OUR GUIDES

Yumi Sato

Yumi Sato

Yumi was born and raised in the prefectural capital, Yamagata City, where she attended Yamagata University and began her career in a local advertising agency. She started her own business aged just 25, but when she met Haruki, she decided to change her career path; they married and she moved to Nishikawa to become the landlady at Dewaya Inn. The couple have two young children, aged 3 and 1, and Yumi’s personal and professional motivation is all about passing on the mountain and foraging traditions to the next generation. She enjoys living life according seasonal customs, and her hobbies include traditional tea ceremony and flower arrangement.   Message to participants of Mountain Foraging at Dewaya Inn: “Although my English isn’t great, I hope you will really enjoy yourselves with our Japanese hospitality.”
Yumi Sato of Dewaya in Nishikawa

Yumi Sato

Dewaya

Mountain guide and assistant chef

Our Guides

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Kazuhiro Hayasaka 

Born and raised at the foot of Mount Haguro, Mr. Hayasaka is the 17th generation proprietor of Daishinbo Pilgr …

Shinji Kashima 

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

Ryuko Ueno 

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

Our Experiences

The Hidden Path of Zen at Yamadera 

Zen at Zenpoji 

Group Size Price Per Person Two ¥38,000 Three ¥33,000 Four ¥29,000 Five ¥28,000 Six or more ¥27,000  

Yasuo Shibuya foraging for mushrooms on Mt. Gassan for Dewaya in Nishikawa

Mountain Foraging at Dewaya Inn 

Group Size Price Per Person Two ¥78,000 Three ¥64,000 Four ¥57,000 Five ¥53,000 Six ¥50,000 Seven ¥48,000 8 (m …

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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.