Suggested Itinerary

3 days in Yamagata prefecture

Day 1

Arrive in Murayama. Relax and drink some green tea before taking a walk through the paddy fields, visiting the rose park and looking for wild monkeys. 
In the evening enjoy some local sake and Yakitori (grilled chicken) or take a Japanese lesson in the Ninja room, learning useful expressions for your next days adventure.

 

Day 2

Get up early to try Zen meditation at a local temple before breakfast.
Later take a local train (40 min) to the famous mountain temple complex of Yamadera.

Eat local speciality soba noodles for lunch in the village below the temple. On the way back to Murayama stop at Tendo to take a hot spring bath and visit the Hiroshige woodblock print museum.

In the evening endulge in fine Japanese dining at Tatsuki, a restaurant only 20 min walk from the guesthouse, where you can try the very best in seasonal Japanese food. Alternatively why not try your hand at Japanese calligraphy with us in the ninja room?

Day 3

Take a day trip to the port town of Sakata by train. Visit Soumaro and watch an authentic Maiko (Geisha) performance! Take time to see the sacred mummies of Dewa.

Visit the Honma family residence to see how the wealthiest rice merchants lived in days gone by and the rice warehouse of Sankyosokyo before heading back to Murayama for ramen.

 

 

5 days in Yamagata prefecture

For the more adventurous!

Day 1

Arrive in Murayama. Relax, drink green tea with local farmers and take a walk through the paddy fields. Spend the evening learning useful phrases and drinking local sake.

Day 2

Get up early to watch the sunrise and look for monkeys in the forest. 

 

Then borrow a bike and explore!
Ride through the rice paddies and orchards to the Mogami river. Enjoy a hot spring bath overlooking the river, try some local speciality soba noodles and visit some local temples. 

Day 3

Take the train to Sakata for a day of culture and history.

Enjoy an authentic performance of Maiko dancing girls (often wrongly called geisha), visit the rice warehouses and merchants houses of yesteryear, and see the sacred mummies of Dewa.

 

From Sakata head on to the 3 holy mountains of Dewa where you can spend the night in a temple.

 

Day 4

Spend the day exploring the mountain paths and temple complexes of Haguro-san. One of the most sacred places in Japan, before making your way back to Murayama.

Day 5

Get up early to try Zen meditation at a local temple.

After breakfast learn how to make your own sandals out of rice straw with our friendly Komeyakata staff.

 

Longer stays

Longer stays allow you to experience all the above plus much, much more! Just ask Komeyakata staff to help you tailor your plans to suit your tastes and budget.