Leisure / Hobbies Spots in Yamagata Area

  • Zao Onsen Ski Resort
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    4.5
    330 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...

  • Denkoku-no-Mori Yonezawa City Uesugi Museum
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    3.5
    88 Reviews
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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.

    館内が清潔。ここは好感が持てた。ただし常設展示室は展示品が少ないので物足りない。 ここには、国宝の「上杉本洛中洛外図屏風」が収蔵されているのだが、私が行った日は公開されていなかった。 そこも、物足りなさに拍車をかけた。 複製は展示されていたが、やはり新しくて重々しさが感じられない。

  • Tsuruoka City Kamo Aquarium
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    3.5
    3 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.

    ランチタイムのみの営業で閉店後でもカウンターでアイスクリームと玉こんにゃくを販売している。アイスクリームにはクラゲが入っているが無しも頼める。 歩き疲れたらここで休憩したいが狭いスペースである

  • Yamagata Museum of Art
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    4.0
    51 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...

  • Homma Museum of Art
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    4.0
    70 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.

    Honma Museum of Art was a quick ten minute walk from the train station. The museum itself was quite disappointing and hardly worth the trip for its small exhibition that didn’t allow photos. First...

  • 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.

    if you come with family I can recommend there. free pass just 3900yen. you can play all day. also many restaurant inside.

  • Mogami Yoshiaki Historical Museum
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    4.0
    54 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.

    入館料無料の「最上義光歴史館」です。「山形に最上義光あり」という感じでした。 戦国時代から江戸時代前期にかけての出羽国の大名である「最上義光」ですが、大まかにいうと、山形城を中心とした当時の山形県の街つくりに貢献したとわかるような展示だった覚えがあります。 「山形に最上義光あり」という感じでした。入場料無料なので訪れても良いかもです。

  • Yamagata Marugoto-kan Beni-no-Kura
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    4.0
    51 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.

    山形に来たら絶対食すのが冷たい肉そば。これまで3店で食してみましたが、宿から近い場所で探したのが同店です。蔵を改装した建物は趣があります。迷わず注文した冷たい肉そばが運ばれてきました。今までに経験したことのない冷やし具合。味がぼんやりして引き立ってこないのは、この冷やし過ぎによるものかどうかは判断がつきにくかったです

  • Chido Museum
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    4.0
    21 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.

    鶴岡城のお堀の西側によく目立つ洋館が2つ並んで建っていて致道博物館となっている。一方は威風堂々とした青い旧警察署庁舎だが、それと並んで建つ渋谷家住宅は、細い尖塔が美しく、可憐なお嬢様という雰囲気を見せている。

  • S-PAL Yamagata
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    3.5
    37 Reviews
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    Yamagata Yamagata-shi Kasumicho 1-1-1
    This commercial facility is directly connected to Yamagata Station in Kasumi-cho 1-chome, Yamagata City. There you can find various stores for fashion, household goods, souvenirs and more. It was refurbished in 2017, and now has the “Irodori Kitchen” on the first floor which sells fresh foods, prepared dishes and other foodstuffs, and “Yamagata Souvenirs Aya” on the second floor which stocks all kinds of local candies and special items.

    JR山形駅改札口と 同じフロア2階に 土産店[清川屋][山形銘店][ふるさと銘酒店 ひのきの里]等があり 旅行者には 何かと便利です。今回[ふるさと銘酒店 ひのきの里]に 山形産の日本酒がスラリ(添付 写真参照)と並んでいたので《出羽桜酒造 雪女神 四割八分 純米大吟醸》を購入し、入口にある[HATAKE...

  • Yamagata Prefectural General Sports Park
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    3.5
    12 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.

    山形観光で天童に宿泊しましたが、イチョウ並木が見頃ということで朝から行ってみました。 朝日を浴びて、黄金色に輝いていました。 イチョウ以外にも、カエデや紅葉する木もあり、散歩を楽しめます。 ”やきの道”、”いちょうの道”には、西駐車場が近くでおすすめです。

  • Yamagata Museum of Science and Industry
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    3.5
    25 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.

