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Yamagata

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

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Shinjo Matsuri

Shinjo Matsuri

The otherwise unremarkable city of Shinjo, in Yamagata, is proudly home to Shinjo Matsuri, which is arguably the best festival in Touhoku. This festival, with its history of 250 years, is celebrated from August 24th to 26th every year, and consists o..

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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 walked these trails and prayed at the shrines.

Tsuruoka

Tsuruoka

Designated a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy, Tsuruoka lays claim to a diverse food culture thanks to the blessings of abundant nature that can be found here in west Yamagata along the Shōnai plain. As Yamagata's second largest city, Tsuruoka is also considered a popular gateway from which ..

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..

Dining

Gourmet Guide to Tsuruoka City

Gourmet Guide to Tsuruoka City

Designated a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy in 2014, Tsuruoka is blessed with a diverse food culture thanks to the nature's bounties brought by an ideal environment and irrigation in the Shônai region. Thanks to local cuisine such as..

Takahata Winery

Takahata Winery

There must be few things more wonderful in life than the act of enjoying a glass of fine wine in a beautiful setting. It is a simple pleasure that I had almost forgotten the value of, until today when I visited the Takahata Winery. Before my visit, ..

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..

Places to stay

Yamagata's Ginzan Onsen

Yamagata's Ginzan Onsen

A pleasant 3 hours and 15 minutes ride on the Shinkansen (Bullet-Train), takes you to Oishida Station. From there, most of the Ginzan Onsen Ryokan's have transport services although some of these are limited to a couple of times per day. If your ..

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..

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Sightseeing in Yonezawa

Sightseeing in Yonezawa

As a castle town, Yonezawa in southern Yamagata was once home to the Uesugi clan, but is more commonly known for its delicacies in the modern era – particularly its local brand of wagyu, Yonezawa beef, considered one of the top three in Japan. ..

Adventure Discoveries in Yamagata

Adventure Discoveries in Yamagata

Yamagata prefecture offers beautiful outdoor environments which promise heaps of adventure as well as cultural discoveries. From hiking mystical forested temples built into the mountains, to snow sports in a hot springs resort, Yamagata has plenty of..

Yamadera Retro Hall Museum

Yamadera Retro Hall Museum

Plenty has already been written about a place where temples are built-in the mountainside, Yamadera, but what else can you do around town? After a bit of shopping and indulging in the famous soba, some visitors make the short trek to the Matsuo Basho..

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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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