Mount Haguro in Winter

Experiment of snow-walking in wara rice straw boots

Alena Eckelmann   - 1 min read

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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Alena Eckelmann

Alena Eckelmann @alena.eckelmann

Born East of the Wall and South of Berlin, I am celebrating my 15th year anniversary in Japan in May 2020, the country that I call home now. I lived in crazy Tokyo for 6 years and since 2011 I call the beautiful Kii Peninsula (Kumano, Koyasan and Yoshinoyama) my home.I have been a JapanTravel Par...