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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