Mountain Foraging at Dewaya Inn

Surviving off the gifts of the mountain.


Experience Outline

At Dewaya, an inn specializing in local sansai (mountain vegetables) cuisine, find physical and spiritual nourishment from the mountain itself.


Experience Details

Sansai, meaning mountain vegetables, is an umbrella term covering a diversity of wild plants, leaves, and vegetables. Deep in the Dewa Sanzan area of Yamagata, in the remote village of Nishikawa, a traditional homestead called Dewaya maintains the skills and traditions of foraging, preserving, preparing, and dining based on these wild plants. Learn the wonder of the mountain, the treasure box, and you’ll see why the chefs call it their natural pantry.

Accompanied by an interpreter, this is a unique opportunity to join Haruki-san, the third generation master and chef of Dewaya inn, to encounter wild food and centuries-old culinary traditions, where farming meets foraging. Venture into mountain trails to forage for sansai, mushrooms, and beech nuts, visit a natural spring water source, and walk through the birch tree glade to spot green silkworm cocoons and seek wild berries.

Back in Dewaya, get a special look inside the pantry of this multi-generational homested, where preserved sansai of generations past are still used, including some which can no longer be found in the wild. Your gathered ingredients will be used in a personal cooking demonstration lunch, accompanied by local sake crafted from the mountain’s spring water.

Dewaya Mountain Cuisine

Duration

6-8 hours

Includes

Japanese to English interpretation, guided foraging trek, and personalized demonstration lunch.

Schedule

Available between May and September

Local Advice

You should wear sturdy shoes for approximately two hours of moderate trekking, and bring water, warm layers and rain gear. There is an option to take a traditional bath at the inn, where the natural mountain spring water is heated for their baths.

Minimum Participants

1 (groups up to 8 people can be accommodated)

Guides

Haruki Sato

Yumi Sato

Yasuo Shibuya

Language

English

Cancellations

The cancellation policy can be found here.

Health and Safety

Participants should be fit and able to walk without problems, to climb and descend moderate slopes and steps unaided. We recommend wearing sturdy trekking/walking shoes. If you do not bring rain gear, you may not be allowed to participate – we will go ahead with the program in light to moderate rain, and if you are not equipped you may endanger your health. Please note that in the case of very heavy rains or typhoon storms, this activity may be cancelled.

Meeting Spot

Getting Here

Meeting Spot

〒990-0701, Mutsuai, Nishikawa, Nishimurayama-gun, Yamagata 990-0701, Japan

Finishing Spot

〒990-0701, Mutsuai, Nishikawa, Nishimurayama-gun, Yamagata 990-0701, Japan

Prices

Group Size Price Per Person
Two ¥78,000
Three ¥64,000
Four ¥57,000
Five ¥53,000
Six ¥50,000
Seven ¥48,000
8 (maximum) ¥47,000

Other Megurun Experiences

Kurokawa Noh Village 

Kyudo Japanese Archery 

Yamabushi Guided Pilgrimage on Mt. Haguro of the Dewa Sanzan

Trek with Yamabushi: Mount Haguro 

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Megurun aims to support sustainable rural communities. To achieve these aims, we gained a travel agency license registered with the governor of Yamagata Prefecture: Region 282.