    JR山形駅の目の前にある霞城セントラルの中に入っていました。入場無料と大きく書かれていました。中の展示には体験して遊べる展示も多く、時間つぶしにはちょうどよく、特に子供連れなどにはいいかと思います。

  • Hiroshige Museum of Art
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    3.5
    22 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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    4.0
    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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    4.5
    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。

  • Dewazakura Art Museum
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    3.5
    15 Reviews
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    Yamagata Tendo-shi Hitoichimachi 1-4-1
    This art museum is operated by the Yamagata sake brewery Dewazakura. The museum was built in 1988 near the Dewazakura brewery by Seijiro Nakano, its third generation owner. It primarily houses works of art collected by Nakano over many years. The collection has a focus on ancient Korean ceramics and industrial arts from the Gojoseon, Silla, Goryeo, and Joseon Dynasty periods. It also features many works of Japanese painting by artists such as Shinichi Saito as well as the writings of notable authors. Every three months, the museum holds themed exhibits featuring a variety of works from the collection.

    山形の銘酒「出羽桜」の蔵元が個人収集した李朝陶磁器を中心とした個人美術館です。展示の中心は李朝の陶磁器ですが、見学した時は新収蔵の「北斎漫画」、夢二の画、茂吉の短冊等が展示されていました。建物自体が蔵元の旧家で座敷の違い棚や天井の高さ、趣のある庭、蔵座敷も興味あるものでした。手作りの吊飾りも素敵でした。場所は出羽桜酒造工場に向かって右側の住宅です。道路反対側に駐車場があります。吟醸香が漂うのも酒蔵...

  • Gassan Ski Resort
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    Yamagata Pref. Nishimurayamagunnishikawamachi Shidu Wisteria
    This is a ski resort exclusively for summer skiing at Mt. Ubagatake (the second peak of Mt. Gassan) in Yamagata Prefecture approximately 25 minutes by car from Gassan Interchange on the Yamagata Expressway. As it is a ski resort in a heavy snow area it opens in April when other ski resorts close and skiing is possible until summer and the snow disappears. There are four slopes and the natural bumps utilizing the natural terrain are perfect for practicing mogul skiing. The biggest attraction is that it is warm and visitors can enjoy skiing in light clothing and even short sleeves. Skiing under the blue sky looking over the fresh green spreading below is refreshing.
  • Chokainomori Astronomical Obsevatory, Cosmos Domu
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    7 Reviews
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    Yamagata Pref. Sakatashi Tsuchibuchi Akira Jiro 20-2
    This astronomical observatory is in the Chokai-no-mori area of Tsuchibuchi, Sakata City. It has a 50-centimeter reflector telescope, the largest in the Shonai region. They hold astronomical observations at night on Fridays and Saturdays and during the day on Saturdays and Sundays. In the annex's exhibition room there's a model of the space shuttle, a display of the constellations, and a large quick reference board of the stars where you can see what the sky will look like later that night.

    最上川沿いから山手に進んだ一番上にあります。眺海の森というだけあって、見渡す景色もすばらしく、鳥海山も美しく見えました。天体観測だけでなく、散策の目的地などにも利用できる場所です。ただ、周囲は風が強いので気を付けてください。

  • IImoriyama Park
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    4.0
    6 Reviews
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    Yamagata Sakata-shi Iimoriyama 2-13 Tono
    This park is on prefectural route 355 in Iimoriyama 2-Chome, Sakata City. It has an adventure playground, multipurpose ground, a gymnasium, and other facilities. It also has a memorial hall dedicated to Sakata native photographer Ken Domon. There are about 15,000 hydrangeas planted on the grounds, and they bloom from late June through early July in a grand spectacle to see.

    最上川を渡った先にある公園。市街から離れているので、自動車か観光自転車で行った方が無難です(本数は少ないですが、バスも通っています)。駐車場も広かったので。 園内には運動施設や冒険広場(子ども向けの遊具があります)、池、土門拳記念館があります。広いので、1日中のんびりするにはいいかもしれません。 山頂からは、最上川越しに市街を望めました。とは言え、飯森山は標高たったの42m。山と言うよりも丘で...

  • Kawanishi Dariya Garden
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    Yamagata Pref. Higashiokitamagunkawanishimachi Kamikomatsu 5095-11
    The first dahlia-only tourist plant garden in Japan with 650 different kinds of dahlias and around 10,000 flowers in bloom, this is a spacious garden with a total area of around 4 hectares with grass and trees where you can take your time and enjoy the surroundings. In addition, there is a hot spring facility next door, and you can enjoy panoramic views of Dahlia Garden from the observation terrace. It is open every year from around August to November.

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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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