Leisure / Outdoors Spots in Yamagata Area

  • Tsuruoka Park (Tsurugaoka Castle ruins)
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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...

  • Tsuruoka City Kamo Aquarium
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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

  • Homma Museum of Art
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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...

  • Chido Museum
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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.

    鶴岡城の西側にとても目立つ洋館が2つ立ち並んでいる。1つは元警察署らしいが、洋館なのに大きな鬼瓦があって和洋折衷が馴染んだ感じが良い。もう一つ大きな和風建築があり、外から眺めているだけでも楽しい。中は藩校である致道館にあったものが展示されている。

  • Yamagata Museum of Art
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    49 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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    52 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.

    1989年に開館した最上義光と最上氏を顕彰することを目的とした博物館で山形城からも近く、入場は無料となっています。最上家特に多くの偉業残した義光(11代当主)に関わる遺品などが多く展示されています。最上義光公所用三十八間金覆輪筋兜は必見です。また、長谷堂合戦の図屏風で合戦様子を知ることができます。

  • Yamagata Marugoto-kan Beni-no-Kura
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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.

    観光で山形にいらしたならば一度見てもいいかもしれません。あくまでも観光用の施設です。 建物は歴史がありますが、食事が残念。山形はお蕎麦をはじめとする食のポテンシャルは高いと思っているので、こちらを基準にされるとツライかな…。

  • S-PAL Yamagata
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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.

    山形駅直結の駅ビルです。マツモトキヨシやパン屋さん、 蕎麦屋さんやロッテリア等のレストランと、お土産屋さん が入っており、観光にも普段使いにも便利だと思います。 ただ、新型肺炎の時期でしたので、人はまばらで寂しかった です。私はパン屋さんを利用しました。

  • Lina World
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    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.

  • Dewa Sanzan History Museum
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    25 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.

    Apart from a rather interesting explanation about a local tradition linked to a race with ropes between two parties, not much to watch, and no explanation in English either. Long story short:not...

  • Yamagata Museum of Science and Industry
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    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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    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。

  • Sakata City Museum of Art
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    18 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.

    楽しかったです。からくり仕掛け玩具は全て木で重りやネジなどを使って車が動いたり動物が動いてとても興味深いものでした。オススメです。

  • Yamadera Goto Museum of Art
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    19 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.

    山形・山寺にいながらにして、フォンテーヌブローを旅した気分。 まさかムリーリョの絵に出逢えるとは思わずこれまたビックリ!! ガレやドームのランプも多数あり、見応え充分です!!これで800円はかなりリーズナブル。お土産にポストカードもいただき、恐縮なくらいです。

  • TAKAHASHI Fruit Land HATAKE Cafe Main Restaurant
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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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    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...

  • Kawanishi Dariya Garden
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    10 Reviews
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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.

    Dahlia flowers is beautiful, What a lovely name...

  • 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。

  • Hanagasa Fruit Farm
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    5 Reviews
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    Yamagata Tendo-shi Kami Hagino To 820
    This tourist orchard offers guests the chance to harvest a variety of seasonal fruit. Guests can pick cherries from early June to late July, peaches and grapes from early August to early September, large grapes from early September to late October, and apples from early September to mid-November. Since there are no time limits, guests can take their time enjoying all the fruit they can eat. Charges depend on the type of fruit being picked. The farm’s cherry trees and grape vines are located under rain covers, allowing visitors to pick them even during inclement weather. Visitors can also buy fruit as souvenirs at the farm’s shop.

    観光タクシーで連れて行ってもらいました。制限時間は40分ですが、サクランボを40分も食べていられません。いろんな種類のサクランボを食べましたが、20分を過ぎたら満腹で、終わりにしました。

  • IImoriyama Park
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    5 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.

    文化施設ゾーン、遊戯施設ゾーン、運動施設ゾーンの3つゾーンに分かれており、1995年に公園全体の整備が完了しました。市街地から、最上川を渡った先にある公園で高台にあるので天気が良ければ鳥海山を望むことができます。園内には土門拳記念館があり、池には白鳥が泳ぎ、池の周囲には94種約15300株のあじさいが植えられており、6月下旬から7月上旬が見ごろとのことです。

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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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