When should I visit Dewa Sanzan?
You can visit Mt. Haguro all year around. From December to the end of April, the mountain is covered with massive snow. It will be fantastic experience to see the five-storied pagoda, a national treasure, stand still within the now. However, we highly suggest that you need to gear up for winter mountain. The best season to come to Mt. Haguro is May, the season of fresh greenery.
Mt.Gassan is open for visitors and trekkers from July 1st to September 15th. The best season to visit is summer. From the end of July to mid-August, Mt. Gassan will be filled with blossoming alpine plants.
Mt.Yudono will be open from the end of April to early November. There is no shrine pavilion but is a clear example of the nature worship, in Mt. Yudono. Travel from Mt. Haguro, Mt. Gassan, and Mt. Yudono is thought to be a spritural journey.
How do I get there?
See the Access page. The Haguro Center (羽黒センター) is the nearest bus stop to the trail entrance of Mt. Haguro. It takes about an hour of trekking through the stone steps from the entrance to the top. There are three heavy slopes along the way. On the half of the trail, after climbing the second heavy slope, there is a teahouse called Ninosaka-Chaya. You can take a break and view oceanic scenery of Shonai Pleateau (庄内平野). Another half hour will take you to the top of Mt. Haguro.
Where should I stay at Mt. Haguro?
See our lodging info page:
Mt. Haguro: http://hagurokanko.jp/en/haguro-area.html
Mt. Gassan: http://hagurokanko.jp/en/haguro-area/gassan-area.html
Mt. Yudono: http://hagurokanko.jp/en/haguro-area/yudonosan-area.html
Central Tsuruoka: http://hagurokanko.jp/en/haguro-area/central-tsuruoka.html