Shinji Kashima

Shinji Kashima

Born in Sakai, Osaka Prefecture, after graduating from high school, he became a jazz musician. He went to America at the age of 25 and set himself up in New York where he started guiding work. After returning to Japan, he settled in Yamagata Prefecture where he met his wife. His professional motivation is the happiness of those around him. He cherishes the unique interactions with others through his work, and enjoys absorbing different values and ways of thinking. He describes himself as easy-going and enjoys hiking and hunting in his free time. Message to participants of The Hidden Path of Zen at Yamadera: “While my main focus is to provide fun guiding, I cherish every encounter with individual visitors. We will share the experience of the tour for a short time, but we will always have the fun memories!”

Shinji Kashima


Mountain and meditation guide

Our Guides

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 …

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 …

Our Experiences

The Hidden Path of Zen at Yamadera 

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

Yamabushido Programs 



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.