Leisure / Hobbies Spots in Yamagata Area

  • Zao Onsen Ski Resort
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    4.5
    336 Reviews
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    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.

    Such a great ski resort and all is great. You can spend 4 days for skiing and enjoy the speed and scenery passing by you when skiing. After the daily ski, in the evening you can enjoy the hot spring...

  • Tsuruoka City Kamo Aquarium
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    4.5
    468 Reviews
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    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.

    A small ,rather old place, but excellent to see jellyfish.And eat icecream containing jellyfish,very tasty,with the chewy bits being the jellyfish. Many of the tanks being rather small for the amount...

  • Tsuruoka Park (Tsurugaoka Castle ruins)
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    4.0
    97 Reviews
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    Yamagata Pref. Tsuruokashi Babachou 4
    Built around the ruins of Tsurugaoka Castle, Tsuruoka Park, sprawling in the center of Tsuruoka City, is a renowned destination for cherry blossom viewing in spring. 730 cherry trees grow on the park’s ground, particularly around the castle’s moat, and in spring the tree’s petals cover the waters of the moat. Also selected as one of the 100 best places in Japan for cherry blossom viewing, each year around April the park bustles with great numbers of visitors come to enjoy the flowers. Shonai-jinja Shrine stands on the site where the tower of Tsurugaoka Castle once stood, and the shrine’s treasure house displays various items connected with the lords who once ruled the domain from here. Some of the park’s many other highlights include an ancient Japanese cedar several hundred years old, and a museum dedicated to Tsuruoka-born author Shuhei Fujioka.

    We visited the park on 21 Apr and it was the time for full bloom. The park wasnt overcrowded and there were many stalls for food and games. There are buses from train station to the park but they...

  • Denkoku-no-Mori Yonezawa City Uesugi Museum
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    Yamagata Pref. Yonezawashi Marunouchi 1-2-1
    A museum dedicated to the Uesugi clan. Take a bus from Yonezawa Station and get off at the “Uesugijinja-mae” stop. The museum building incorporates traditional Japanese elements and is designed to mesh well with the surrounding scenery. Its collection of several thousand items relating to the Uesugi clan includes National Treasure-designated folding screens depicting the streets of Kyoto at the time from overhead, and the Uesugi-ke Monjo, a large collection of ancient writings and documents. Highlights include an exhibit in the museum’s permanent display collection which uses CG to give visitors a glimpse into the culture and lifestyle of the world of the Uesugi foling screens, as well as the Yozan Theater exhibit, which dramatizes the reforms Uesugi Yozan implemented in the domain’s government.

    かなり久しぶりに米沢市に来たら、立派なホールができていて、驚きました。 このホールは、山形県立の「置賜文化ホール」と米沢市立の「米沢市上杉博物館」からなる県と市の合築施設との事です。 常設展示室では、上杉の歴史と文化をテーマに構成されていました。 「上杉本洛中洛外図屏風」の中を疑似体験できる「洛中洛外図の世界」があり、また鷹山公の実像や改革の苦難時代を紹介する「鷹山シアター」を体験しました。 初め...

  • Chido Museum
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    4.0
    60 Reviews
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    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.

    鶴岡市のど真ん中、鶴岡公園の隣に有ります。 駐車場完備です。 入館料は800円。 敷地内には、旧庄内藩ゆかりの建物や、明治維新後の官公庁舎を移築されています。 沢山あるので、全部中を覗くと、それなりの時間がかかります。 旧藩主(酒井家)の御子孫は、未だに鶴岡にお住まいのようです。

  • Yamagata Museum of Art
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    4.0
    54 Reviews
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    Yamagata Pref. Yamagatashi Otemachi 1-63
    This museum is located across the way to the east of Kajo Park in Ote-machi, Yamagata City. Exhibited here are not only the Japanese works of Matsuo Basho's Three Mountains of Dewa writings, Yosa Buson's The Narrow Road through the Provinces scroll, but also a collection of Modern French works including Monet and Renoir. The museum also hosts various planned exhibits related to the collections, the Yamagata General Art Exhibits, local art exhibits, photography exhibits, and calligraphy exhibits.

    Living in Paris, I go quite often to Orsay or marmottan museums. The 40 paintings exposed (monet, pissaro, van dongen, Chagall,... ) are very fine. There are very well representating the period...

