Yamagata 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.

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Yamagata Food Guide

Yamagata DashiYamagata Dashi, while at first may sound like a type of soup, is actually a series of finely chopped vegetables and condiments, seasoned with soy sauce and served on top of some steaming hot rice. Some restaurants will add Okra in it to give it g

Yamagata Access Guide

Yamagata prefecture is relatively accessible by train, plane and bus. The prefecture has its own dedicated airport, as well as a station connected by Shinkansen to Tokyo, and Express buses that go to and from Tokyo and Yamagata Station. While not necessarily c

Yamagata 1-day-tour Itinerary

Most of Yamagata tourist destinations, aside from some that are incredibly far off or require cars like the Ginzan Onsen, are within easy train distance from the main Yamagata Station. Therefore, you can clear most of the tourist destinations within a day, and