OUR GUIDES

Yoshihiro Akino

Yoshihiro Akino

A native of Tsuruoka City in Yamagata Prefecture, Mr. Akino started archery when he joined the Kyudo club at high school. He continued to practice while studying at Chuo University and served as Vice-President of the Kyudo Club there. After graduation, he was appointed as a prefectural police officer and continued to love Kyudo as a hobby. He has returned to his alma mater high school to coach for the past twenty-five years, and since 2016, has also coached the Yamagata University Kyudo Club. As well as many years of coaching experience, Mr. Akino has achieved the title of Renshi, and the level of Sixth Dan in his Kyudo practice. He has also pursued Kendo to the fifth dan, though he is currently taking a break from it. As well as these disciplines, he enjoys collecting and appreciating fine Japanese calligraphy.   Message to participants in the Kyudo Experience: “To the degree that Judo is well-known, I would like to introduce Kyudo to people all around the world, for them to know the goodness and traditional beauty of archery. I hope that you can feel not only the joy of it, but also the spirit of seeking ‘correctness’ and the simplicity and sophistication in traditional Japanese archery.”

Yoshihiro Akino

Kyudo Experience

Kyudo Master Renshi, 6th Dan

Our Guides

Mai Goto 

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

Kaoru Akiyama 

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

Yuichi Otomo 

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

Our Experiences

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

Yamabushido Programs 

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.