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Two days Exploration of the Dewa Three Mountain shrine from Tokyo

by Yuki
(170) Reviews
2 days $ 356 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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356.00 USD

Price up to 5 people
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Extra person ( Additional charge is required from the 6th person inclu....
$ 44.50


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 ( 170 )
Katherin Katherin United States ( Family with kids )
12 minutes ago

“ Excellent and patient guide ”

Yuki did an excellent job showing up around Meiji shrine and Senso-Ji temple as well as taking us on a day trip to Hakone to view Mt.Fuji (includes many different forms of transportation). He was very helpful with helping us navigate the metro, trains, buses particularly with having a stroller and needing to use elevators at times. He was also very patient with our almost 5 year old who was holding Yuki’s hand by the end of the tour.

Carol Carol United States ( Family )
3 days ago

“ An insightful and energetic guide! ”

If you want to make the most of a short visit, I highly recommend hiring Yuki. This was my first trip to Tokyo and of course wanted to see everything, which is ridiculous. Yuki patiently fielded my many requests and crafted an itinerary that let me sample places I was most interested in. He kept us moving along on schedule, though I never felt pressured and enjoyed my time. He also took me on short detours that gave me a more local perspective. An intelligent and charming travel companion, Yuki sports a dapper homburg that is easy to spot in a crowd. I could never have accomplished this visit by myself. Thank you Yuki for an enjoyable introduction to this amazing metropolis!


Dear Carol, Thank you for writing a review of my tour. I am very glad that you have satisfied with the tour. It was a great challenge for me to cover so many places within a limited time. Please enjoy your cruising from Yokohama. Yuki

Mandy Mandy United States ( Friends )
1 week ago

“ A perfect Fall day trip n Kamakura ”

Yuki is a wonderful, warm, and very knowledgeable tour guide. He took us on a day trip to the historical coastal town of Kamakura which is a village dating back to Yoritomo’s shogunate government in 1192. Kamakura lies amid wooded hills filled with ancient Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines. Yuki took us to see the amazing Great Buddha, beautiful Hasedera Temple, and the Hokokuji Temple with an interesting serene bamboo garden. Along the way Akira told us history and stories of the temples and the Goddess of Mercy (Kannon). We also had a delicious lunch treat at a local restaurant with home cooked meal. We really enjoyed our lovely Fall weather day trip in Kamakura with Yuki. Thank you very much, Yuki!


Dear Mandy, Thank you for the detailed review of my tour including your understanding of Japanese history. I was very happy you enjoyed my story of each place. Sorry for the poor autumn colors in this year because of the salt deposit due to the windy typhoon which is very rare. Please give my best regards to your husband and friends. Yuki

Linda Linda United States ( Business )
1 week ago

“ Excellent, thoughtful guide. ”

Extremely thorough and well planned. We would highly recommend Yuki to anyone visiting Japan. Yuki made our first Tokyo and Yokohama experience so enjoyable, allowing us to navigate our desired locations without having to stress about the confusing train routes, signs, language issues, etc. He also found us popular-priced wonderful restaurants that we all enjoyed. He also helped us buy tickets for the high-speed rail line, making the purchase process much easier for us.


Dear Linda, Thank you for your nice review of my tour. It was a new experience for me to look around high end shopping malls. It is difficult to find a good restaurant in Harajuku area during week end. I was glad you liked the place. Please give my best regards to the others, too. Yuki

Grant Grant Australia ( Family )
2 weeks ago

“ A great a la carte day in Tokyo with Yuki ”

My family and I had a wonderful day with Yuki seeing the three main sights of Tokyo that we were keen to visit: Meiji Shrine, Imperial Palace East Garden and Senso-Ji Temple. Yuki kindly greeted us at our Disney Resort hotel and helped us with our tickets and train choices throughout the day, and ensured we finished the day on the correct train back to Maihama. Although we were a little slow due to sore feet and blisters from a few prior busy days at Disneyland and Sea, Yuki allowed for this and made sure he minimised the additional miles that can come with walking tours. He had a very calming demeanour and was really quite knowledgeable about the history of the places we visited, and our ramen lunch was excellent. Thanks again to Yuki, we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him for a grea... read more


Dear Grant, Thank you so much for writing such a generous review of my tour. I was very happy when you and your family listened to my explanation of the history and culture of our country. I hope those kinds of information make your trip to Kyoto and Nara more interesting. Please give my best regards to your family, too. Yuki

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