Mt. Haguro Shojin Ryori Day Experience

Yamagata Prefecture

Create your own Shojin Ryori from scratch with local Yamabushi mountain monks and town locals. 

Shojin Ryori is he traditional cuisine of the Yamabushi monks of Yamagata, developed this cooking out of necessity to sustain them during their long periods of isolated training that could last from weeks to months. This cuisine also became an integral part of their training as it was seen as a way to cleanse their bodies and souls while in the mountains and to accept the blessings of nature.

Harvest various wild mountain vegetables in the forests and fields of Mt. Haguro alongside Yamabushi mountain monks and learn how to make their legendary Shojin Ryori cuisine in the Miyatabo Shukubo lodge. 

Experience making Shojin Ryori

What's Included

Harvest traditional sansai mountain vegetables with yamabushi in the forests and fields.
Prepare Shojin Ryori, the traditional cuisine of the Yamabushi monks of Yamagata.
Prepare and cook vegetables alongside locals at the lodge.
Some sansai vegetation will be prepared in advance, due to the longer length of time that some of these dishes require.
Enjoy the Shojin Ryori together in the dining hall.

Cost

From 20,000 yen per person

Experience Availability

All-year round. The ingredients of this yamabushi cooking are split by the following seasons:

  • Spring and Summer: Various mountain vegetables
  • Fall: Mushrooms
  • Winter: Tsukemono (Japanese pickled fruits and vegetables)

Average Duration

Approximately 3 hours

Meeting Location

Miyatabo Shukubo Mountain Lodge

Important notes

Experience availability may vary. Reserve to confirm availability.
Please notify us at least 3 days before if you must cancel or modify your reservation.
Virtual tours for this experience are available for individuals and organizations, please contact us for details in the reservation form below.

The Harvest

We will start this experience at the Miyatabo Lodge on Mt. Haguro in the small mountain village of Toge. This area is lined by dozens of Shukubo pilgrim lodges that once hosted tens of thousands of Yamabushi who visited the Dewa Sanzan when they became a major place for pilgrimage during the Edo Period.

Here we will meet the yamabushi of this lodge and make our way into the forests and fields where we will harvest traditional mountain vegetables known as ‘Sansai.’

This part of the experience is fully-supervised by the monks of this mountain, who are very familiar with the ingredients we will be harvesting and eating. They will show us exactly how to identify the vegetation we are looking for and how to spot if they are at the correct stage in their growth to be edible.

After filling our baskets with fresh vegetables, we will then head back to Miyatabo to begin cooking.

Preparing Shojin Ryori ​

The second part of this experience will be to prepare Shojin Ryori, the traditional cuisine of the Yamabushi monks of Yamagata.

The Yamabushi developed this cooking out of necessity to sustain them during their long periods of isolated training on these mountains that could last from weeks to months. This cuisine also became an integral part of their training as it was seen as a way to cleanse their bodies and souls while in the mountains and to accept the blessings of nature.

We will work alongside locals at the lodge to prepare our vegetables and cook them into a variety of dishes in the large kitchen of Miyatabo. This class will also include Sansai vegetation prepared in advance, due to the longer length of time that some of these dishes require.

After preparing our food, we will then move to the dining hall of the lodge to enjoy a delicious course of Shojin Ryori together.

Reserve your Shojin Ryori Day Experience today!

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Cancelation policy

Our general cancelation policy for our experiences is below. Cancelation fees may vary according to exceptional circumstances.

3 days before

Free

2 days before

30% of experience cost

Day before

50% of experience cost

Day of

100% of experience cost