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Yamagata

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

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Hanagasa Matsuri

Hanagasa Matsuri

Hannah Warren

Hanagasa Matsuri is a dance festival which originiated in Obanazawa but is now celebrated across Yamagata every summer.

Yamagata City Aug 5th - Aug 7th 2 Free
Shinjo Matsuri

Shinjo Matsuri

Hannah Warren

Shinjo, in Yamagata, hosts this annual festival in which giant floats are paraded through the city.

Abies Aug 24th - Aug 26th 1 Free

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Fujiya Ginzan Ryokan

Fujiya Ginzan Ryokan

Clifford Bernstein

The Fujiya Ginzan is a modern architectural accomplishment in a centuries old ryokan, breathing new life into a traditionally luxurious..

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About Yamagata

Okinawa Nagasaki Fukuoka Saga Kumamoto Kagoshima Miyazaki Oita Ehime Kochi Tokushima Kagawa Yamaguchi Hiroshima Okayama Tottori Shimane Hyogo Kyoto Osaka Wakayama Nara Shiga Mie Fukui Ishikawa Toyama Gifu Aichi Nagano Shizuoka Niigata Yamanashi Kanagawa Tokyo Saitama Gunma Tochigi Chiba Ibaraki Fukushima Miyagi Yamagata Iwate Akita Aomori Hokkaido
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 (山形県, Yamagata-ken) 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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