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Mt. Gassan is the highest of the three sacred mountains of Dewa-san-zan. The mountain offers stretching green valleys, alpine flowers, small lacs... I tremendously enjoyed my hike! On the way to Mt. Gassan, I was lucky to meet an amazingly fit 86 years old. He...More
My friends were skiing at the small hill here with their 5 year old (and a large group of fun and polite visiting high school students). I though a snowshoe trip through the 4 meters of snow up to some of the temple areas was...More
Mt.Gassan is one of the mountains representing the Shonai region in Yamagata. Generally you can climb it only a few months in the summer, in other seasons, it is closed by thick snow. If you climb the mountaintop, you can feel the...More
Gassan is the second of the Dewa Sanzan holy mountains, representing death in the cycle of birth-death-rebirth. Like Haguro-san, it is somewhat easily accessible with a bus or car taking you to the 8th station (80% up the mountain) from where you have to continue...More
So this is not exactly your ski resort style place. This was a small set up 1 chairlift around a 15min ride to the top. For us who knew this was the end of the season finding an ice laden slope was gold. We had...More
The most cost-effective way would, of course, be walking. It takes a lot of time and is only suitable if you have the time and the physical preparation for it. You would have to walk on the same road as cars drive on, so... More
The most cost-effective way would, of course, be walking. It takes a lot of time and is only suitable if you have the time and the physical preparation for it. You would have to walk on the same road as cars drive on, so it's not the most pleasant walk. On the other hand you might get a chance to hitch a ride with someone.
The better idea would be to rent a car in Tsuruoka and use that to get around. This will however greatly limit your ability to hike around.
A taxi might be possible, but will cost you around 7000 yen and will probably require advanced booking.
You might want to check Haguro Chuo Kotsu for the taxi (tel 0235-62-2260) or check the Tourist Bureau in Tsuruoka for assistance.