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Tsuruoka

Gourmet heartland in Yamagata

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Dewa Sanzan Experience

Dewa Sanzan Experience

Geoff Day

Dewa Sanzan in Yamagata is a dream for those who aspire to learn and live the life of a Japanese Monk. Forested paths, secluded..

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About Tsuruoka

Designated a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy, Tsuruoka lays claim to a diverse food culture thanks to the blessings of abundant nature that can be found here in west Yamagata along the Shōnai plain. As Yamagata’s second largest city, Tsuruoka is also considered a popular gateway from which to access Dewa Sanzan—comprising the 3 mountains of Mt Haguro, Mt Gassan and Mt Yudono. The sacred area sees many visitors embark on a pilgrimage to climb each mountain, where they may encounter local Yamabushi and their traditional cuisine of Shojin Ryori.

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