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Yamagata

From Yamadera's trails to Zao Onsen's hot springs

About Yamagata

Things to do in Yamagata

Areas

Dewa Sanzan

Dewa Sanzan

The Dewa Sanzan are the three sacred peaks of Yamagata, representing birth, death and rebirth. For centuries, pilgrims have walked these trails and prayed at the shrines.

Tendo City

Tendo City

If you are a permanent resident of a big city then you start appreciating little getaways in the countryside. Considering that autumn in Japan is beautiful, as nature becomes a palette full of different shades of green, orange, yellow and red, Tendō in the middle of Yamagata prefecture in the region..

Ginzan Onsen

Ginzan Onsen

Ginzan Onsen in Yamagata Prefecture provides the setting to transport you back a hundred years to Japan's Taisho era. Stroll along the small streets on both sides of Ginzan River or over one of ten small bridges across the river for the best views of this traditional resort that has preserved it..

Dining

Ichian Soba Restaurant

Ichian Soba Restaurant

Yamagata Prefecture is famous for soba. The thin noodles made from buckwheat flour is usually served cold or hot, topped with various garnishes and toppings such as tempura (deep fried seafood and vegetables), tofu, vegetables and meat. If you h..

Satoya Sweets

Satoya Sweets

Ask a Japanese person about Yamagata, and they are almost certain to talk about fruit. Cherries and La France pears in particular are well-known, and what better way to enjoy them than as sweets? Satoya is a Yamagata-based sweet shop that sells bo..

Papa Yakisoba

Papa Yakisoba

Yamagata is famous for many things, from tourist areas like Yamadera or Zao to food like cherries, La France pears, and soba. When I went there, I was hoping to have soba, but yakisoba wasn't the first thing that came to mind. Luckily for me, I w..

Places to stay

Hotel Folkloro Takahata

Hotel Folkloro Takahata

If you intend on experiencing all that Japan has to offer, it is essential that you take in not only its big cities such as Tokyo and Osaka, but also its quaint, countryside towns such as Takahata. Situated only two hours away from the capital on the..

Yamagata Ryokan Kajikaso

Yamagata Ryokan Kajikaso

Onagawa Onsen Kajikaso (小野川温泉河鹿荘) is one of a dozen rustic ryokan concentrated in the Onogawa hot spring district of Yonezawa, Yamagata. While the area is still a secret to most international travelers, Japanese people have been enjoying its exc..

Hotel Pearl City Tendo

Hotel Pearl City Tendo

Located in Tendo, in Yamagata Prefecture, Hotel Pearl City Tendo, a member of the HMI Hotel Group, is the perfect place for those interested in discovering the beauty of the Tohoku region. Situated a 10 minute walk from JR Tendo train station served..

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Yamagata Top 10 Attractions

Yamagata Top 10 Attractions

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The Charms of Yamagata Prefecture

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About yamagata

Okinawa Nagasaki Fukuoka Saga Kumamoto Kagoshima Miyazaki Oita Ehime Kochi Tokushima Kagawa Yamaguchi Hiroshima Okayama Tottori Shimane Hyogo Kyoto Osaka Wakayama Nara Shiga Mie Fukui Ishikawa Toyama Gifu Aichi Nagano Shizuoka Niigata Yamanashi Kanagawa Tokyo Saitama Gunma Tochigi Chiba Ibaraki Fukushima Miyagi Yamagata Iwate Akita Aomori Hokkaido
RegionTohoku
IslandHonshu
CapitalYamagata
Population1,168,924
Area9323.15 sq. km

Located in the Tohoku region and bordering the Sea of Japan, Yamagata Prefecture is filled with beautiful natural landscapes.

Risshaku-ji, or Yama-dera, is a temple famous for its magnificent view after a 1,000-step climb to get to the top, while the five-storey pagoda at Mount Haguro (part of the Dewa Sanzan Mountains) is also a must-see destination for tourists.

After visiting those holy sites, reinvigorate yourself at one of Yamagata's many hot springs, with the ones at Ginzan, Kaminoyama, and Zao (also a popular ski resort) being the most renowned. If you visit in early autumn, don't miss out on imoni, the prefecture's special potato soup.

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