A happy and sustainable family and community.


Sustainability for the community means that over the long term the local economy, society, traditions, native culture, and natural environment, do not deteriorate and become more sustainable than in the current situation. 

We endeavour to create a happy and sustainable environment for the smallest possible organisation and our closest stakeholders; families. We expand this to incorporate partner organisations and all those who work together with us. By doing so, we believe this will lead to a happy and sustainable community that can become a model for other local communities in Japan.


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 1% 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.


Experience Megurun


Yamabushi training on Mt. Kinbo near the Dewa Sanzan


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


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


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.


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


Kazuhiro Hayasaka of Daishinbo Shukubo Pilgrim Lodge on Mt. Haguro

Kazuhiro Hayasaka 

Born and raised at the foot of Mount Haguro, Mr. Hayasaka is the 17th generation proprietor of Daishinbo Pilgrimage Lodge. After attending university in Tokyo, he moved to Sendai for work. At 29, he returned to Mount Haguro and became a Yamabushi, in order to carry on the family business. His hobbies are intertwined with the mountains, including hiking, skiing, and foraging for mountain vegetables. Until his father’s generation, Daishinbo was one of only two lodges which facilitated the Fuyunomine Winter Peak Ritual, one of the most intense ascetic traditions in these mountains.  Message to participants of the Trek with Yamabushi Experiences: “By wearing the white clothing of the Yamabushi …

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 his existence. After reading “Philosophy For Kids”, by Hitoshi Nagai, he acknowledged his uniqueness and his place in the universe. He went on to study philosophy in university, and later took a job in sales. He encountered zazen through his kyudo (Japanese archery) teacher, where he also met his future wife. His wife is of the family of the local Zen temple, Jizoin, and when his father-in-law fell ill, he started zazen training in earnest, to be able to fulfill the role of successor.  He came to Zenpoji for his training in March …

Yuichi Otomo 

Mr. Otomo was born in Misuzawa, Tsuruoka City, and as a child, dreamed of becoming a voice actor. He started his drama career in a theatre company, but the death of his grandparents caused him a change of heart. He returned home, deciding to become the successor to his family’s business, Touunji Temple. While also working as a care assistant and some other jobs, he trained to become a monk in Zenpoji. While at Zenpoji, he was assigned to the task of writing the amulets, and this started his career in calligraphy. He is keenly aware of the importance of not only the mental approach to his calligraphy work, but …

Ryuhei Abe 

Mr. Abe was born into a temple family, but he did not want to become a monk. However, throughout his youth, he felt frustrated with his situation and his inability to progress academically, and at 18 he began to practice zazen for self-development. He went to Eiheiji Temple in Fukui Prefecture to train, spending two and a half years there. While training, he worried about his future, and his master continually reminded him to “live in the now.” When the time came to leave Eiheiji, he walked the 500km back to Yamagata, taking 21 days, and coming around to a major shift in mindset and a new understanding of the …

Ryuko Ueno 

Born locally, Mr. Ueno is the youngest son in the family of monks of a Zen temple in Kobato, Tsuruoka City. After graduating from university, he worked for a time in Tokyo, as a designer in an automotive parts company. In his workplace, he encountered some misunderstanding with a colleague, and was browsing for some advice in a bookstore, when he found some words of Zen wisdom in a self-help book. These words prompted a gradual recognition of his relationship to his home temple, and when his older brother became ill and unable to be the successor at the family temple, Mr. Ueno felt the time had come to return …


Our Team

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

Takeharu Kato


Tim Bunting

Project Leader

The Dewa Sanzan

Learn more about the Dewa Sanzan here

Mt. Gassan seen from Haguro


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.