YamagataYamagata has been called 'hidden' Japan and is definitely not on the regular tourist routes. It is Japan's largest prefecture and you can find it along the Sea of Japan coast in southern Tohoku. In Yamagata, you can visit ancient temples, enjoy amazing skiing in the winter, try delicious local food and experience colorful summer festivals. Especially interesting for foodies, Yamagata is famous for cherries, in fact, 70% of Japan’s cherries are grown here! Imoni is a local stew made with taro, beef, konnyaku, sugar, soy sauce and miso. And for ramen lovers, Yamagata is quite serious about their ramen and boasts the highest consumption rate in all of Japan. Yamagata city and the cities of Sakata, Yonezawa, and Nanyo each have their own special types of ramen for you to enjoy.
Places to visit in Yamagata
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Ginzan Onsen is a hot spring town that consists of only one street with shops and ryokan (Japanese inns) lining each side of it, and a small stream flowing down the middle. It is said that this is the place that inspired the location for Miyazaki Hayao's famou
Zao Onsen Ski Resort
Zao Onsen Ski Resort is a popular area for winter sports and is located close to the hot spring resort of Zao. The area is known for its juhyo (frozen trees, also called "snow monsters"), a rare phenomenon that is only visible in this particular area.
Zao Onsen Hot Spring
Located in the mountains of Yamagata Prefecture, this hot spring is renown for its sulfurous spring waters—which are said to ameliorate skin conditions—and many surrounding traditional inns and hotels. The spring is sometimes called "hime no yu" (Hot Spring fo
The Bunsho-kan is an old European style building that was built for other purposes, but is now used as a museum of Yamagata prefecture and its culture.
Kajo Park (Yamagata Castle Remains)
Yamagata Castle was a castle built in 1356 by Lord Shiba Kaneyori.
This aquarium is a 2-floor complex that houses a variety of marine animals, fish and many other species. Kamo Aquarium's special focus lies on jellyfish, with its new Jellyfish Dream Hall, workshops and lectures. The aquarium also organizes sea lion shows.
Domeki Onsen is a hot-spring located amid an expanse of paddy fields in Yamagata. The outside bath has no roof and looks out over the fields.
APA Hotel Yamagata Ekimae Odori
APA Hotel Yamagata Ekimae Odori is located a 7-minute walk from Yamagata Train Station and provides modern and well-equipped rooms with flat-screen TVs and free wired internet.
Toyoko Inn Yonezawa Ekimae
Just a 3-minute walk from JR Yonezawa Station, the Toyoko Inn offers air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi. It provides chargeable massages, a launderette and free-use computers and a printer.
Hotel Route-Inn Yonezawa Ekihigashi
Hotel Route-Inn Yonezawa Ekihigashi offers modern accommodations with free wired internet and a free breakfast buffet. Guests can rent laptops at the front desk and relax in the soothing hot public bath.
Comfort Hotel Yamagata
A 2-minute walk from JR Yamagata Train Station, Comfort Hotel Yamagata welcomes guests with a cup of coffee, and treats them to free Wi-Fi and a free breakfast buffet featuring freshly baked bread rolls. Coffee machines are also p
Located a 5-minute drive from JR Akayu Train Station, Morinoyu offers indoor and outdoor hot spring baths, and simple yet stylish rooms with modern amenities. Free WiFi access is available at public areas.
Located in Zao Pension Village, Pension Apple features a large award-winning garden, a 24-hour indoor bath and an open-air bath that overlooks the valley. It offers bicycle rentals and a free shuttle to/from Yamagata Zao Onsen Ski
Comfort Hotel Tendo
Comfort Hotel Tendo is conveniently located in front of the JR Tendo Station of the Ouu main line/JR Yamagata Shinkansen and less than six kilometres from the Yamagata Airport.