About Yamagata
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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Ice Monsters in Zao Onsen

Get inspired by their unique shapes

Can't wait to take a trip there!

Tomitaya Zao Onsen

Genghis Khan-style lamb barbecue

OMG! Lamb...I had no idea. Thank you!

Robata Restaurant in Zao Onsen

Mongolian BBQ a la Genghis Khan


Zao Onsen in Winter

Winter sport and onsen paradise

So much snow!