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Yamagata

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

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Zao Onsen

Zao Onsen

Zao Onsen (Zao hotspring) is one of the oldest hot springs in the northeastern part of the Tohoku region, in Yamagata Prefect...

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Yamagata City

Yamagata City

Yamagata City and Yamagata Prefecture share the same name: "mountain shape". Yamagata City is surrounded by mountains indeed ...

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Iide

Iide

Iide Town is a small town in the southern part of Yamagata Prefecture. The town is surrounded by four mountain ranges: Zao Re...

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Mamurogawa

Mamurogawa

Mamurogawa (真室川) is known as Ume no Sato (梅の里 lit. 'plum town'). A Plum Festival is held here every year during Golden ...

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Tendo City

Tendo City

If you are a permanent resident of a big city then you start appreciating little getaways in the countryside. Considering tha...

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Dewa Sanzan

Dewa Sanzan

The Dewa Sanzan are the three sacred peaks of Yamagata, representing birth, death and rebirth. For centuries, pilgrims have w...

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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 ...

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Tsuruoka

Tsuruoka

Designated a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy, Tsuruoka lays claim to a diverse food culture thanks to the blessings of abu...

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Upcoming Yamagata Events

Nanyo Chrysanthemum Festival

Nanyo Chrysanthemum Festival

Kim

The Nanyo Chrysanthemum Festival takes place from early October to mid-November every year at two venues: the Kumano Taisha S...

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Hanagasa Matsuri

Hanagasa Matsuri

Hannah Warren

Hanagasa Matsuri is a dance festival which originiated in Obanazawa but is now celebrated across Yamagata every summer.

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Where to eat in Yamagata

Satoya Sweets

Satoya Sweets

Laura Welch

Japanese- and Western-style, handmade sweets, made with techniques passed down through generations of the Sato family. There'...

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Places to stay in Yamagata

Kuhe Ryokan

Kuhe Ryokan

Alena Eckelmann

Kuhe Ryokan in Yutagawa Onsen, a small hot spring village near Tsuruoka City in Yamagata Prefecture, is well-suited for a sta...

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Yamagata Ryokan Kajikaso

Yamagata Ryokan Kajikaso

Justin Velgus

Onogawa Onsen Kajikaso is a ryokan located in Yonezawa, Yamagata Prefecture. The historic ryokan recently completed a renovat...

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Kuhe Ryokan

Kuhe Ryokan

Alena Eckelmann

Kuhe Ryokan in Yutagawa Onsen, a small hot spring village near Tsuruoka City in Yamagata Prefecture, is well-suited for a sta...

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About Yamagata

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
Region Tohoku
Island Honshu
Capital Yamagata
Population 1,168,924
Area 9323.15 sq. km

Located in the Tohoku region and bordering the Sea of Japan, Yamagata Prefecture (山形県, Yamagata-ken) 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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