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Yamagata

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

About Yamagata
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Top Attractions in Yamagata

Mount Zao
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Mount Zao

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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

Kasedori Festival

Kasedori Festival

Celine Ong

Kasedori Festival, or “Strawbird Festival”, is a unique yet bizarre Japanese event. Performers gather at Kaminoyama Castle dr...

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Shinjo Matsuri

Shinjo Matsuri

Hannah Warren

Shinjo, in Yamagata, hosts this annual festival in which giant floats are paraded through the city.

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Where to eat in Yamagata

Takahata Winery

Takahata Winery

Anna van Dyk

Tired of sake? Why not get acquainted with Japan's fine selection of wines during a visit to the Takahata Winery.

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Places to stay in Yamagata

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Sightseeing in Yonezawa

Sightseeing in Yonezawa

Tom Roseveare

As a castle town, Yonezawa in southern Yamagata was once home to the Uesugi clan, but is more commonly known for its delicaci...

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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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