Groceries Spots in Yamagata Area

  • Senbon Dango
    44 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamagata Pref. Kitamurayamagunoishidamachi Oishida Otsu 76
    This dango dumpling shop is on Prefectural Route 30 in Otsu Oishida, Oishida Town. They sell dumplings made without additives like sugar and enzymes and their catchphrase Hard Dumplings Tomorrow speaks to the high quality. The name Senbon Dango comes from having sold 1,000 dango skewers in a single day. They also sell hidendaizu tofu made with Yamagata Prefecture grown hiden soybeans and natural nigari bittern.

    I dont have much experience in the world of Dango, but I can safely say that nothing Ive encountered comes close to the quality of the Dango here. I stopped by after a trip to Kaneyama and...

  • Sakata Seafood Market
    Yamagata Pref. Sakatashi Funabachou 2-5-10
    This is a seafood market located near Sakata Port in Funaba-cho, Sakata City. The locally caught fish from the Shonai coast is what is mostly sold at the Kanbara Seafood (Sakata Seafood Market) on the first floor. On the second floor, one can enjoy seafood bowls and set menu courses for a reasonable price at the Kaisendonya Tobishima diner. The view from the wood deck overlooking the Sakata Port, truly a fishing depot, is something to behold.
  • Nogawa Tofuya
    35 Reviews
    Yamagata Pref. Obanazawashi Ginzanshimbata 427
    A tofu shop located at the entranceway to the Ginzan Onsen hot spring resort area in Obanazawa City renowned for its old fashioned Taisho Roman-style townscape. The shop’s “Tofuya” sign and menu posted on what otherwise looks like the entrance to an ordinary Japanese-style home draw the eye due to their unexpectedness. The shop’s tofu is served in disposable plastic trays to make it easy to eat on the go while walking about the town. The shop’s particularly popular boiled tofu is so soft and delicate it practically melts in your mouth. The nama-age deep fried bean curd has a crisp and light texture. Diners are recommended to soak their feet in the nearby footbath while enjoying their tofu.


  • Uesugi Joshien
    52 Reviews
    Yamagata Pref. Yonezawashi Marunouchi 1-1-22
    Uesugi Joshien not only provides information on the tourist spots around the Uesugi castle town, but also has a restaurant serving Yonezawa beef and other cuisine and shops selling Yonezawa goods, allowing visitors to really experience the tastes, crafts, and spirit of Yonezawa. Yonezawa beef is one of Japan’s top three beef brands, and you can enjoy steak, sukiyaki, shabu shabu, and even hamburgers, minced meat cutlets, croquettes, and skewers made with the meat. It’s about 10 minutes by car from JR Yonezawa Station.

    Between the parking lot and the Uesugi Shrine is a strategically placed shopping mall sole for the benefit of the tourists and primarily food. It’s actually not bad and worth a quick visit.

  • JA Tsuruoka Melon Direct Market
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamagata Pref. Tsuruokashi Barashinden 1-4
    This is a tourist farm located about 20 minutes by car from JR Tsuruoka Station. The Shonai sand dunes, with good drainage is one of Japan’s leading melon producing areas. At JA Tsuruoka Saigo fruit and vegetables sorting facility, visitors can experience all-you-can-eat sweet and fresh Shonai sand dune melons for about a month in July with reservations. The types of melons are Andes Melon and JA Tsuruoka’s original melon called the Tsuruhime Melon and Tsuruhime Red Melon. Both the Tsuruhime and the Tsuruhime Red melons are large and have high sugar content and visitors can enjoy their elegant sweet aroma. Visitors can also experience harvesting melons and melons are sold on site at the same venue.
  • Ai to Pan
    8 Reviews
    Yamagata Pref. Yonezawashi Matsugasaki 1-1-14
    The orange facade of this bakery in Matsugasaki, Yonezawa City makes it easy to find. They sell freshly baked bread made with homemade natural yeast and no additives. Their sandwiches made with pesticide-free vegetables they've grown themselves make it popular for healthy food for kids. They also offer original baked goods in the shape of frogs and snails break the bakers' mold.


  • Kanazawaya Beef Shop
    8 Reviews
    Yamagata Pref. Yamagatashi Nanukamachi 3-4-16
    This veteran butcher shop in Nanukamachi, Yamagata City was founded in 1893. They sell a range of products including Yamagata and Yonezawa beef, shimofuri-zuke (Yamagata beef marinated in miso and sake lees), fried items, and bento lunch boxes. Their restaurant serving such delicacies as sukiyaki, shabu shabu, and steak using the best Yamagata beef has gourmands lining up to get in. Their lunch menu with items like set meals and rice bowls is only available on weekdays. A party menu is available if booked in advance.


