For a cheap and easy way to see the highlights of Yamagata City, jump on a ¥100 Utoria bus, and grab an all-day pass for ¥300. You can jump on and off the bus, which runs every ten minutes, as often as you want.
There's plenty to see and do along the route, from museums and galleries to cafes and restaurants, so do it all once, then ride around a few times just to enjoy the view.
Hannah lives in Sydney and spends most of her time dreaming of being somewhere else. She loves karaoke, hates making plans in advance, and will probably never be able to read a map.