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Park / Green Space Spots in Yamagata Area

  • Tsuruoka Park (Tsurugaoka Castle ruins)
    92 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...

  • Shirogane Park
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    Yamagata Pref. Obanazawashi Ginzanshimbata In the ground
    Shirogane Park is a park rich in natural beauty in the hot-spring resort of Ginzan Onsen. A walking path around the park takes about one hour to complete. At the entrance to the park is the Shirogane Falls standing at a height of 22 meters. The crashing water of these waterfalls is a sight worth seeing. Visitors can see the full glory of the waterfall from the viewing point on the other side. Also in the park is the old mine shaft which once prospered as a silver mine, as well as Senshin Gorge and Choda Gorge where visitors can appreciate the beautiful scenery and sounds of the mountain streams.
  • Observatory in Nishi-Zao Park
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    Yamagata Pref. Yamagatashi Nakasakurada
    Nishi-Zao Park, a popular park with families, has wide slides, a large playground and athletic equipment, and a barbecue area set in an extensive site. From the observatory, visitors can overlook Yamagata City, and on sunny days Mt. Gassan and Mt. Asahi can be seen. It is famous as a leading night view spot of the Tohoku region.
  • Naoetei Park
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    Yamagata Pref. Yonezawashi Akakuzure
    Naoe Kanetsugu was a famous chief retainer of the Yonezawa domain who displayed great skill in supervising irrigation works, developing local industries, etc. The Naoe Embankment (Levee) was built by Naoe Kanetsugu to control the Matsukawa River (now called the Mogami River), which was prone to severe flooding. The Naoe Embankment had a total length of approximately 10 kilometers. The Naoetei park has been developed in a section of the former riverbed that contains surviving remnants of the Naoe Embankment. Visitors can enjoy a pleasant stroll while viewing the many stone monuments that celebrate Naoe Kanetsugu’s great achievement.
  • Mogami River Nakayama Ryokuchi Park (Seseragi Park, Athletic Field, Kids Area)
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    Yamagata Pref. Higashimurayamagunnakayamamachi Nagasaki
    This park is beneath the Nagasaki Ohashi Bridge that spans the Mogami River along the Sagae Kaido Road in Nagasaki, Nakayama Town. Seseragi park is on the eastern side, where the Mogami River basin is reproduced in miniature with water pumped from the river. The west side has facilities like a children's plaza, softball, soccer, and baseball fields, a tennis court, etc. It has a great view of Mt. Gassan and Mt. Zao and is also frequently used as a venue for Yamagata's autumn imoni making events, a sign of the season.
  • Komagihara Park
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    Yamagata Pref. Tsuruokashi Komagiharamachi 2-1
    This park is located in Komagihara-machi, Tsuruoka City. The all-natural grass Komagihara ball field, the Tsuruoka Dream Stadium, the Komagihara Gymnasium and the Komagihara Athletic Track are all in this park. This spacious 23 hectare park also includes tennis courts, a martial arts hall, a sumo stadium, a skate rink in the winter, walking paths, and a multi-purpose playground. It serves as an all-around sports park that can be enjoyed by the community.
  • Nishizao Park
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    Yamagata Pref. Yamagatashi Iwanami - Kamikata earth
    This park spreads from Iwanami to Kamisakurada in Yamagata City. Making use of this expansive natural environment with six large and small marshes, at this park you can try your skill at a natural obstacle course. On holidays this park is awash with families enjoying the lawn and adventure square play areas, the camping and barbecue areas and the observatory deck.
  • Tendo Park
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    Yamagata Pref. Tendoushi Tendou 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.
  • Hiyoriyama Park
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    Yamagata Pref. Sakatashi Minamishinmachi 1-10
    Approximately 13 minutes by car from the Sakata Interchange on the Nihonkai-Tohoku Expressway, this historic park overlooking the Japan Sea, devastatingly beautiful sunset is one of the Top 100 Municipal Parks of Japan. The park is dotted with distinctive historic relics reminiscent of the port’s heyday, such as the 2:1 scale Sengokubune, a historic cargo junk, Japan’s oldest hexagonal wooden lighthouse, and an ancient compass stone. This park also boasts over 400 Yoshino sakura with a sakura festival held every April. Many visitors throng to the festival during which time the Sengokubune and the hexagonal lighthouse are illuminated for the special occasion.
  • Eboshiyama Park
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    Yamagata Pref. Nanyoushi Akayu 1415
    Just about 10 minutes from the Nanyo Takahata Interchange on the Tohoku Expressway, this park was built during the Meiji period by local volunteers, who planted around 160 trees of double weeping Edo-higanzakura cherry, making it one of the few sites in the world with such a grove. The park is located at a higher elevation that overlooks the Yonezawa basin with a panoramic view of the Akayu hot springs district, and the Agatsuma and the Iide Asahi mountain ranges in the distance. Along with the weeping Edo-higanzakura cherry, this site, having many trees over 100 years old and around 1000 weeping and Yoshino cherry varieties, is called the Eboshiyama 1000 Cherry Trees and has been selected among Japan’s Top 100 Best Sakura Sites.
  • Mogami Park
    16 Reviews
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    Yamagata Pref. Shinjoushi Horibatamachi 6-86
    This park around the ruins of Shinjo Castle still hold the remains of the main castle's foundations. Tenman Shrine is found to the southwest of the main ruins, and nearby are also Tozawa Shrine and Gokoku Shrine. Many people come to visit this gathering of historic buildings, and in spring and fall people come to enjoy the cherry blossoms and fall foliage.


