OUR GUIDES

Ryuko Ueno

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 home. He completed his training in Zenpoji in the spring of 2019.

Message to participants in the Zen at Zenpoji Experience:

“Designing is like Zen. It pursues simplicity and leaves out the excess, but design can only be realised by with the support of many people working together. It leads you to an appreciation for our ties to others; this is what I’d like to introduce you to during this experience.”

Favorite Book: Zuimonki by Dogen

Ryuko Ueno

Zenpoji Temple, Tsuruoka City

Junior Master of Zazen & Shojin Cuisine

Our Guides

Yoshihiro Akino 

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

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 …

Yoshibu Ueno 

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

Our Experiences

Kurokawa Noh Village 

Group Size Price Per Person Two ¥65,000 Three ¥45,000 Four ¥35,000 Five ¥28,000 Six or more ¥27,000

Yamabushi Guided Pilgrimage on Mt. Haguro of the Dewa Sanzan

Trek with Yamabushi: Mount Haguro 

Group Size Price Per Person Two ¥77,000 Three ¥57,000 Four ¥49,000 Five or more ¥45,000

Trek with Yamabushi: Winter in Haguro 

Group Size Price Per Person Two ¥77,000 Three ¥57,000 Four ¥49,000 Five or more ¥45,000

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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.