Duration: 6.5 hours
Start/End: Sakata port/ Sakata port
Highlights: Mt. Haguro, Zuishinmon Gate, Mt. Haguro Saikan, Sanjin Gosaiden, Ken Domon Museum of Photography, Kachofugetsu
Tour Customizable: Absolutely! (Tell us your specific requirements in the inquiry form)
Meet your private guide and driver at the port and start a day packed with a variety of places to visit. First to Mt. Haguro – one of the best sights in Japan. You can access the summit via car, bus or walking trail. At the entrance of Mt. Haguro is Zuishinmon Gate where 2446-step stone stairway begins. Along the way up, you will pass by Ideha Museum with exhibits on fold religions and the area’s history, a five-storied pagoda designated as National Treasure, and a teahouse where visitors can take a rest with tea and snacks.
Just before the summit is a building called Mt. Haguro Saikan and connected to Haguro-san’s shrine, offers temple lodging. Spend a night here and you won’t regret as it provides visitors with convenient accommodation in a tatami room, dinner and breakfast in the style of Buddhist vegetarian cuisine and the chance to watch the shrine’s early morning ceremony.
Then head to Haguro-san’s main shrine – Sanjin Gosaiden – known as the most important of the three Dewa Sanzan shrines. Admire the thickest thatched roof in Japan as well as its wooden construction that still retains buildings dating from the Middle Ages was recognized as an important cultural property in 2000.
Your trip won’t be completed without visiting the first museum of photography in Japan – Ken Domon Museum of Photography. It’s where you can appreciate all 70,000 pieces of Ken Domon’s photographic work, as well as lifework, are preserved and shown to the public in regular succession. A day of memorable experience ends with a delicious meal filled with toppings in Kachofugetsu to try on wantan noodles, Japanese sardinella, soup along with other significant dishes. Trip ends at a good time to return back to the port.