HEART & WORSHIP
This route introduces a wondrous pilgrimage journey that transports visitors to Tokyo’s shitamachi (traditional downtown) culture as found in Sugamo, which is overflowing with character, as well as Shonai traditional culture, together with faith and food
Official Tokyo Travel Guide
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John F. Kennedy International Airport
The airport serves as an air gateway for Tokyo. The passenger terminal is filled with various commercial facilities, and visitors can command a panoramic view of Tokyo Bay from the rooftop observation deck, so that every one, even those who are not flying, can enjoy the terminal.
Tokyo Metropolitan Area
Hatonomori Hachiman Shrinemore
Hatonomori Hachiman Shrine's fujizuka, a mound created to imitate Mt. Fuji, is famous as the oldest such mound within Tokyo. It was constructed in 1789, and is designated a Tangible Folk Cultural Property of Tokyo.
Although the mound is around 6 meters tall, it is said that climbing a fujizuka means the climber is blessed in the same way as if they had climbed Mt. Fuji, and there is a lovely view from the peak. Irises bloom around the same time as the yearly temple founding ceremony takes place (3 June), in the space in front of the fujizuka representing a pond, and are a very pretty sight to see.
JR Chuo-Sobu Line Sendagaya Station → Ochanomizu Station
Approximately 30 minutes / 160 yen
Approximately 6 minutes from Ochanomizu Station
Kanda Myojin Shrinemore
Kanda Myojin Shrine was founded in 730, and has held a special presence in Edo-Tokyo for almost 1,300 years. During the Edo Period (1603-1868), this shrine was said to guard and protect the whole of Edo (the former name for Tokyo), from the Shogun to the common people, as the local deity of the city. Even today, this deity is familiar as the guardian of prosperity within the family, marriage, and business, and protection against evil. The 108 towns of Tokyo that make up the shrine's parishioners are those steeped in the lifestyles and culture of Edo and Tokyo. "Myojin-sama" is said to continue to watch over these towns, which blend tradition and creation, and the shrine grounds are always bustling with visitors who revere and admire Myojin-sama.
Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line Ochanomizu Station → Awajicho Station
→ walk → Toei Shinjuku Line Ogawamachi Station → Jimbocho Station
Approximately 15 minutes / 280 yen
Jimbocho Used Book Townmore
Many schools were established here from the Meiji Era (1868-1912), and even today there are approximately 180 used bookstores in the Kanda area boasting a grand total of over 10 million volumes in their inventories. A fantastic and varied array is available, including Japanese and Western literature, and specialized books.
Toei Shinjuku Line Jimbocho → Shinjuku
Approximately 10 minutes / 220 yen
Approximately 10 minutes from Shinjuku Station
Washington Hotel Shinjuku
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The design of the terminal building is based on the gentle curves of Shonai rice stalks. This facility serves as the gateway for air travelers to the Shonai region and is part of a growing high-speed network connected with other parts of Japan. The passenger building has souvenir shops, restaurants, cafes, ATMs, and a corner for information about local tourism and products, and also functions as a community plaza to promote local industry, economy, and culture.In 2014, the airport was given the nickname, "Delicious Shonai Airport", which embodies the idea that people, food, nature, and culture, are all "delicious."
Airport to Sakata Shiyakusho-mae
Somaya, a Japanese-style restaurant that has been representative of the Sakata region since the Edo era, was refurbished and reopened in March 2000. The current wooden main building was rebuilt around surviving earthen storehouses just after the building was burned down during the Shonai Earthquake of 1894. At the hall on the second floor, diners can enjoy culinary delights as well as dance performances presented by Sakata dancers called Sakata Maiko.
Kotobukicho to Yunohama Onsen
Transport to and from farms is mainly accomplished by taxi
Yamagata Prefecture is known as the "fruit kingdom," growing large amounts of delicious fruits. In Shonai, the "food capital ," abundant with foodstuffs, you can pick and eat all the seasonal fruit you wish. Depending on the season, you can enjoy cherries and melon, blueberries, grapes, and pears.
Transport to Tsuruoka Ekimae is mainly accomplished by taxi
Tsuruoka Ekimae to Atsumi Onsen Station
20 minutes, 1,010 yen (limited express)
35 minutes, 500 yen (local train)
The soft waters and sound of the clear streams create the soothing charm of Atsumi Onsen, and there are many hotels here that boast warm hospitality, good quality hot springs, and cuisine using seasonal ingredients. We recommend strolling along the Atsumi River, which flows through this hot-spring town, and seeing the different faces of the town through the four seasons: cherry blossoms in the spring, sweetfish fishing in the summer, and salmon traveling upstream in the fall.
Rest at the riverside footbaths or on the wooden deck, and take a moment to relax and revitalize your spirit.
Enjoy meeting the local people in the morning market or public baths in this hot-spring town.
Atsumi Onsen Station to Tsuruoka Station
20 minutes 1,010 yen (limited express)
35 minutes 500 yen (local train)
Tsuruoka Ekimae to Haguro Zuishinmon
Hagurosan Goju-no-to (five storied pagoda)more
Said to be the oldest pagoda in the Tohoku region and built by Tairo-no-Masakado. The current 29m-high, three-section, five-layer, shingled wooden pagoda was rebuilt about 600 years ago and was designated as a national treasure in 1966. The 2,466 stone steps and avenue of cedar trees create a sacred atmosphere. Hagurosan Five-storied Pagoda is registered as a three-star spot in the Michelin Green Guide Japan.
Haguro Zuishinmon to Tsuruoka Ekimae
Tsuruoka Station to Shonai Airport
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