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“Warm hosts, retreat setting near Dewa-Senzan”
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Daishinbo
Reviewed 30 August 2013

We wanted to stay in temple lodging near Dewa-Senzan, the three sacred mountains of the mountain ascetic practice that dates back about 1,000 years (a little more below). Temple lodging is similar to a ryokan (Japanese traditional inn), but a little more relaxed. Daishinbo is in a perfect location to walk the two blocks to the 2,466 steps that lead to the top of Haguro-san, where the main temple is located. Our triple room at the very end of the inn was HUGE - maybe 36 x 20'! It also had a lovely view overlooking a field with bamboo and wild grasses, onto which 3 sliding doors opened for the breeze.

While simple, the inn is well maintained and comfortable in a quiet small town. It even has air conditioning! The Shinto Yamabushi priest and his wife are welcoming and helpful, even if you don't speak Japanese. And the wife, Toki, prepares a delicious dinner and breakfast.

If you are not accustomed to Japanese bathing customs, be aware that most people use the communal bath at night. Therefore, when we went to shower in the morning, the hot water was not turned on. Just go to the front room and ask for the hot water to be turned on. They will be most accommodating.

The unusual torrential rain interrupted our plans to hike Gas-san and Yudono-san (for which the priest's son was going to serve as our guide), but our hosts suggested alternative plans. At their recommendation we visited Gyokusenji Temple, which has a lovely garden that was designed in 1640 (not walking distance but not far).

The only downside: futons not as comfortable as some and "bean bag" pillows are not very comfortable to Westerners.

Dewa-Senzan is the modern name of the three sacred mountains consisting of Haguro-San, Gas-San and Yudono-San. Shrines were built on all three mountains to honor the “kami” (spirits) of the mountains; here, yamabushi, mountain ascetics, came for training. Haguro-san is thought to represent birth, Gas-san death, and Yudono-san rebirth.

Room Tip: The family room at the very end of the inn is huge and still very close to the bathroom and communal...
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 September 2012

This shrine Hotel is run by a Shinto Yamabushi priest and is the ideal place to stay if you want to explore the mountains. Just get the train to Tsuroka and then get the bus from outside the station (bus stop 2) and it stops just outside the door of the Daishinbo. While staying in the this quiet beautiful retreat the mother and the daughter of the house will cook you too amazing filling traditional meals a day. Your room will be a traditional tatami mat with a futon base on the floor. Its a authentic japanese stay in the most beautiful part of the world.

Want to see real Japan. Just book and go for it!

Room Tip: Book via a travel agent like Japan Travel as no one speaks English!
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  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled solo
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3  Thank Martin F
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Reviewed 20 July 2017
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Room Tip: Affidatevi con fiducia ai gestori, sempre disponibili a darvi il meglio.
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  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: July 2017, travelled with family
Thank 恭子 遠
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Reviewed 9 June 2016
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Room Tip: 部屋は広いし窓も多いけどカーテンがありません。朝日が気になる方はアイマスクを持参しましょう。
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  • Stayed: May 2016, travelled with family
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Address: 95 Haguromachitoge, Tsuruoka 997-0211, Yamagata Prefecture
Region: Japan > Tohoku > Yamagata Prefecture > Tsuruoka
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Ranked #4 of 22 Speciality lodging in Tsuruoka
Price Range: $136 - $236 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 20
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