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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Community discussion

Genuine Hospitality at Hijiori Onsen

A hidden gem in the mountains of Yamagata Prefecture

Peter, great find! Nice article and photos as well. Looks like this township is keeping their traditions alive and well. How are the actual onsen?

Wonder what the area looks like in the summer?

Wara Craft Master Saito-san

Rice straw craftmanship of old

looks cool!

Dewa Sanzan Shōjin Ryōri

The culinary way to enlightenment

looks good!

Yamabushi Walking on Dewa Sanzan

The spiritual practice of mountain treks

looks good!