  • Mogami Yoshiaki Historical Museum
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    4.0
    56 Reviews
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    Yamagata Yamagata-shi Otemachi 1-53
    This museum is on Koen-dori Street in Otemachi, Yamagata City. Located on the ruins of Komyo-ji temple, which was the Bodaiji temple holding the remains of first Mogami Clan lord Shiba Kaneyori, and holds materials connected to the first Yamagata domain lord, Mogami Yoshiaki, and other members of the clan. They display martial pieces like swords and armor, as well as scrolls, paintings, and other valuable items.

    山形城跡の東側にあります。山形繁栄の基礎を築いた最上義光を中心に最上家関係の資料を収集、展示がされています。前には庭園があり、銅像もあります。文翔館といい、メジャーな文化歴史関係の施設が無料なのは山形はいいですね。

  • Yamagata Marugoto-kan Beni-no-Kura
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    54 Reviews
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    Yamagata Pref. Yamagatashi Tokamachi 2-1-8
    Located a 10 minute walk from JR Yamagata Station, this tourism and shopping facility focuses on seasonal Yamagata treats, delicacies, and products. The building was originally constructed as a warehouse and home for the Hasegawa safflower merchant family. In addition to restaurants, a souvenir shop, and direct farm shop selling local Yamagata agricultural products, the facility also hosts a tourist information center. At Beni-no-Kura, you can enjoy stone ground, handmade soba noodles; Italian cuisine made with traditional and seasonal vegetables; sweets, and more. At the souvenir shop and direct farm shop, you can purchase traditional Yamagata crafts, rare Japanese legacy vegetables, and other fresh agricultural products.

    山形駅から東に行った方向にあります。諏訪神社に行く途中に寄りました。かつて紅花商人であった長谷川家の蔵屋敷を活用した建物で、農産物の直売や観光情報の提供などをしています。建物は悪くないけど、何かを買うにはロケーション的に散策の途中であまり便利じゃないかも。

  • Yamagata Prefectural Museum
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    4.0
    53 Reviews
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    Yamagata Pref. Yamagatashi Kajoumachi 1-8
    Yamagata Prefectural Museum is made up of three facilities, the main building (Kajo Park, Yamagata City), the Educational Resources Museum (Midori Town, Yamagata City), and the Nature Study Park (Hataya, Yamanobe Town, Higashimurayama County). It’s an extensive museum where visitors can learn all about Yamagata. The main building exhibits the Jomon no Megami, a goddess figure from the Jomon period, and the Yamagata Daikaigyu, a mysterious looking sea cow fossil which swam the seas over nine million years ago, and exhibits of folk materials related to the production of rice. The museum is approximately 10 minutes by car from Yamagata Chuo Interchange on the Tohoku Chuo Expressway.

    城址公園内にある県立博物館、展示室は2階、展示内容は山形の自然&歴史の博物館。目玉の展示物は平成4年に道路工事現場で発見され平成24年に国宝指定された縄文の女神と小学生が見つけた大海牛のマナティやジュゴンの仲間のヤマガタダイカイギュウの化石。他には日本海の誕生と山形台地の成り立ちや出土された化石、植物や蝶・昆虫・鳥などの標本、縄文土器と弥生土器、古墳や稲作、律令体制下における出羽国、武士の台頭と最...

  • Tendo Park
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    46 Reviews
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    Yamagata Tendo-shi Tendo Shiroyama
    This park is in Tendoaza Shiroyama in Tendo City. Familiar to locals as a symbol of the city, there's an outlook on the summit with views of Mt. Gassan and the Mogami River, as well as a barbecue area. It's a popular cherry blossom spot, and they hold the Tendo Sakura Festival in the spring along with its famous Human Shogi (Japanese Chess) tournament.

    We were lucky enough to be there in Cherry Blossom Season. Not only were the Cherry Blossoms stunning, the view overlooking the city was lovely. A lovely walk and if you don’t want to walk too far...

  • Lina World
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    3.5
    29 Reviews
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    Yamagata Pref. Kaminoyamashi Kanakame Mizukami 108-1
    The largest comprehensive leisure land in the Tohoku region is approximately one kilometer from Yamagata-Kaminoyama Interchange. It has a total of 30 attractions on an extensive site such as the Ferris wheel painted in a Hello Kitty design popular with small children and thrilling roller coasters, some of the many cute rides made in collaboration with Sanrio. There is a variety of food available at the restaurant & cafe, such as curry and hamburgers. The park is closed during the winter from late November to early March.

