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Yamagata

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

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Yamagata

Yamagata

Yamagata City and Yamagata Prefecture share the same name: "mountain shape". Yamagata City is surrounded by mountains indeed and its main attractions are actually to be found in these mountains rather than in the city center. The main sightseeing spot of interest is Yamadera (“Mount..

Iide

Iide

Iide Town is a small town in the southern part of Yamagata Prefecture. The town is surrounded by four mountain ranges: Zao Renbo, Azuma Renbo, Azahi Renbo and Iide Renbo. The 8,000 people or so who live here earn their livelihood mainly by farming. Farmers grow rice and vegetables, they harvest fru..

Mamurogawa

Mamurogawa

Mamurogawa (真室川) is known as" Ume no Sato" (梅の里). "Ume no Sato" means plum town. A Plum Festival is held here every year during Golden Week (around April 29th to May 6th) at Mamurogawa Park. Usually you can see both plum blossoms and cherry blossoms at the same time! However, so..

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

Yamagata Prefecture enjoys an enviable position in northern Japan, boasting both a beautiful coastline and forested mountains. Very few international travelers venture into Yamagata, leaving the prefecture's temples, hiking trails, and hot spring..

Takahatamachi Taiyokan

Takahatamachi Taiyokan

If you did not know it already, Takahata is a fabulous getaway for those fatigued of the big city grind. With exceptional restaurants, charming hotels and a stellar winery to visit, one really does not need any further reason to book your next JR Eas..

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About yamagata

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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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