Best Tourist Spots In Yamagata

Here're best Tourist Spots in Yamagata. We released a ranking of reviews about Tourist Spots posted by travel influencers who have actually been to Yamagata.

Review Ranking

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Ginzan Onsen

4 Review

Address:Ginzanshinhata, Obanazawa-shi, Yamagata

Access:60 min by car, from Higashine IC

It used to be a flourishing place for mining silver, and recently it is a popular hot spring resort where you can enjoy the old townscape. I was impressed by the beautiful cityscape more than I expected. Even if you don't stay, the car park is located about 5 minutes walk from the old town.

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Address:4456-1 Yamadera Yamagata-shi Yamagata, Yamagata-shi, Yamagata

Access:By car, 15 min from Yamagata North IC, 30 min from Yamagata Station, 30 min from Yamagata Airport. 10 min walk from Yamadera Station.

Tel:023-695-2843

Hours:8:00-17:00

The Risshaku-ji shrine is known as a mountain shrine appears in haiku composed by Basho. Its snowscape is as good as the season of singing cicadas. When you visit the shrine, please be careful where you step.

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Address:657-1 Imaizumiokubo, Tsuruoka-shi, Yamagata, Japan

Access:10 min by car, from Uzenoyama Station

Tel:0235-33-3036

Hours:9:00-17:00

The only aquarium in Yamagata prefecture. The appearance of various jellyfish floating is fantastic and soothing. In particular, the aquarium "Jellyfish Dream Theater" where about 10,000 moon jellyfish float is a masterpiece! It is a recommended sightseeing spot in Yamagata because it is full of attractions other than jellyfish such as sea lion shows and the admission fee is 1000 yen, which is a reasonable price. It is crowded on Saturdays and Sundays, so it is recommended to visit on weekdays or at the same time as the museum opens at 9 am.

4

Zao

4 Review

Address:Zao Onsen, Yamagata-shi, Yamagata

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.◎Access: take bus from Yamagata Station to Zao Onsen Hot Spring Town. Parking lot is available for cars. Take ropeway from Zao Onsen, and you can see the snow trees from the mountain top. By the way, humid coldness is unbearable, you must make doubly sure for winter clothes!

5

Address:2021 Kami Isazawa, Nagai-shi, Yamagata

Access:By car, 10 min from Nagai Station, parking area is available.

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!◎10 min by car from Nagai Station, and the parkin area is available. If you can't drive a car, it's better to take part in some tour.

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Address:Sakaeda Miyanoura, Sakata-shi, Yamagata

Access:By car or taxi, 10 min from JR Sakata Station, 110 min from Yamagata Station, 70 min from Shinjo Station, or 110 min from Yamagata Airport.

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.

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Narageshuku

1 Review

Address:Narage, Kaminoyama-shi, Yamagata

Tel:023-674-3125

Hours:9:00-16:45

Closed:Mon

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.

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Ginzan Onsen

4 Review

Address:Ginzanshinhata, Obanazawa-shi, Yamagata

Access:60 min by car, from Higashine IC

Ginzan Onsen hot spring has a nostalgic townscape like you go time travel in romantic Taisho Period because it has 500 years history as an onsen town. There're some onsen facilities you can use without staying for the night!

Architectures

Address:4456-1 Yamadera Yamagata-shi Yamagata, Yamagata-shi, Yamagata

Access:By car, 15 min from Yamagata North IC, 30 min from Yamagata Station, 30 min from Yamagata Airport. 10 min walk from Yamadera Station.

Tel:023-695-2843

Hours:8:00-17:00

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.

Restaurants

Address:578-5 Hango Zao, Yamagata-shi, Yamagata

Access:By car or taxi, 8 min from Zao Station, or 30 min from Yamagata Station.

Tel:023-666-3303

Hours:11:00-18:00

Closed:Thu,2nd・4th Sat

Garden Cafe Nishiki offers Japanese sweets that you can taste the natural foodstuffs of Yamagata like Ohagi with Dadacha-mame bean flour which is a specialty of this area. A tea time while you see the garden with seasonal beautiful nature is the best thing to feel relaxed.◎Open 11:00-18:00. Close: Thursdays, the second and forth Saturdays.

Summer Destinations

Address:4456-1 Yamadera Yamagata-shi Yamagata, Yamagata-shi, Yamagata

Access:By car, 15 min from Yamagata North IC, 30 min from Yamagata Station, 30 min from Yamagata Airport. 10 min walk from Yamadera Station.

Tel:023-695-2843

Hours:8:00-17:00

You can enjoy the tranquil scenery in off-season all to yourself. Climbing up the steps, and you can have the whole view of Risshaku-ji Temple.

Area

Yamagata-shi

Address:4456-1 Yamadera Yamagata-shi Yamagata, Yamagata-shi, Yamagata

Access:By car, 15 min from Yamagata North IC, 30 min from Yamagata Station, 30 min from Yamagata Airport. 10 min walk from Yamadera Station.

Tel:023-695-2843

Hours:8:00-17:00

The Risshaku-ji shrine is known as a mountain shrine appears in haiku composed by Basho. Its snowscape is as good as the season of singing cicadas. When you visit the shrine, please be careful where you step.

Nagai-shi

Address:2021 Kami Isazawa, Nagai-shi, Yamagata

Access:By car, 10 min from Nagai Station, parking area is available.

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!◎10 min by car from Nagai Station, and the parkin area is available. If you can't drive a car, it's better to take part in some tour.

Tsuruoka-shi

Address:657-1 Imaizumiokubo, Tsuruoka-shi, Yamagata, Japan

Access:10 min by car, from Uzenoyama Station

Tel:0235-33-3036

Hours:9:00-17:00

The only aquarium in Yamagata prefecture. The appearance of various jellyfish floating is fantastic and soothing. In particular, the aquarium "Jellyfish Dream Theater" where about 10,000 moon jellyfish float is a masterpiece! It is a recommended sightseeing spot in Yamagata because it is full of attractions other than jellyfish such as sea lion shows and the admission fee is 1000 yen, which is a reasonable price. It is crowded on Saturdays and Sundays, so it is recommended to visit on weekdays or at the same time as the museum opens at 9 am.

Obanazawa-shi

Ginzan Onsen

4 Review

Address:Ginzanshinhata, Obanazawa-shi, Yamagata

Access:60 min by car, from Higashine IC

It used to be a flourishing place for mining silver, and recently it is a popular hot spring resort where you can enjoy the old townscape. I was impressed by the beautiful cityscape more than I expected. Even if you don't stay, the car park is located about 5 minutes walk from the old town.

Kaminoyama-shi

Narageshuku

1 Review

Address:Narage, Kaminoyama-shi, Yamagata

Tel:023-674-3125

Hours:9:00-16:45

Closed:Mon

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.

Sakata-shi

Address:Sakaeda Miyanoura, Sakata-shi, Yamagata

Access:By car or taxi, 10 min from JR Sakata Station, 110 min from Yamagata Station, 70 min from Shinjo Station, or 110 min from Yamagata Airport.

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.

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