  • Yonezawa Beef Oki Main Shop
    Yamagata Pref. Yonezawashi Sakuragichou 3-41
    This butcher shop is on Prefectural Route 6 in Sakuragicho, Yonezawa City. It's provided top-notch quality and flavor since its founding in 1923. Its hallmark product is sumirezuke, which uses a raw meat preservation method that involves marinating it in miso and sake lees. They sell meticulously selected, high-quality Yonezawa beef and Japanese black beef from their shop and run the restaurant Yonezawa Beef Gourmet Plaza Kongokaku next door.
  • Dewazakura Sake Brewery
    Yamagata Pref. Tendoushi Hitoichimachi 1-4-6
    This brewery is located along the Ushu Kaido Road in Hitoichimachi, Tendo City. The prime sake, Dewazakura, highly decorated both domestically and overseas is brewed here. Dewazakura has been the Gold Prize winning sake in the Annual Japan Sake Awards for 12 years running, and also awarded the highest Champion Sake title. With the overwhelming support of the local residents, this brewery's goal is to make ginjo a global household word. To this end they export this brew to over 25 countries, expanding their presence worldwide.
  • Shoseido, Yamadera Shop
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamagata Pref. Yamagatashi Yamadera 4437
    This is a Japanese confectionery shop in Yamadera, Yamagata City. Their signature item, Morokoshi sweet, is filled with azuki beans and is branded with the Yamadera name. The historic Morokoshi, a pleasant smelling mildly sweet bean cake, won an award at the 19th National Confectionery Exposition, and is said to be popular even with people who are not fond of sweets. The well-known Yamadera cakes and kintsuba are also sold here.
  • Matsukawa Bento Shop (Ekimae Shop)
    Yamagata Pref. Yonezawashi Ekimae 2-1-29
    This bento shop is just a five-minute walk from the Yamagata Shinkansen Line Yonezawa Station. Ever since the opening of the Ohu Line in 1899, this shop has grown along with the times. This bento lunch box shop specializes in Yonezawa beef bentos, including its three specialty bentos, the Yonezawa Beef Extravaganza Bentos (by reservation) chock full with your choice of hamburger steak, cut-steak, or chopped steak. They offer special delivery of a bento to your train car on all trains departing from Yonezawa Station (by reservation, two days prior by 5 p.m.)
  • Yagihashi Shoten
    Yamagata Pref. Obanazawashi Ginzanshimbata 448
    With a good old days of Taisho Roman, this liquor shop in Ginzan Onsen is a 30-minute drive from central Obanazawa City. They offer a large selection of prefectural alcoholic beverages, including Michinoku Rokkasen's watermelon liquor and Mitobe Sake Brewery's premium Junmai-ginjo sake. Their local sake sets and wines make popular Ginzan Onsen souvenirs.
  • Holland Sembei Factory
    16 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamagata Pref. Sakatashi Ryouchou 2-24
    This is the main factory of Sakata Beika, the maker of rice crackers since 1951 located in Ryou-cho, Sakata City. Here, the trademark Holland sembei crackers are made, as well as the kagami sembei and usuyaki-shokunin chibisuke crackers. A 395 meter section is dedicated to the Holland sembei Factory, out of the 545-meter-long factory. Visitors can observe, shop, enjoy the cafe, or even try their hand at making the crackers.

    Oranda Senbei is the name of the factory that makes the famous Sakata rice crackers sold in New Zealand and Australia, and they have an excellent factory tour where you can even bake your own rice...

  • Sakata Minato Ichiba (Market)
    Yamagata Pref. Sakatashi Funabachou 2-5-56
    This trade facility is near the Sakata Kaisen Ichiba seafood market in Funaba-cho, Sakata City. Opened in 2010 with the aim to be the 'the kitchen for the community,' this market offers fresh foods to both its residents and visitors. This market houses shops offering seafood, vegetables, dried foods, local sakes and products, and souvenir, and houses eight shops serving simple meals of seafood bowls, ramen, and more.
  • Hijiori Onsen Morning Market
    Yamagata Pref. Mogamigunokuramura Minamiyama 451-2
    This morning market is held at the resort of Hijiori Onsen district with its 1,200-year history. Between late April and late November, it's held daily from about 5:30 am (although this may change with the season). They sell fresh agricultural products such as seasonal vegetables, as well as wild vegetables, handmade items like Shiso rolls, and more.
  • Sweets & Cafe Bon coeur
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamagata Sagae-shi Seisukeshinden 72-9
    This western confectionery store is located along National Route 379 in Seisuke Shinden, Sagae City. It uses seasonal ingredients (fruit and vegetables, etc.) and produces and sells Western sweets such as seasonal cakes and a chiffon cake that changes each month. You can enjoy a variety of different cakes each season.
  • Noshiume Honpo Satoya
    4 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamagata Yamagata-shi Tokamachi 3-10-36
    This Japanese confectionery is on national route 112 in Toka-machi 3-Chome, Yamagata City. It carries on the traditional of flavor and skill passed down for about 190 years, since the late Edo Period. They make and sell Japanese treats, including Noshiume, made only with ripe ume plums, sugar, kanten jelly, and mizuame syrup. It also boasts of a long history as a Western style confectioner, selling treats like cookies and jellies.

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  • Yamadaya
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamagata Yamagata-shi Honcho 1-7-30
    This patisserie is on national route 112, in Honcho 1-Chome, Yamagata City. They're famous for their Shiratsuyu Fuuki Mame candied beans. They use green Hokkaido-grown peas for a mildly sweet, elegant treat with enduring popularity.
  • Eigyokudo
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamagata Yamagata-shi Hatagomachi 2-1-45
    This sweet shop and patisserie on national route 112 in Hatago-machi 2-Chome, Yamagata City. Their famous dorayaki buns are made with coarse sweet bean jam of adzuki beans from Tokachi, Hokkaido, in a variety of flavors like whipped cream and camembert. In additional to seasonal sweets, they offer up desserts like anmitsu and zenzai sweet bean soup.
  • Hirata Bokujo Main Store
    Yamagata Sakata-shi Matsubara Minami 5-7
    This raw and processed meat shop is in Matsubaraminami, Sakata City. As the flagship shop for Hirata Farms, it sells brand meats like Hirata Farms Kinkaton and Sangenton pork. They also sell processed items like Kinkaton and Sangenton pork sausage, ham, and bacon, as well as deli dishes and bento boxes.

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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