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

The Shonai region has long been held near synonymous with its pure white rice grown in the fertile terraces nestled

Fugu workshop

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

Sushi workshop

Sushi is one of the most iconic Japanese foods and has long been a culinary must-try for those visiting Japan

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

From the fall of the Meiji, down came the castles and the many Samurai traded their swords for silk looms

Maiko Performance at Somaro

See the splendor of the traditional song, dance and instrument mastery of the Sakata Maiko performers! This reservation is for

Morning Hiking on Mt. Haguro

According to legend, Mt. Haguro was discovered by Prince Hachiko over 1,500 years ago as he was led by a