Mt. Haguro, Tsuruoka

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#1 of 51 in Parks in Yamagata Prefecture
Hike the 2,466 stone steps to the summit of Mt. Haguro, the lowest of the Three Mountains of Dewa. Be transported through the ages as you ascend the time-worn steps, taking in the towering 600-year-old cedars and five-story pagoda built along the route--supposedly constructed without nails. At the top, inspect the shrine, the largest thatched building in the country and a pilgrimage site for the mountain-worshipping Yamabushi. Keep your eyes peeled on the route for the estimated 1,000-year-old cedar tree, with a trunk 10 m (32.8 ft) around. Plan to visit Mt. Haguro and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Tsuruoka attractions using our Tsuruoka road trip planning app .
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  • My Japanese girlfriend was sceptical about the visit to this region just to climb a mountain (I had initially wanted to do all three in Dewar San) but we both agreed after we had done it that it was w...  more »
  • Going up and down the stairs is reminiscent to, so in a mountaintop shrine visit to a shrine that effect seems likely. With greetings and passes steep stairs and said good luck, is welcome. Stairs surrounded by trees is the refresh of the forest itself, the mind.
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  • With a bus to the bottom and a bus back from the top, an ideal walk for lazy walkers. Well we can do the up, not so keen on the down! Beautiful atmosphere among the cedar trees, pagoda stunning. Well ...  more »

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