OUR LOCAL GUIDES

MT. HAGURO

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 …

ZENPOJI TEMPLE

Yuichi Otomo 

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

Ryuhei Abe 

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

Ryuko Ueno 

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

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 …

KYUDO JAPANESE ARCHERY

Yoshihiro Akino 

A native of Tsuruoka City in Yamagata Prefecture, Mr. Akino started archery when he joined the Kyudo club at h …

DEWAYA RYOKAN

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 …

Foraging for mushrooms and mountain vegetables on Mt. Gassan with Dewaya in Nishikawa

Yasuo Shibuya 

Born and raised at the foot of Mount Gassan, here in Nishikawa Town, Yasuo Shibuya is truly a master of the mo …

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 …

KUROKAWA

Kaoru Akiyama 

Born and raised in Kurokawa Village, in the hinterland of Tsuruoka City, Yamagata Prefecture, in 2005, she mar …

Yoshibu Ueno 

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

YAMADERA

Shinji Kashima 

Born in Sakai, Osaka Prefecture, after graduating from high school, he became a jazz musician. He went to Amer …

Mai Goto 

Mai grew up around her family’s souvenir shop in Yamadera, in the mountains at the edge of Yamagata City, and …

OUR TEAM

Takeharu Kato of Megurun

Takeharu Kato 

Kanae Soma 

Tim Bunting 

Lisa Wynne 

Megurun Experiences

Yamabushi Guided Pilgrimage on Mt. Haguro of the Dewa Sanzan

Trek with Yamabushi: Mount Haguro 

Zen at Zenpoji 

Kurokawa Noh Village 

Trek with Yamabushi: Winter in 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.