Culture / Tour Spots in Yamagata Area

  • 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...

  • Tsuruoka City Kamo Aquarium
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    3.5
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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

  • Chido Museum
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    53 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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    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。

  • Dewa Sanzan History Museum
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    3.5
    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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    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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    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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    4.0
    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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    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。

  • Dewazakura Art Museum
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    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...

  • Kawanishi Dariya Garden
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    4.0
    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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    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。

  • Yuzuru no Sato
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    Yamagata Pref. Nanyoushi Urushiyama 2025-2
    This cocoon warehouse is on the grounds of a silk mill, and is now a museum dedicated to carrying on folk tales like Tsuru-no-Ongaeshi (The crane returns the favor). It displays folk tale videos, and offers some tablets for viewing as well. In addition, it has displays on sericulture and silk thread production, and displays with materials, costumes, and documents from the opera Yuzuru.

    南陽市の西部、漆山地区を流れる織機(おりはた)川のそばに、古くから民話「鶴の恩返し」を開山縁起として伝承している鶴布山珍蔵寺があり、この地域に口伝えで残されてきた鶴の恩返しをはじめとする多くの民話を、これからも伝えていくために夕鶴の里資料館、語り部の館がつくられ、多くの観光客を楽しませてくれるところです。館内は、バリアフリー対応。スロープや多目的トイレ、障害者等用駐車区画も完備。事前予約で、機織の...

  • Yamagata City Wild Plants Garden
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    Yamagata Yamagata-shi Kanno 832-3
    This wild plant garden is on the Nishizao Kogen Line in Kanno, Yamagata City. The park has about 1,000 varieties of wild plant and tree, and is divided into zones like the Flower Meadow, Nature Experience Zone, and Observation Zone. In addition to guided walking tours, they offer seasonal bird watching, firefly watching, and a variety of other nature activities and classes.

    4月上旬に行きました。山形市中心部からは車で25分くらいですがバスでも行けるみたいでした。入場料は300円取られますが、駐車場は無料でしたが、肝心の公園内は野草なので特に色鮮やかな花もなく、地味な感じで桜もありませんでした。4月はオススメしないです。

  • Mogamigawa Museum of Art
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    Yamagata Murayama-shi Oyodo 1084-1
    This art museum is in Oyodo, Murayama City. Its collection includes a great many pieces of western style paintings based around the Mogami River by artist Masimo Keiji, as well as other pieces related to Yamagata and the Mogami River. In addition to rotations in the collection, which happen a few times a year, they also hold temporary exhibitions. The museum is also located on a hill offering a beautiful view of the Mogami River.

    秋の田んぼを抜けた小高い丘の上にある美術館。最上川を愛し、描き続けた真下慶治の奥様が館長をつとめる美術館です。 山形産スギを活用した建築も素敵なのですが、やはり最高なのはロケーション。最上川のうねりを眼下に眺められるテラスがあり、贅沢でゆったりした時間を過ごせました。 館内の奥に映像を見られるスペースがあり、真下慶治の生き方を知ることができます。人間の温かさや愛といったものが、自然と心に入って...

  • Sakuranbo Kaikan
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    Yamagata Pref. Sagaeshi Yakuwa Kawara 919-6 Roadside Station in Sagae Cherry Land
    Located about a five-minute drive from Sagae Interchange in the Roadside Station Sagae Cherry Land by the Sagae River, this museum is housed in a building with a space shuttle motif. Japan's first museum dedicated to cherries, it showcases the history of cherry cultivation in Sagae City with a variety of displays. You can also stop here to reserve cherry and strawberry pickings. Green house grown cherries are available year round and other pickings are available according to the season. You need to book in advance for strawberry picking. Their popular gelato comes in two varieties.
  • Donden-daira Lily Garden
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    Yamagata Pref. Nishiokitamagunidemachi Hagyu 3341
    This botanical garden is located in the Hagyu area of Iide-machi, Nishiokitama County. It is the largest lily garden in eastern Japan, and has a vast site that is more than four times the size of Tokyo Dome, with approximately 500,000 plants of different lily varieties. Besides the observation deck and recreational facilities with water in the garden, there is a rest house where you can enjoy Iide beef barbecue.
  • Sanno Club
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    Yamagata Pref. Sakatashi Hiyoshichou 2-2-25
    This museum is where you can learn about the history and culture of Sakata City, and it is housed in a building built in 1895 which was a long-established restaurant. On the second floor, you can see the famous Sakata Kasafuku displayed, which is one of Japan's three largest Tsurushi Kazari hanging ornaments, and an almost 106 tatami mat-sized Oriage coffered ceiling in the reception hall. On the first floor, exhibitions vary from room to room in the History Exhibition Area, and there is a store and cafe featuring Japanese-style sweets.
  • 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.

Yamagata Areas

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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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