Yamagata Shore Excursion

Explore some of the most scenic Yamagata sights like Mt. Haguro and try a very special local cuisine. The tour is highly recommended for cruise ship passengers but can be tailored to the needs of all visitors to Yamagata.

8 hours


  • Tour must-see Yamagata sights in private transportation
  • Discover the charm of sacred Mt. Haguro and learn about the history, culture and tradition of this area from an experienced guide
  • See Japan's national treasures, such as Mount Haguro five-story pagoda


When you disembark at Sakata Port, take the opportunity of joining a guided tour in a charted vehicle. Visit some of the most famous sights in Yamagata prefecture. See Mt. Haguro, one of the three sacred mounains, the so-called Dewa Sanzan, which hold a special spiritual significance for Japanese people. Visit Matsugaoka Village, which has a distinctive past related to samurai. Join our Yamagata shore excursion and have an insight into the culture, tradition, and history of this area of Japan. 


Explore a mix of rich religious, cultural and historical heritage of Yamagata, and have a taste of unique "shojin ryori" - monk's diet for lunch served at an ancient Buddhist temple. 

Tour itinerary
*Departure times may vary.

09:00 Depart from Sakata Port

10:00 Reach Mt Haguro. Climb over 2,446 stone steps from the base to the summit of the mountain. Along the way, 33 figures carved into the stone steps bring prosperity to anyone who can find them all. Visit Mount Haguro's  five-story pagoda - one of Japan's oldest five-story pagodas standing among hundred-year-old cedar trees on the pilgrimage path and Mount Haguro main shrine. Pay a visit to Ideha Cultural Museum

13:00 Enjoy a lunch at Hagurosan Saikan, a temple where they serve shojin ryori cuisine (a vegetarian cuisine eaten by monks) (self-pay)

14:00 Head to Matsugaoka Village

14:30 Reach Matsugaoka where some 3,000 samurai decided to swap their swords for hoes and cleared some 225 hectares of wasteland

15:15 Head back to Sakata

16:00 Reach Sakata and stop by Yorozuka, a ceramic store where you can see high quality Japanese tea ceremony bowls and various ceramic ware types

16:30 Head back to Sakata Port

17:00 Reach Sakata Port

Important information

Included in price

  • English-speaking guide
  • Private transportation (private cab, Toyota Alphard, Hi-Ace van - depending on the number of passengers
  • Admission fees

Not included

  • Local lunch
  • Any personal expenses incurred

When you make your inquiry, kindly let us know whether you need to go through the immigration process at your port of entry in Japan as that would affect the itinerary of the shore excursion.

Know before you book

  • Cancellation
    7 days prior: free of charge
    6-2 days prior: 40% of tour price
    1 day prior: 50 % of tour price
    On the day, no-show: 100 % of tour price

Starting point

Sakata Port
Miyaumi, Sakata-shi, Yamagata 998-0005



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Organised by Japan Travel KK

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