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  • Zao Onsen Ski Resort
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamagata Pref. Yamagatashi Zaouonsen 708-1
    This is a ski resort located in Zao Onsen Yamagata City Yamagata Prefecture boasting the largest land area in Tohoku. The courses have a wide variety of length and inclines and it is also enjoyed by school excursion parties as well as families and couples. The upper ice-field course offers a wide view of the signature frost-covered trees. Seeing the magical frost-covered trees illuminated at night is a must. The Zao Onsen town spreads out from the mountain’s foot.
  • Tsuruoka City Kamo Aquarium
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamagata Pref. Tsuruokashi Imaizumi Okubo 657-1
    This is an aquarium in Tsuruoka City, Yamagata Prefecture, the prefecture’s only one, with the nickname “Jellyfish Dream Hall.” It is known for displaying over 50 kinds of jellyfish and holds a Guinness World Record in this field. The biggest highlight is about 2,000 moon jellyfish swimming in a large water tank five meters in diameter. An exhibition corner of Shonai’s freshwater and saltwater fish, a sea lion show, and the black-tail gull feeding are all popular. There is also a complete exhibition area for children.
  • Uesugi-jinja Shrine
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamagata Pref. Yonezawashi Marunouchi 1-4-13
    A Shinto shrine located in Marunouchi, Yonezawa City, Yamagata Prefecture. The shrine is dedicated to Uesugi Kenshin, a famous commander during the Warring States period and ancestor of the future lord of Yonezawa Domain. The shrine was built on the site of Yonezawa Castle in 1876 and designated an Imperial Shrine of Special Status in 1902. The shrine was destroyed in the Great Yonezawa Fire in 1919; the current buildings were reconstructed in 1923, and visitors can view the beautiful Japanese architecture of the shrine’s main shrine and front shrine. Treasures passed down in the Uesugi clan are kept in the shrine’s Keishoden hall, and many tourists come to view them year round.
  • Shichiemongama Pottery
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    4.0
    1 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamagata Pref. Yamagatashi Hirashimizu 153
    At the southern foot of Mt. Chitose in Hirashimizu within Yamagata Prefecture's Yamagata City is “Hirashimizuyaki” pottery, which holds history passed down from the Edo period. There are over 300 artisan-made items on display and for sale. There are (paid) ceramics experience classes, and by crafting with a hand-cranked rokuro, or potter's wheel and doing their own painting, guests can create a truly unique piece. It is baked and shipped out after a month or so. Ceramics classes are open from 9 am-3 pm.

    陶芸体験ができる施設です。予約なしでふらっと立ち寄れるにも関わらず、スタッフの人が丁寧に教えてくれます。 手軽さが気に入り、何度も利用しています。作品の仕上げの色などもいろいろ選べて満足度が高いです。

  • Zao Ropeway
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    4.0
    167 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamagata Pref. Yamagatashi Zaouonsen 229-3
    This is a ropeway operating at Zao Onsen, Yamagata City, Yamagata Prefecture, running from Zao Sanroku Station in Zao Onsen town to Juhyo-Kogen Station, and from Juhyo-Kogen Station to Jizo Sanchou Station in Zao Jizoson. Winter season demand is high from skiers who want transport and visitors to the Juyo Light Up Event, and in summer it is used by many mountain climbers. By using a gondola named “Funitel” one can have a pleasant ride without any harsh humps or bumps. In all four seasons, from autumn leaves to frost-covered trees to new spring ones, a visitor can enjoy all of the splendid nature Zao has to offer.

    The area is very much a paradise for hiking enthusiasts but even a casual traveller can get up Jizoyama for a small hike. A return-ticket from the base costs about 2,800yen and you take two ropeways...

