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“Gorgeous, moving”
Review of Mt. Haguro

Mt. Haguro
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Mt Haguro Pilgrim Walking Tour
Reviewed August 29, 2013

The 2,466 steps sound daunting but, at an average of 4" high, it takes less than an hour to go up this stunning stone staircase flanked by 600 year old cedars. The steps, the views and the shrine, ancient bell and torii gate at the top are worth every thigh-burning step!

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Reviewed May 31, 2013

Going there was quite a challenge~ I had to take quite many different trains (I was coming from Matsushima) with not very good transfert time and it rained almost the whole time (mid-May).
When I arrived in Tsuruoka it stopped raining. I took a bus to 羽黒センター and started to climb the steps.
For this trip, I did backpacking so I carried a 17kg bag on my back the whole way... It was quite tiring, but the more I walked, and the more I wanted to climb. The place was very beautiful (and was not crowded at all)... I felt really transported and loved it.
I didn't see other people climbing, but met some people descending... very often trying to cheer me up with a 頑張ってください, がんばってね, or ファイト! hahahaha
I loved it.
The lodging was quite nice, they were expecting me since I was the only guest, and we managed to talk a bit with my rusty japanese :-p
I liked the extremely hot bath (the hottest i experienced in Japan haha), and the food was really interesting (i love new tastes)
Like bakatori said in his comment, everything is typically Japanese, and the sliding doors are quite... not very efficient to fight against the cold hehe
The room temperature descended very low during the night and I had to turn on the heater. A crazy wind also rised during the night, making every window and sliding doors making quite scary noise. I didn't go to the toilet for the whole night, too scared to leave the room and die from coldness :-D
After the breakfast, I enjoyed the view of gas-san from the window of the room and the nature all around me.
Being alone there surely made it very different for me, but i completely loved it!!! Next time I will go to the Tohoku region, I will go there again without any doubt.
I felt transported, alone with the nature, the wind, the cold, and experienced a (not-that-cold) night with paper doors :-p

Don't hesitate a second... just go there!

5  Thank Luc C
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Reviewed May 12, 2012

I took a bus from the front of Tsuruoka station. My initial intention was to climb up the legendary 2466 steps all the way to the top from the 羽黒センター. However, the route up was snow laden and thusly in my own opinion, treacherous. Yes snow, you hear me right. It was spring and there was snow. In view of that and my fondness for self preservation, I took the easy way up - bus.
Saikan is a simple temple lodging surrounded by woods and sits on the edge of the mountain.
Guess what, I was the only guest there. I spent my entire time in my room (no key, no lock, just sliding door) infront of the heater (portable type). I came to Japan with clothes meant for Spring.
The whole structure of the lodging is typically Japanese, wooden. With planks covered with tatami for flooring, windows that works like sliding doors thus the cold seeped through the tiny slits. Even the journey from my room to the common toilet was a feat with the cold wind escaping into the lodging thru the cracks.
When night came, I fell asleep with the sound of the wind howling & rattling on my window panes.
It snowed during my slumber. I have nvr experience snowfall in my life (my country is in the Equator). I opened my eyes, and before me, snowfall.
It was the most beautiful sight.
I would gladly do this again even with the cold and exhorbitant bus fare.

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