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

Yoshibu Ueno 

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

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 …

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 …

Our Experiences

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

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 …

Meet Your Master: Special Tour 

  Number of Participants Price per person 1 112,000 * Minumum amount of 2 application needed to operate t …

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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.