  • Zao Onsen Dai Rotenburo
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    4.5
    167 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Yamagata Pref. Yamagatashi Zaouonsen Arai-ku 853-3
    A famous big open-air bath at the highest point in Zao Onsen town. An open-air bath for men and women made alongside the mountain stream, with capacity for 200 people. An open construction surrounded by Zao’s nature, it is a popular spot for enjoying the hot spring or peaceful walk through the woods. The hot spring water is of the highly acidic sulfur variety, also called the “beauty maker.” It is closed from December to the following March. Take the Yamako Bus to its last stop in the “Zao Onsen” direction.

    Fantastic to sit in a hot spring in the middle of nature - all the greenery around me when I was there. A couple of big pools. You need to walk down a set of stairs to get to the washing area...

  • Shinzaemon no Yu
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    4.0
    5 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Yamagata Pref. Yamagatashi Zaouonsen Kawamae 905
    A day-trip bathing facility in Kawamae, Zao Onsen, Yamagata City, Yamagata Prefecture, with four types of baths available for men and women to enjoy including the 100% source water “Mogami Takayu” and “Shiroku (4/6) no Yu” a blend of source water for people with weaker disposition. Both open-air and indoor baths are spacious with an open construction. There is also an attached restaurant where one can enjoy local specialties including Yamagata beef shabu-shabu and soba noodles. There is also a free rest room in which to spend the whole day relaxing.

    日帰り温泉が楽しめる湯の花茶屋では、山形名物馬喰鍋が提供されていた。馬力を付けるべく食したが、臭みもなく出汁も旨く味わえた。Zaoセンタープラザで日帰り温泉入るより断然良かった

  • Otochaya
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    4.0
    21 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamagata Pref. Yamagatashi Zaouonsen 935-24
    A cafe-restaurant in Zao Onsen, Yamagata City, Yamagata Prefecture, attracting visitors with its warm atmosphere and wood-fire stove. The interior has a home-made feel, the perfect spot for a moment's rest between skiing and hot spring exploring. Enjoy the taste of specialty Chinese tea, organic coffee, local Yamagata Beef cuisine, and original curry. Works and accessories made by Yamagata artists are also on display and for sale.

    Good selection of decent pub food. Awesome craft beers. Good music, atmosphere and service. Menu not huge but quality was great and meals were a big size

  • Hagurosan Saikan
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamagata Pref. Tsuruokashi Haguromachitouge 7
    This facility offering food and accommodation is located on the grounds of Dewasanzan Shrine, in Haguro Town, Tsuruoka City, Yamagata Prefecture. As a temple originally named “Kezouin,” it is the last remaining building to have been lived in by Haguro mountain priests. One can enjoy the delicate and exquisite taste of seasonal mountain vegetables and mushrooms picked from the foot of Dewasanzan, used in vegetarian cuisine and said to have entertained the poet Matsuo Basho, famous for writing “Oku no Hosomichi” (The Narrow Road to Oku). Accommodation is available but there are few private rooms, most being partitioned rooms amidst a larger one.
  • Chido Museum
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    4.0
    35 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamagata Pref. Tsuruokashi Kachushinmachi 10-18
    This is a museum in Kachu-Shinmachi Town, Turuoka City, Yamagata Prefecture which stores and displays 5,350 important items that fall under eight varieties of Important Tangible Folk-Cultural Properties relating to the heritage of the Shonai area. The museum takes its name from the Chidokan, the Shonai Clan’s samurai school, and items relating to that school are also on display. Several historical buildings such as the former Nishitagawa District Office and the old Tsurugaoka Police Station which are also important cultural properties were dismantled and rebuilt on the premises, which were the site of the Tsurugaoka Castle’s san-no-maru and the official residence of the Sakai family, the domain lord. The beautiful garden in shoin-zukuri style (a traditional style of Japanese residential architecture) is also worth seeing.

