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  • Mount Yudono, Tamugimata Map It
  • Tsuruoka
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Published 12/10/2015

Fodor's Review

One of a trio of Dewa peaks, 5,000-foot Yudono-san is generally the last on pilgrims' rounds. You can descend on foot in a few hours from Gas-san, but it involves interpreting signs in Japanese, a bit of exertion, and slippery metal ladders, and you'll want to check with the tourist information folks about current conditions. Buses make the 80-minute (¥1,820) run between Tsuruoka and Sen-in-Zawa, a trailhead for a short climb to the summit, where you must make a small monetary donation and be purified in a secret ritual that you are forbidden to photograph or tell anyone about. Once cleansed, don't miss the last bus back down to Tsuruoka, which leaves promptly at 4:30 pm.

Sight Information


Mount Yudono, Tamugimata, Tsuruoka, Yamagata-ken, 997-0532, Japan

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Published 12/10/2015


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