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Two days Exploration of the Dewa Three Mountain shrine from Tokyo

by Yuki
(209) 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 ( from the 6th person older than 12 ).
$ 72.80


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
10:00 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 ( 209 )
Ashley Ashley United States ( Friends )
13 hours ago

“ We loved our tour with Yuki! ”

We were a group of 4 girls traveling from the US and none of us had visited Japan before. Yuki spoke great English, helped us get our subway passes and JR pass and was a great tour guide for the day. He was also very flexible and took us to see a garden we had not originally planned. We enjoyed our day with Yuki and highly recommend him!


Dear Ashley, Thank you for taking my tour and write a nice review with the highest rating. I was very happy to guide such lovely girls with good manner. Best regards, Yuki

Douglas Douglas United States ( Couple )
1 day ago

“ Great day in Japan ”

Yuki was great to spend the day with He was very knowledgeable knew his way around very accommodating when we had to change places we wanted to see


Dear Douglas, Thank you for taking my tour of Tokyo. It was a pleasant day and we are very lucky to see weddings in Meiji-Jingu Shrine and Sanshasai Festival in Asakusa. Please enjoy your stay in Japan. Yuki

Lindsay Lindsay Australia ( Family )
5 days ago

“ Fabulous guide ”

Yuki is everything that I had hoped for in a guide. Punctual, polite, excellent English and more than happy to modify the tour to our needs. Our day with him was filled with great memories, excellent information, and very effective use of transport options. Yuki seems to be able to move as fast or as slow as you wish and is very attentive to the group. We enjoyed both the "Must See" Tokyo, and Lake Hakone tours, the latter using Shinkansen in both directions. Wow! what an experience. I can thoroughly recommend Yuki as a guide for all of the above reasons, plus great value for the investment.


Dear Lindsay, Thank you for taking my tours for two days and write such an elaborate review during your tour. I am very much impressed with your detailed planning when you made the previous booking with JR pass. It was very unfortunate that you couldn't see Mt Fuji but you seemed to enjoy what you have rather that what you don't have. I hope you can see Mt. Fuji during your stay. Please give my best regards to other members, too. Yuki

Paul Paul Canada ( Friends )
1 week ago

“ Yokohama Tour with a Table Tennis Lesson ”

Yuki was very professional,friendly and patient with use Senior Canadian with mobility problems. We did manage with his guidance to negotiate the Buses Subways and Trains in Beautiful Yokohama. He took us to traditionalist Japanese Restaurants for lunch and the Japanese Tea Ceremony which was delightful. Added bonus he was a table Tennis Player and did arrange for 2 of us with him have a game in a private Club. Thanks Yuki for a great time Time. Ping Pong, Paul Martin


Dear Paul, Thank you for taking my tours of Yokohama and Kamakura. It was a wonderful time for me to guide your group my favorite places, too, and the fist time to play table tennis with my guests. Best regards, Yuki

Cynthia Cynthia United States ( Couple )
Very Good
1 week ago

“ Great Day In Tokyo ”

Yuki responded immediately to all my communication. He was waiting at the pier for us. I chose the three recommended sites to see ahead of time. Yuki efficiently got us from site to site using public transportation. The other couple with us were able to use public transportation the next day with Yuki's suggestions. We were not as brave. Yuki used an ipad to help explain the places we visited. If you choose Yuki as your guide, you will be very pleased.


Dear Cynthia, Thank you for taking my tour and writing a review. We visited the most popular places in Tokyo during the Golden Week but it was not so crowded. Please give my best regards to other members, too. Yuki

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