあり、桜並木に囲まれた数奇屋造り。

Price: ¥13000 (including tax and service)

Reservation required. Max 30 participants, minimum 10 participants
Schedule 24
th
 June
16:30 Departure from JR Tsuruoka Station
17:00 Hot spring bath
18:00 Dinner
20:30 Departure for Tsuruoka
21:00 Washington Hotel
21:05 Dai-ichi Hotel

Manko-en

Yunohama hot spring ("onsen") is facing the Japan sea and is celebrated as one of the 100 best sunset-viewing locations in Japan. The dinner at Manko-en is arranged as a fireside BBQ style.

囲炉裏料理と餅つき朝食の宿。四季折々の日本海の海の幸や出羽丘陵の山の幸を「炭火焼炉端」で楽しめる宿。日本の夕陽100選にも選ばれている湯野浜の夕陽。高台にある旅館からは水平線に沈む夕日を心置きなく楽しむことができる。

Price: ¥8700 (including tax and service)

Reservation required. Max 30 participants, minimum 10 participants
Schedule 24
th
 June
16:30 Departure from JR Tsuruoka Station
17:00 Hot spring bath
18:00 Dinner
20:30 Departure for Tsuruoka
21:00 Washington Hotel
21:05 Dai-ichi Hotel

 

Restaurant Dinners

Al che cciano  (not available)

This renowned Italian restaurant offers many local delicacies. The managing chef, Masayuki Okuda, once directed the "Japan Night 2012" at World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Every morning, the kitchen is filled with fresh ingredients gathered from all over the Shonai region. Okuda and his staff members turn these fresh ingredients into marvellous creations.

庄内の豊かな食材を使ったイタリアンの店。オーナーシェフの奥田政行さんは日本で一番人気の高い地方レストランシェフの一人。スイスダボス会議でにて「Japan Night2012」の料理責任監を務めた。アル・ケッチァーノの厨房には毎朝庄内のあらゆる場所から、海から川から山から畑から、優れた食材が集まる。その食材の持ち味を最大限に引き立てる料理を作ることが、お客様にも生産者にも喜んでいただけるという思いが、オーナーシェフ奥田とそアル・ケッチァーノスタッフ全員の力になっている。

Price: ¥10000 (including drinks, tax and service)

Reservation required. Max 30 participants, minimum 20 participants
Schedule 26
th
 June (changed from 24th)
19:00 JR Tsuruoka Station

Beniya

This Japanese restaurant is located on the historic riverside of central Tsuruoka. All dishes are artistically arranged and feature seasonal Shonai specialties. Yonezawa beef (a local, Yamagata prefecture product) is a particular speciality of this restaurant and its quality is famed throughout Japan.

城下町「鶴岡」の中心部を流れる内川沿いに佇む「日本料理 紅屋」。四季折々の庄内の旬の素材を料理人の手で最上の一品に仕上げてくれるお店。山形牛も心ゆくまで味わえます

Price: ¥10000 (including drinks, tax and service)

Reservation required. Max 60 participants, minimum 30 participants
Schedule 23
rd
, 24
th
 June
19:00 JR Tsuruoka Station

Happo sushi

A wonderful sushi restaurant, where you can enjoy the best fatty tuna ("toro"). Prawns, blackthroat seaperch, and other local fish are also a recommendation. No more words are needed.

ネタの良さが評判の地元鶴岡のお寿司屋さん。特にマグロには定評があるが、地元の甘海老やノドグロなど旬の味も絶品

 

Price: ¥8000 (including drinks, tax and service)

Reservation required. Max 30 participants, minimum 20 participants
Schedule 24th June 
19:00 JR Tsuruoka Station

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