Megurun

めぐるん

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OUR MISSION

A happy and sustainable family and community.

SUSTAINABILITY POLICY

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.

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 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.


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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.

MASTER ZEN AT ZENPOJI


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

OUR LOCAL GUIDES


Ryuko Ueno 

Born locally, Mr. Ueno is the youngest son in the family of monks of a Zen temple in Kobato, Tsuruoka City. Af …

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 Pilgr …

Yuichi Otomo 

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

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 …


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.