  • Mamurogawa Park
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    Yamagata Mogami-gun Mamurogawamachi
    This park is located along National Route 344 in the Kinoshita, Mamurogawa Town, Mogami County. It consists of three main areas: a children’s park, a natural forest park and a plum tree grove. The plum tree grove consists of around 400 trees spanning 30 different varieties, and is known for the plum and cherry blossoms that bloom at the same time in spring. The “Mamurogawa Plum Festival” takes place in late April, where they also put on illuminations.
  • Gensen Park
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    Yamagata Mogami-gun Okuramura Minamiyama
    This park is located in Minamiyama, Okura VIllage, Mogami County. It can be found next to the Hijiori Dam, which is designated a Tangible Cultural Oroperty. The park has facilities such as the “Gensen Dome,” where you can see hot spring water coming from the ground, and the “First Love Footbath” where you can warm yourself up while taking in views of the dam.
  • Nishi Park
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    Yamagata Yamagata-shi Monden Ochiai Kawara 3114-10
    This park is on prefectural route 17 in Monden Ochiai Kawara, Yamagata City. They have paid multipurpose courts and tennis courts, a plaza with play pond, and play equipment, free-flowing spring water foot and hand bath. There is space for barbecues with a pot for Imoni traditional stewed taro root dish, which is always popular in-season.
  • Matsuyama Historical Park
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    Yamagata Sakata-shi Shinyashiki 36-2
    This park is in Shinyashiki, Sakata City. It includes the ruins of Matsuyama Castle, and inside the park they preserve goods like the prefecturally designated cultural property Otemon Gate. It also has a Noh theater stage equipped lifelong learning facility, Matsuyama Joshikan, as well as the tearoom Suisho-an. You can enjoy seasonal flowers, including cherry blossoms.
  • IImoriyama Park
    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.


  • Forest Therapy [R] BaseNukumidaira Beech Forest
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    Yamagata Nishiokitama-gun Ogunimachi Kotamagawa
    This forest is in Kotamagawa, Oguni Town, Nishiokitama County. It's at 400 to 500 meters above sea level, at the foot of the Iide mountain range. It has about 5.5 kilometers of hiking trail, with walks through beech forest, and they offer programs like therapy tours, forest yoga, and other activities. There are also local lodging facilities like Iide-Sanso villa offering day-use hot spring baths and more.
  • Shirataka Town Furusato Forest Park
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    Yamagata Nishiokitama-gun Shiratakamachi Juo 5687-8
    This park is in Juo, Shirataka Town, Nishiokitama County. Adjacent to Taka no Yu Onsen Palace Matsukaze, it is outfitted with tennis courts, golf practice ranges, field activity equipment and a large play installation. There is also a campground, and you can use Palace Matsukaze for day-use onsen bathing.
  • Matsugaike Park (Shirotsutsuji Park)
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    Yamagata Nagai-shi Shinmeicho 3-38
    This park is on national route 287 in Shinmei-cho, Nagai City. It is famous for its approx. 3,000 white globe azaleas, including the municipally registered Natural Monument Shichibe Tsutsuji which is about 750 years old. The sight of all these pure white blossoms in May is well worth seeing. There is a fountain pool and playground, as well as a local specialty shop, Tsutsujikan.
  • Hagi Park
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    Yamagata Nagai-shi Narita 2170-2
    This park is attached to ryokan Hagien and onsen facility Unohana Onsen Haginoyu. It's famous for its approx. 20,000 bush clover (or hagi) blossoms. In most years, the park runs in season from late August through late September, when the Hagi Festival runs.

Yamagata Areas


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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