Top Things To Do In yamagata


We have great places in Yamagata Prefecture that were posted by travelers and the locals who have actually traveled there. Yamagata is famous as a capital of cherry production, and located southwest of Tohoku Region. A nostalgic hot spring town Ginzan Onsen, the stunning snowscape Zao, Houjyu-san Risshaku-ji Temple standing above 1000 steps, are all things to do here. What's more, the local specialty foods, such as cod soup and Dondon-yaki, are also popular in Yamagata Prefecture.

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Ginzan Onsen

A Romantic Hot Spring Town Like Taisho Period That Lets Us Want To Wear Yukata For A Walk

Some Japanese wooden hotels stand along the Ginzan River and there are a lot of atmosphere in Ginzan hot spring town. After sunset, people wearing yukata walk here and there in the town lightened by gas lamps. You can feel the mood of the old period as if you go back in time.

Houjyu-san Risshaku-ji Temple

A Mountain Top Temple With More Than 1000 Stairs

Risshaku-ji Temple is familiar as a name 'yama-dera' (mountain temple) in Yamagata. There are more than 1000 stairs from the gate to the depths, and you can enjoy a fine view becoming more and more beautiful as you climb up the stairs.


Nostalgia Of Post-station Town! A Historical National Route & A Tangible Cultural Property Of Ushu-kaido Highway

Thinking about Sankin-kotai (a policy of Edo period) on the arched stone bridge built in Meiji period. Enter the old house and enjoy listening to the history in Tohoku dialect and hospitality.


Ice Monsters! Snow Trees Covered With Ice & Snow

These fir trees covered with snow and ice have so strange shapes that they're called 'Ice Monster'! On every around February, you can enjoy snow trees, skiing and walking at the top of the mountains in Zao, Yamagata Pref.

Kubo Zakura OF Isazawa

A Beautiful Old Cherry Blossom Tree, Kubo Zakura Of Isazawa, One Of Okitama Cherry Blossom Corridor

In Okitama, a southern part of Yamagata Prefecture, there're some single old cherry blossom trees like a corridor. Among them, Kubo Zakura of Isazawa is famous. It's lit up at night, and the 1200 years old cherry tree has elegant and tasteful atmosphere!

Sakata Firework Show

The Wide Starmine Filled Up The Sky Above The Mogami River

The biggest attraction of Sakata Firework Show is The Wide Starmine expanding as long as 2 km in width. With music, the colorful fireworks paint over the sky, it's very impressive moment.