About Yamagata
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 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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I love Yamagata Prefecture!

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You should, but go in groups or with a buddy. I was lucky to have one when I went. We kept each other from slipping.

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Looks so beautiful!