Megurun

めぐるん

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OUR MISSION

Our mission is to share cultural programs of mind, spirit and body with citizens of the world, to equip them with what they need to be mindful, restored, and happy. In particular, we offer tools of Yamabushi culture to anyone who feels that it is a useful path of self-awareness and self-development.

OUR VALUES

Communication of our precious local culture. In particular, the ways in which our culture can benefit the world.

Maintenance of tradition through sharing local experiences. Our work supports and maintains local culture and businesses, for example pilgrim lodges and hotels, Shinto Shrines, Buddhist Temples, and local food culture including farmers. We donate either 10% of our profit, or 10% of sales, whichever is bigger, to the local community.

Promotion of peace. As the world becomes more global, tensions can arise. By sharing indigenous traditions with a global audience, we believe it creates a path to understanding and peace.


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Experience Megurun

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Yamabushi training on Mt. Kinbo near the Dewa Sanzan

YAMABUSHIDO PROGRAMS


Megurun is the team behind Yamabushido, ancient Japanese mountain training.

TREK WITH YAMABUSHI: MT HAGURO


Follow in the footsteps of millions of Japanese who have been coming to Mount Haguro to seek spiritual solace in nature guided by a certified Yamabushi (mountain monk).

Mt. Haguro Guided Pilgrimage
Mt. Haguro in winter

TREK WITH YAMABUSHI: WINTER ON MT HAGURO


Walking in the holy mountains with a Yamabushi guide has long been a way to seek purification and to feel restored. While most people come to Mount Haguro to seek spiritual solace in nature during the green seasons, this is a special opportunity to follow in the footsteps of pilgrims in the quiet and the snows of winter.

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MASTER ZEN AT ZENPOJI


Discover the mindful skills of Zen by joining the Zenpoji monks in their daily practices.

Yasuo Shibuya foraging for mushrooms on Mt. Gassan for Dewaya in Nishikawa

MOUNTAIN VEGETABLE FORAGING AT DEWAYA


Dewaya is a Ryokan, traditional Japanese Lodge, in Nishikawa on the inland Yamagata side of Mt. Gassan. The nearby forests of the mountains are covered in edible vegetables and mushrooms that are ripe for the picking. Join the team on one of their expeditions, and help prepare a feast for the ages complete with local sake.

KUROKAWA NOH VILLAGE


Gain new insights on life and discipline through this visit to a typical, remote, farming village, which has upheld an extraordinary Noh performance tradition for over 500 years.

Temple amongst autumn foliage on Yamadera near the Dewa Sanzan

ZEN IN YAMADERA


Discover secret training sites of Yamadera, and master the Zen state of mind.

OUR LOCAL GUIDES


Eiji Shinozaki from Zenpoji Temple in Tsuruoka

Eiji Shinozaki 

Born in Tokyo, Mr. Shinozaki had an isolated childhood, living as a hikikomori (shut-in), seeking meaning for …

Ryuhei Abe 

Mr. Abe was born into a temple family, but he did not want to become a monk. However, throughout his youth, he …

Yoshibu Ueno 

Born and raised in Kurokawa, a rural village in the hinterland of Tsuruoka City, Yamagata Prefecture, Mr. Ueno …

Yuichi Otomo 

Mr. Otomo was born in Misuzawa, Tsuruoka City, and as a child, dreamed of becoming a voice actor. He started h …

Haruki Sato of Dewaya in Nishikawa

Haruki Sato 

Haruki was born and raised in Dewaya Inn, in Nishikawa town, at the mountainous heart of Yamagata. He is the f …

Yumi Sato of Dewaya in Nishikawa

Yumi Sato 

Yumi was born and raised in the prefectural capital, Yamagata City, where she attended Yamagata University and …


GET TO KNOW

Our Team

Megurun teams up with local guides to provide the best possible experience for you.

Takeharu Kato

CEO

Tim Bunting

Project Leader

The Dewa Sanzan

Learn more about the Dewa Sanzan here

Mt. Gassan seen from Haguro
CONTACT

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Yabase, Tsuruoka, Yamagata, Japan

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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.