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“The final step”
Review of Yudonosan Shrine

Yudonosan Shrine
Ranked #4 of 120 things to do in Tsuruoka
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Reviewed 19 June 2017

Yudono-san is the last part of the Dewa Sanzan pilgrimage and represents rebirth. There are generally two ways to get to Yudono-san Shrine. The easy way is by car from the foot of the mountain. The other is from Gas-san. I took the later path as part of the pilgrimage route. The trek from Gas-san to Yudono-san takes 4-5 hours depending on your walking speed and is fully mountainous. It's filled with going up and (mostly) down the mountain.The path is filled with natural beauty and lovely views. There are a number of ladders on the path that need climbing. The entire path can be slippery and somewhat dangerous after rain or in the early morning. One should prepare proper footwear and maybe a walking stick (you can get a traditional one in shops before climbing Haguro-san). The shrine itself was an interesting experience, but for me, paled before the mountaintop shrine at Gas-san. You can take a hotspring in the administrative building after going through the pilgrimage. To get off Yudono-san, you can either take the shuttle bus or walk (recommended) to the parking lot and take a bus back to Tsuruoka from there.

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Reviewed 21 February 2017

The temple guard was a bit touchy about where you stood but since nothing was in English we hadn't taken our shoes off at the designated area. He got about photography even from the outside so we called it a day. It's a nice walk up but I would leave the locals to admire the sacred big rock and not disturb the guy at the pay booth who gets umpy. You can see the sacred stone anyhow as much as they attempt to screen it off.

1  Thank LondonTell
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Reviewed 6 October 2015

A very interesting experience. This is the last visit on the holy mountain tour. Frist is Haguro san, 2nd is Gassan and Yudonosan is the last, they all have a meaning and are supposed to be visited in this order.
Yudonosan shrine is very strict and you must do as the monks tell you as this shrine is very sacred. But that all adds to the experience and this shrine is a very good experience

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Reviewed 19 June 2015

This site is worth the trip even if you aren't doing all of the Dewa sanzen.

Naturally we cannot tell you what you will see or some very nasty dieties having a bad hair day will likely visit us both, but we can say that it is worth it.

The clensing ceremony is part of the mandatory admission to the site. The 500 yen entry fee is certainly in keeping with entry to other temples of this calibre, We felt that it was very interesting and the local priests are very accommodating in helping us novices through what is required of you.

The costly part is the 1820 yen bus fare from Tsuruoka. It leaves from the front of the train station. The local tourist information centre is right out the front as well and can give you timetables and answer any questions you might have.

We'd recommend that you go early and walk up from where the town bus leaves you off. Don't take the shuttle bus.

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Reviewed 23 July 2014

If I were reviewing just the shrine itself, I would give it only 2 stars. Its very touristic, there were busloads of tourists subjected to the 500y/person cleansing ceremony and then shuttled through the shrine, which is quite interesting.

We did the whole dewa sanzan pilgrimage, which was excellent and one of my favourite experiences on our trip to japan. We hiked from mt. Gassan 8th station, stayed the night at the 9th station and hiked the next day to the top of Gassan and then onwards to Yudonosan and this shrine. The nature was very pretty and I can warmly recommend the hike, in either direction. But this shrine in itself feels just like a tourist trap.

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