September 27, 2021

Sacred Mt. Myoko Pilgrimage Route Tour with a Professional Mountain Guide

Myoko-Togakushi Renzan National Park

Nature
Culture
Activity
From 58,000 JPY per person

RECOMMENDED FOR:

Small Groups

TOUR DURATION:

1 night, 2 days

Mt Myoko

STORY

Mt. Myoko (top 100 mountains of Japan) in the Myoko-Togakushi Renzan National Park has long been considered a sacred mountain where spirits and gods live, as well as a place of worship and for “Shugendo” religious training. Participants of this tour will retrace the paths taken by pilgrims of Mt. Myoko since ancient times, starting from Sekiyama Shrine, a place of worship for Mt. Myoko that has long been used by the residents of its neighbourhoods. On Day 1 the scene will be set with a tour introduction from a local guide recounting tales of the history of the shrine and of mountain worship. You will then follow a beautiful tree-lined route to the Tsubame Onsen area with a local, professional mountaineering guide. On Day 2, the guide will take participants to the peak of Mt. Myoko, via the waterfalls, ponds, small shrines, and rocks that have been considered sacred since ancient times. Retrace the footsteps of local ancestors as you ascend the rugged trails of this great sacred mountain and admire the fabulous variety of views and panoramas.

HIGHLIGHTS DAY 1

► Enjoy the knowledgeable explanations of a friendly local guide.
► Enter the main shrine building, which is normally closed to the public, and view the treasures and relics of the mountain of worship.
► Stamp of Sekiyama Shrine seal (go-shu-in).
►Receive copies of papers dating back from the Edo era (16th-18th) showing a map of the ancient pilgrimage route, and the permit allowing pilgrims to make the climb.
►Night in an hot-spring onsen area to refresh and relax.

HIGHLIGHTS DAY 2

► The trails are steep and full of challenges. Even as a day hike, this is a true mountain climb.
► See the waterfalls, ponds, small shrines, and large rocks that have attracted the faithful to this route since ancient times.
► On clear days, see breathtaking views of all the surrounding national park mountains.
► After your hike, feel free to take a dip and refresh yourself in a free hot spring bath located at Tsubame Onsen.

WHAT IS INCLUDED:

◉ Guide fee
◉ Translator fees
◉ Shrine stamp
◉ Copies of an ancient pilgrimage route, and the letter of permission
◉ Accommodation fee (1night)
◉ Meals (1 Breakfast, 2 Lunch, 1 Dinner)
◉ All travel from tour start point to finish point

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED:

◯ Transportation to tour start point and from finish point
◯ Insurance (please purchase travel insurance in your own country).
◯ Anything else not specified. (The bank transaction fee shall be covered by the customer.)

SEASON:

July~Mid October

LANGUAGE SUPPORT:

English

PARTICIPANTS:

Min: 4       Max: 8

FITNESS LEVEL:

[Distance: 10.6km, Elevation climb: 1,823m] This hike is mid to high-level difficulty, for experienced hikers only. Please read the description in the “clothing” section and come well prepared.

SKILL LEVEL:

Much of the path is steep trails heading straight up the mountain, and some parts contain rocky footing which require chain ropes to climb. It is a true mountain climb.

START/END TIME:

Day 1 9:15/Day 2 15:30

AGE/HEIGHT:

12 yrs - 65 yrs

PRICE PER PERSON:

58,000 JPY/person

BOOKING:

30 days in advance

ACCESS (Start)

Sekiyama Shrine
15 minutes' walk from Sekiyama Station

ACCESS (Finish)

Mt. Myoko Tsubame Onsen Trail Entrance
35 mins by bus to Sekiyama Station

PARKING:

Available

ITINERARY DAY ONE

TIME CONTENT
9:15
Meet at Sekiyama Shrine
9:15~9:30
Briefing
9:30~11:00
Shrine and garden tour
11:00~12:00
Lunch (at Sekiyama Shrine)
12:00~13:35
Trek (Sekiyama Shrine to Myoko Seishounen Shizen no Ie)
13:35~13:50
Break (Myoko Seishounen Shizen no Ie)
13:50~15:20
Trek (Seishounen Shizen no Ie to Kyuukamura Myoko)
15:20
Break (Kyuukamura Myoko)
15:56
Kyuukamura Myoko to Tsubame Onsen (by bus)
16:05
Arrive at Tsubame Onsen, Check in
18:00
Dinner

ITINERARY DAY TWO

TIME CONTENT
6:00
Check out, Meet guide at hotel entrance
6:00~6:15
Briefing, start trekking
7:00~7:30
Breakfast(onigiri) before Munatsuki Haccho
7:30~11:15
Trek (Yudo Bunki to Tengu Do)
11:15~11:45
Lunch (onigiri)* (Mt. Myoko Peak)
11:45~15:30
Trek (Tengudo to Tsubame Onsen Trail Entrance), Finish
Hot spring bath (optional)

PHOTO GALLERY

Clothing/What to bring

► Appropriate clothing and boots for mountain climbing (cotton underwear not recommended)
► Full rain gear
► Backpack
► Soft drink (1-2 liters/day)
► Lunch
► Energy snack
► Cold weather protection
► Head light
► Hat
► Gloves
►Sunglasses
► Towel (if you will take a bath afterwards)

Cancelation by the participant

► 20 days prior 20%
► 7 days prior 30%
► day before 40%
► Same day 50%
► No show/ after start 100%

Cancelation by provider

► The itinerary may need to be changed or canceled after the tour starts. In this event, "itinerary change refunds" will be paid in accordance with a contract between you and us, except for reasons such as natural disasters.

Warning

► If you decide that the mountain climbing is too difficult to continue you may need to stop and descend the mountain and/or cancel the tour mid way.

Tour booking/enquiry

This is an enquiry, your booking will be confirmed after we have checked availability and received payment.
You will be sent a payment request via PayPal which you can pay either by PayPal or credit card.

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