    致道館の次は致道博物館を訪問しよう。しゃれた建物が多い。まずは旧西田川郡役所、ついで旧庄内藩主御隠殿、更に旧警察署庁舎を見学。庭が案外いい。

  • Studio Sedic Shonai Open Set
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    3.5
    9 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamagata Pref. Tsuruokashi Haguromachikawadai Higashimasukawayama 102
    This is a photo spot and tourist facility in Haguro Town, Tsuruoka City, Yamagata Prefecture, open to the public mainly as a set for shooting period piece films. It is famous as the location for well-known films including “Departures,” “Zatoichi THE LAST” and “Time Scoop Hunter.” Shooting sets are dotted around the vast 88-hectare (880,000m²) area, and aside from urban areas one can also see various locations including mountain settlements, fishing villages and inn towns. Excursion buses operating in the area cost 500 yen for the day.

    周遊バスには乗らず、徒歩のみでみてまわりました。 丁度撮影をしていました。 撮影をしている近くには近寄ることはできませんでした(まぁ当たり前ですが) 撮影スタッフの方が観光客をきちんとチェックしていて、iPhoneなどをバッグから取り出そうとするだけで注意を受けました(撮影や俳優さんなどを動画や写真で撮ったりしないためにチェックしている) たまたま居合わせただけですが、撮影にこちらの場所が使わ...

  • Bukeyashiki District (Kaminoyama Onsen)
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamagata Pref. Kaminoyamashi Tsuruhagichou 1
    Samurai residences stand to the northwest of the Kamiyama Castle, constructed in the 1535. The remaining four samurai residences have hook-shaped thatched rooves, with main and separate servant entrances built in typical samurai architectural style. The Miwa family residence and the former Sogabe residence is open to the public for viewing. You can take a look inside the building and also view the garden. Entry into the Miwa house requires an admission fee.
  • Sandinista
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamagata Pref. Yamagatashi Kasumichou 2-3-35 eighth building B1F
    This music lounge is near Yamagata Station's East Exit, and has a high-quality sound system that can be used for the performances of both DJs and bands, giving it the strong support of artists from a wide range of music genres. They regularly hold club events where you can enjoy DJ performances and live concerts by bands, and it is crowded day after day with many music lovers.
  • Tozawahan Funabansho
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    3.5
    7 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamagata Pref. Mogamiguntozawamura Furukuchi 86-1
    This river port is about five minutes on foot from JR Furukuchi Station. It serves sightseeing boats that ply the Mogami River towards Kawa-no-Eki Mogamikyo Kusanagi. The Mogami River Basho Line Descent lets visitors take in the scenery from the river while listening to the songs of the quirky boatmen. You can get a meal along with the boat ride if you reserve in advance, and passengers who come on their own are welcome. They offer a limited period cruise course, and the boat itself transforms with the seasons with bamboo shades replacing the roof in summer and heated low kotatsu tables installed for winter.

