The Shonai Region 

The coastal region of Yamagata Prefecture is known for its vast open plains, expansive coastlines, culinary excellence, and holy mountains. A trip to this region is an expedition into the pristine countryside of Northern Japan with a plethora of discovery to be had for the adventurous.

Spend the day exploring its vast nature and temples, and relax in the evening with culinary experiences and blissful hot spring baths.  Our experiences in Shonai are made in close collaboration with the open and welcoming locals of this region and offer you the chance to experience the countryside like a local.

Culinary Programs 

Shonai Sake Tasting

Enjoy a flight of some of the finest sake in the Shonai Region at Ayatsuru, a local bar located right

Fugu workshop

See first hand the incredibly intricate art of one of the culinary world's most daring and delicious delicacies. Fugu is

Sushi workshop

In this introductory-intermediate sushi class, you will learn how to make beautiful and delicious nigiri and rolled sushi with seasoned chefs

Outdoor and Cultural Programs 

Yamabushi Training on Mt. Kinbo

Venture into the pristine forests of Mt. Kinbo with Masato Konno, a Yamabushi mountain monk who will introduce you to

Matsugaoka Silk Mills Tour

The price for this program includes a bilingual guide and small gift of samurai silk, the modern rebranding that Matsugaoka

Maiko Performance at Somaro

This reservation is for the daily 2:00pm performance at Somaro. Please note that cancellations must be made at least one

Morning Hiking on Mt. Haguro

Hike up the 2,446 stone steps of Mt. Haguro that winds through its ancient cedar forest to the Dewa Sanzan