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Mt. Haguro, Tsuruoka

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#1 of 23 in Nature in Yamagata Prefecture
Mountain Historic Site
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. Add Mt. Haguro to your Tsuruoka travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Tsuruoka vacation planner.
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Where to stay in Tsuruoka

You can find a sizeable number of accommodation options concentrated around Tsuruoka's main train station, which makes a convenient location for exploring the city center and its chief sights. Mainly three-star hotels, the lodgings near the station offer basic private rooms, ample parking, onsite restaurants, and often complimentary breakfast.
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  • Rainy morning was probably not the best moment to visit here. Dark photos and not that great inner peace due wet clothing. But still, I can sense the greatness of this area. So beautiful - and remembe...  more »
  • Friends took us to Mt. Haguro for a brief walk. We didn't have a lot of time, but we enjoyed the beauty and peacefulness of the location. It was sunny, but the stone stairway is surrounded by tall ced...  more »
  • Enjoyable temple area with a hike down to the pagoda and back up. Good with the autumn colours as a backdrop.  more »