    船番所に別棟で芭蕉庵というそば屋さんができてました。季節限定の鮎の天ぷら付き蕎麦を食べました。鮎の天ぷらがとても美味しかった。

  • az nanokamachi
    Shopping
    Yamagata Pref. Yamagatashi Nanukamachi 1-2-39
    A shopping mall and multipurpose complex situated along the Ushu Highway east of Kajo Park. The eight floor building consists of shopping between floors one and three and the Yamagata City Central Community Center from floors four through eight. The shopping area primarily consists of stores selling women's clothing and other apparel as well as all sorts of life necessities and niceties, from jewelry to glasses and bags. The Yamagata Geibun Museum is also located on floor 2 and sells and holds exhibitions of works of art by local artists. Community center facilities include a library, performance hall, and gallery.
  • Cafe I'rasgayna
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamagata Pref. Obanazawashi Ginzanshimbata 438
    Standing in front of Shirogane Bridge, the entrance to the Ginzan Onsen hot spring resort town, Cafe I’rasgayna is characterized by its open and airy deck area. The café’s menu primarily consists of coffee and soft drinks; takeout orders also accepted. Cafe I’rasgayna also rents kimono and will provide you with the perfect kimono ensemble for strolling amidst the old-fashioned, “Taisho Roman” style buildings of Ginzan Onsen. Staffs provide assistance with putting on kimono, insuring that even people who have never worn it before strolling through around there.
  • Hoshuyama Risshakuji Temple
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamagata Pref. Yamagatashi Yamadera 4456-1
    A temple of the Tendai sect, Hoshuyama Risshakuji is located across the Tachiya River from JR Yamadera Station on the Senzan Line. Normally called “Yamadera”, it was opened by Ennin in 860 by decree of Emperor Seiwa. Currently, it is designated a Zao Quasi-National Park, with 1,090,000 square meters green lot with about 30 towers—the most historic holy mountain in the Tohoku region. A famous haiku poet Matsuo Basho wrote “Shizukasa ya iwa ni shimiiru semi no koe (Such stillness / The cries of the cicadas / Sink into the rocks)” here. Its remnants remain as “semi-zuka,” and many poets like Mokichi Saito have poems inscribed here.
  • Sankyo Warehouse Sakata Yume-no-Kura
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    4.0
    27 Reviews
    Shopping
    Yamagata Pref. Sakatashi Sankyomachi 1-1-20
    Standing near the Nagasaki Ohashi Bridge, Sankyo Warehouse, built in 1893, is still used as an agricultural storehouse today. A portion of the warehouse was remodeled and opened as Sakata Yume-no-Kura, a tourism facility and collection of shops selling local products. The Hana-no-Yakata museum presents the history of Sakata City and its culture through exhibits and informational panels. The facility has an open terrace and restaurants serving light meals, and visitors can enjoy Tsuya-hime soft serve ice cream and Tama-konnyaku, local specialties. There is also a corner selling seafood products, Shonai rice, and other top Yamagata souvenirs.

    The entrance to the store offers a range of local sakes, some you can taste for 100yen or so. Inside the store there are seasonal and long-selling sweets from famous sweet shops from all over Sakata...

  • Yamagata Kanko Bussan Kaikan, Gutto Yamagata
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    4.0
    35 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamagata Pref. Yamagatashi Omotezaou 68
    Located just off the Yamagata Kaminoyama Interchange on the Tohoku Chuo Expressway, Yamagata Kanko Bussan Kaikan “Gutto Yamagata” is a tourist destination with many attractive features. Special attractions include The Street of 100-Year-Old Shops and the sections where Yamagata saké and other famous food ingredients and products from Yamagata Prefecture. Just inside the entrance is an event plaza, where local governments, businesses, and others in the prefecture hold events daily as efforts to promote Yamagata.

    山形上山ICの近くです。ここに行けば、山形のものが全て揃う位のスケールのあるお店です。イートインコーナーも広々しています。試食も結構あり、漬け物やご飯のお供を実際に食べて選ぶことができます。ちゃんとウェットティッシュもあり、清潔感があります。山形に行ったら是非立ち寄ってほしい場所です。

  • Yonezawagyu Dining Bekoya
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    4.0
    72 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamagata Pref. Yonezawashi Higashi 3-2-34
    This yakiniku restaurant specializes in Yonezawa beef, and is located a - three-minute walk from Yonezawa Station. A transported old civilian home, the harmonious relaxed interior is divided into near-private rooms, making it a popular place for savoring high-quality Yonezawa beef. The yakiniku and sukiyaki are divided into corners depending on the meal, and the steak corner features a fun performance with dramatic cooking on the iron skillets on the counter. The weekday lunch set lets you eat a good amount of Yonezawa beef for a reasonable price, so it is recommended.

    We stopped by this restaurant on the way back to Tokyo from Sendai. First, you take a Yamabiko Bullet Train from Sendai to Fukushima and transfer to a Tsubasa Bullet Train at Fukushima and go to...

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Although often overlooked, Yamagata prefecture by no means lacks appeal: the Yamadera temple trail through the mountains, deliciously tender Yonezawa wagyu, and over 100 steaming hot springs, most notably Zao Onsen, await visitors. When winter comes, the snowcapped peaks become dotted with skiers by day and onsen-goers by night, while summer brings the celebration of juicy Yamagata cherries.

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