    山形県で唯一の遊園地であり、東北三大遊園地です^^ 日本一暑い夏の記録を出した山形には必須のレジャー施設です

  • Homma Museum of Art
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    3.5
    31 Reviews
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    Yamagata Pref. Sakatashi Onarichou 7-7
    A garden and art museum a five minute walk from Sakata Station. Built as a garden and villa for the Homma family of wealthy merchants and landowners, the facility was opened to the public as a private art museum in 1947. The museum’s collection consists primarily of works of art passed down for generations in the Homma family, and the museum is filled with ancient writings, antiques, paintings, and other valuable artwork. Other highlights include the Seienkaku, a beautiful wood villa built in the Kyoto style; and the Kakubuen, a traditional garden built around a central pond celebrated as one of the best Japanese gardens in the country and renowned for the beauty of its fall foliage.

    さすが江戸時代から戦前まで豪商だった本間家の美術品です。日本国内でも著名な作者のオンパレードですね。撮影不可の作品も有りますが、ほとんどが撮影可なのが嬉しいです。私事ですが「真田太平記(池波正太郎作)」にも出ていた「小野通女」の作品を見られたことが嬉しく感じました。

  • Yamagata Prefectural General Sports Park
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    3.5
    13 Reviews
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    Yamagata Pref. Tendoushi Sannou 1-1
    Yamagata Prefectural General Sports Park is located in Tendo City, Yamagata Prefecture; it was opened in 1992 as a place for local people to participate in sporting and leisure activities, and as the venue for the 47th National Sports Festival of Japan (the “Benibana National Sports Festival”). This large Park includes an athletics stadium, a multi-purpose sports stadium, tennis courts, a baseball stadium, a soccer stadium, etc. There is also a children’s “Play Forest” with a long roller slide and lots of other play equipment, and the “Ikoi Plaza” where visitors can enjoy a relaxing stroll. The Park is used by people of all ages. The open-air swimming pool (which is only open in the summer months) has a “lazy river,” water slides, a special pool for young children, etc., and is very popular with children and families.

    久しぶりのNDスタジアム山形でのサッカー観戦。(ガンバがJ2いた頃なので2013年以来。)「山形vs松本」にお邪魔しました。 駐車場は無料な上、広々。スタグルは本当に種類が豊富でJリーグ屈指だと思います。スタジアムは、陸上競技場なのでピッチからはスタンドが離れています。屋根もない為、雨天時は雨具が必須。 スタジアムのフォルムが好き。バックスタンド側の山並み美しさが印象的。

  • Yamagata Museum of Science and Industry
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    3.5
    27 Reviews
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    Yamagata Yamagata-shi Jonanmachi 1-1-1 Kajo Central Uchi
    This science museum is in front of Yamagata Station West Exit, in Jonan-machi 1-Chome, Yamagata City. Their permanent exhibit is divided into three themed zones: Lifestyle / Industry & Environment, Yamagata Prefecture Manufacturing, and Science Plaza. They offer education on science and environmental problems through activities and displays, and they also offer observation of prefectural enterprises and their cutting edge technology. They also feature the Industrial Time Tunnel, which instructs visitors on the history of Yamagata's industry from the Edo period until the present day.

    山形駅すぐの霞城セントラルにあります。入場は4階からのみです。フロアごとに科学や工業に分かれて紹介されています。どちらかというと地元の人向けですが、霞城セントラルが観光客とって便利な施設があるので、無料ですしついでに見学するにも悪くないです。

  • Dewa Sanzan History Museum
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    3.5
    26 Reviews
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    Yamagata Pref. Tsuruokashi Haguromachitouge 7
    This museum is on the grounds of Dewa Sanzan Shrine. It displays materials related to the history and culture of Dewa Sanzan (the three mountains of Dewa), and has a collection of valuable items related to the time of Shugendo Buddhism, a syncretism of Shinto and Buddhism. It also has 190 of the 500 bronze mirrors excavated from the Kagami ike bronze excavation, displays statues of the Buddha, lantern poles, and more to attract countless shrine visitors. Open from late April through November.

