Coast-to-Coast Pilgrimage: Walk, Savor, and Connect
Matsushima, one of the three scenic spots of Japan
Embark on a journey of rebirth in Japan’s deep north.
Travelling from the Japan Sea to the Pacific Ocean, journey through untouched nature along three different pilgrimage routes, including the three holy mountains of Dewa and the Michinoku coastal trail.
Walk through the landscape, savor local tastes and connect with the people and culture of Tohoku.
- Day 1
Arrive in Yamagata
and spend the afternoon with a local farming family in Tsuruoka.
- Ryokan in Yunohama Onsen
- Day 2
Travel to Dewa Sanzan and climb the 2,446 steps to the peak of Mount Haguro.
Stay overnight at a pilgrim’s lodging and enjoy Buddhist shojin-ryori cuisine.
- Pilgrim lodge at Mt. Haguro
- Day 3
Hike up Mount Gassan and across the range to Mount Yudono, the second and third of the Dewa Sanzanpeaks.
- Day 4
Follow in the footsteps of Matsuo Basho and cross the Natagiri kogen mountain pass.
Relax in the hot spring waters of Naruko Onsen.
- Ryokan in
- Day 5
Head to the Pacific coast to visit local oyster farms before walking along the Michinoku coastal trail.
- Onsen Hotel in Kesennuma
- Day 6
- Reflect on your journey from coast-to-coast by participating in kiriko,
a traditional craft of making spiritual Shinto offerings.