Mount Haguro, one of the Three Mountains of Dewa, in Yamagata is worth a visit during all seasons. While the two other Dewa mountains, Mount Gassan and Mount Yudono, are closed during winter, Haguro-san is accessible. You can walk down the valley to where Tohoku's oldest five-story pagoda stands. In summer it would be stone steps but in winter all is covered in a thick layer of snow. The path from Zuishin Gate to the pagoda is cleared from snow daily. How about doing a snow walk in wara boots? You can rent them from the Ideha Cultural Museum located near Zuishin Gate. The wara boots are hand-made by wara craftsman Saito-san who lives nearby.
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Founder of Kii Monogatari, my story and the story of the Kii Peninsula of Japan. Originally from East Germany, I came to Tokyo, via Berlin and London, in 2005. In summer 2011 I moved by choice to remote Kumano in the south of the Kii Peninsula where I live, work and play now, and explore every da...