    鶴岡駅から庄内交通バスでやく50分の場所、羽黒山山頂のバス停のすぐそばにある出羽三山歴史博物館。こんな山頂まで50分で訪れることにも驚きだが、こんな山頂にこんな大きな博物館があるのにも驚きだ。 博物館では出羽三山の歴史と文化をにかかわる資料出土したものが数多く展示されている。

  • Osho Fruit Farm
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    4.0
    20 Reviews
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    Yamagata Pref. Tendoushi Kawarago 1303
    This is a fruit farm along the Sekiyama Road in Kawarago, Tendo City. At approximately six hectares, the Sakuranbo House is proudly ranked as the largest cherry culture greenhouse in Japan, and the only hot house within Tendo City. You can enjoy picking cherries, grapes, peaches, apples and more during the peak harvest season between mid-May through mid-July. Also on this farm is a cafe offering fruit ice creams and parfaits, and a shop selling fruits, fruit products, and microbrew jizakes.

    2泊3日旅行で銀山温泉行く途中寄ってきました。店内は、桃やブドウ‥が売られていたり、桃やブドウを使ったパフェ‥食べれるようになっている。今の季節は、ブドウ狩もやっているので、ブドウ狩の説明ビデオが流れていた。桃のパフェを食べましたか、果肉は、和歌山や岡山、山梨、福島と違って堅めだった。(アイスは美味しかったよ)山形の桃は果肉が堅めらしいが、馴染みないのか、ゴリゴリに感じるので、柔らかい方が好きです...

  • Sakata City Museum of Art
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    4.0
    19 Reviews
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    Yamagata Pref. Sakatashi Imoriyama 3-17-95
    This museum, founded in 1997, displays on permanent exhibit the western works of Shigeru Morita, Tsunero Kokuryo, and Chozo Saito, and the sculptor Tsuyoshi Takahashi. From inside its spacious 30,000 m2 grounds and the 3,000 m2 structure, one can overlook Sakata City, Mt. Chokai and Mogami River. On site is a temporary exhibit hall and a community gallery made available for the local residents.

    気になった展覧会があると訪れています。鳥海山をのぞめる高台にあるため、気持ちがいいです。鑑賞後、喫茶店で景色をながめながら飲むコーヒーもよりおいしく感じます。

  • Hiroshige Museum of Art
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    3.5
    21 Reviews
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    Yamagata Pref. Tendoushi Kamatahonchou 1-2-1
    This museum is in Tendo City, Yamagata Prefecture. The museum preserves and displays the work of Utagawa Hiroshige, the famous artist know for the 53 historic stages on the historic Tokaido Road. Utagawa Hiroshige had connections with the Tendo domain and this relationship is introduced at the museum, where one can also take in drawings in his own hand and ukiyoe prints created on behest of the Tendo clan. There is a sword archive corner and a collection of engraved stamps by Kataoka Ginsaku as well as displays of valuable inscribed Gassan style swords. The museum shop sells Utagawa Hiroshige related ukiyoe goods, as well as other artists' items, and the specialty, Gassan washi paper goods.

    こじんまりしていて良かったが、イメージしていたのとちょっと違って、もう少し展示と説明があったらなお良かったと思いました。

  • Yamadera Goto Museum of Art
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    20 Reviews
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    Yamagata Yamagata-shi Yamadera 2982-3
    This art gallery is located along Prefectural Route 62 in Yamadera, Yamagata City. The gallery features a collection from local industrialist, Suejiro Goto. The majority of the collection falls in the Academism style, Barbizon style or other European schools, but there are also sculptures, porcelain panel paintings, glass crafts and more split into two exhibits: “The world of European paintings” and “The art nouveau world of fantastic glass.” There is also an observation rest room overlooking the expansive nature of the Yamadera area.

    山寺ミュージアムめぐり共通チケットを利用しました。 出入口の近くに、イエスが小屋で生まれた絵画があります。博士達が天使に導かれて訪ねてくるのですが、その愛くるしい天使に引き込まれました。額縁も見入ってしまい、最後にもう一度見たい作品となりました。 モデスト・カルリエの花といちごのある静物、花は儚い人生を表すとともに果実をもたらすことから、キリスト教では望徳(後世において終わりなき幸福を得られ...

  • TAKAHASHI Fruit Land HATAKE Cafe Main Restaurant
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    16 Reviews
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    Yamagata Pref. Kaminoyamashi Amidachi Shiozaki Mae 1368-3
    This tourist fruit farm offers cherry, grape, and pear picking in their various seasons. The grounds also host the HATAKE cafe, which serves up seasonal fruit parfaits packed with fresh, juicy fruit. The terrace in back is popular for the feeling it gives of eating right in the middle of the fields.

    中心部からは離れた立地です。何度かうかがっていますが週末は混んでいます。果樹園ですがフルーツパフェもいただけて人気です。時間に余裕をもって行かれるといいと思います。

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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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