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Two days Exploration of the Dewa Three Mountain shrine from Tokyo

by Yuki
(178) Reviews
2 days $ 364 Price up to 5 people


  • The five story pagoda in a forest (National treasure and Michelin ★★)
  • The main shrine and other small sanctuaries
  • Walking down the long steep steps (Michelin ★★★)
  • Experience a Shinto style morning ceremony

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364.00 USD

Price up to 5 people
FREE cancelation 30 days prior

Extras (optional)

Extra person ( Additional charge is required from the 6th person inclu....
$ 45.50


This tour explores the Dewa Three Mountain Shrine in Yamagata prefecture.
The shrine has a very big five story pagoda which is recognized as national treasure and obtained Michelin two stars. Walking the long steep steps in the forest recognized as Michelin three stars is something different from other places in Japan.

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 (https://triplelights.com/guide/post/1845)

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  • The five story pagoda in a forest (National treasure and Michelin ★★)
  • The main shrine and other small sanctuaries
  • Walking down the long steep steps (Michelin ★★★)
  • Experience a Shinto style morning ceremony


This tour is only available from May to November due to luck of lodging, and it will be more comfortable from June to October

Please ask me the availability of this tour before you book it.
The wholesale area of Tsukiji will move to Toyosu on October 11th, 2018 but its outer market will stay at Tsukiji where we can enjoy good sushi and delicious Japanese foods.
I have a one day tour to Kyoto from Tokyo, but you have to pay the cost of about 30,000 JPY per person for the transportation of you and me.

The tour will be available for 7 months from May to November due to luck of lodging 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 tatami floor in a same wide room.
This tour will starts from Tokyo.

What‘s included
Guide fee, hotel pick-up
What‘s not included
transportation cost ( you and guide)
lunch ( you and guide)
lodging cost ( you and guide)
Depart From
Yamagata , Tokyo
Meeting Point
At your hotel in Tokyo
Ending Point
At your hotel in Tokyo
2 days
Starting time
09:30 AM
Number of people
up to 5 people   Flexible

Frequently Asked Questions

How much is the transportation cost ?

It is about 28,000 JPY per person 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 8,000 JPY per person, 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.

How is the itinerary of the tour ?

the following is a typical iterniary
First day
9:30 Pick up at your hotel
10:16 Shinkansen at Tokyo for Niigata
12:33 Local train at Niigata for Tsuruoka
14:32 Bus to the shrine entrance
15:30 Check in the shrine lodge
16:00- 17:00 Tour to the 5 story pagoda
18:00-20:00 Hot bath and Dinner (Shojin )
20:00-23:00 free
Second day
6:30 Morning ceremony ( optional )
7:00-8:00 Breakfast
8:30 Bus to the main shrine
9:00-12:00 Tour of the main shrine and walking down to the entrance of the shrine
12:10 Bus for Tsuruoka
12:45 Lunch and Shopping at Tsuruoka
14:46 Local train at tsuruoka for Niigata
16:49 Shinkansen at Niigata for Tokyo
19:00 Arrive at Tokyo
19:30 return to your hotel

Can I make changes after I book?

Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email

Starting and ending points of the tour.

After you secure your booking, the starting and ending points of your tour can be customized to your convenience (ex.: your hotel, nearby stations, etc.). Don't worry, we will take care of you! Some tours may have an extra fee for this service, make sure to check the tour page.

What happens after I book a tour?

After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.

Is the price per person or per group?

The price is charged per group. Which means that you make a one-time payment for your entire group and the price will not change if it is less or more people.

Can I add more people to my booking?

Some guides accept extra people (more than the specified number) for an extra charge. Please check for the extras on the tour or booking page, or contact your guide directly to clarify.

Will there be other tourists in my tour?

No. Your tour is private, only for you and your family or friends, there will be no other group of tourists together in your tour.

Can the guide pickup me at the airport?

Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.

I'm travelling alone. Can I book this tour?

Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.

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Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel in the first 14 day(s) before the meeting date ,there is a 100% charge.
  • If you cancel between 15 and 29 day(s) in advance of the meeting date ,there is a 50% charge.
  • If you cancel at least 30 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
Reviews ( 178 )
Susan Susan Australia ( Family with kids )
1 week ago

“ Day in Tokyo ”

Our family enjoyed a Wonderful action packed day touring Tokyo with Yuki. Many many highlights!!! Yuki is an excellent guide - I Highly recommend!! Susan M


Dear Susan, Thank you for writing a review so soon! It was a busy day, but I am glad to know you have enjoyed it. See you tomorrow. Yuki

Robelyn Robelyn United States ( Family )
1 week ago

“ Yuki is Amazing! ”

Hello Everyone! If you are doing a day tour, Yuki is the best and highly recommended! He gives you historical background of every place we went to and took us shopping to the cheapest places! We will get him again when we come back to Japan for a visit! Thanks Yuki!


Dear Robelyn, Thank you for writing a review of my tour of Tokyo. I was very happy when your family listens to my explanation of each site and gave me questions about our country and people. My tour is very flexible to reflect the interests of the guest so I changed my route to take you to my favorite ramen shop and added Ameyoko discount streets where you bought so many Japanese sweets. I hope your family has enjoyed traveling Japan. Best regards, Yuki

Miho Miho United States ( Family with kids )
2 weeks ago

“ Wonderful Day in Kyoto ”

My 11 year old son and I began our trip in Tokyo with Yuki-san. We started the day taking the shinkansen out of Shinagawa Station and taking the local train once in Kyoto to the Fushimi Shrine. We did the Miyabi Tour. We followed the course and had lunch at a delicious tonkatsu restaurant that Yuki-san found for us because of my picky 11 year old eater. The most memorable site for us was the Kinkaku Temple late afternoon. The sunset hit the temple just right and it shone in its beautiful gold color. We were back in Tokyo by 8 p.m. Originally, I thought the 12 hour trip would be too much for my son. Not at all. Time flew by and we were not tired, one bit. My son said, "I want to take another tour with Yuki-san when we come back to Japan". I agree, I highly recommend h... read more


Dear Miho, Thank you very much for writing such a specific review of my tour. It was my pleasure to guide you and your son to Kyoto when it is not so crowded. The day was very fine and mild in the last week of December but it snowed on the next day. Sorry for the walk to find the Tonkatsu restaurant, its entrance was very different from what I expected. I will look for your visit of Japan again. Yuki

Neal Neal United States ( Family )
Very Good
4 weeks ago

“ Toyko day tour ”

Great guide who did all he could to show us this beautiful city under less than optimal conditions. He was keenly aware of how tired we were after traveling the day before from the US.


Dear Neal, Thank you for writing a review of my tour. I am very happy to know you enjoyed my tour. I was glad that your wife could eat Udon without soup. Best regards, Yuki

Lalaine Lalaine United States ( Family with kids )
4 weeks ago

“ Day Tour of Tokyo ”

Thank you for the last minute changes you made to our itinerary in order to ensure our 3 yr old enjoyed the tour as much we did! The photos from all of our stops are beautiful. We had a wonderful time and we really appreciate your help in getting around town stress free. Lunch was also delicious- thank you for the recommendation!


Dear Lalaine, Thank you for the review. I was very glad to see your daughter became happy at the toy street near Tokyo station. I want everyone to be happy during my tour and enjoy good foods to make good memories of Japan. Best regards, Yuki

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