Gourmet / Alcohol Spots in Yamagata Area

  • Senbon Dango
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    4.5
    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...

  • Yamagata Kanko Bussan Kaikan, Gutto Yamagata
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamagata Pref. Yamagatashi Omotezaou 68
    Located just off the Yamagata Kaminoyama Interchange on the Tohoku Chuo Expressway, Yamagata Kanko Bussan Kaikan “Gutto Yamagata” is a tourist destination with many attractive features. Special attractions include The Street of 100-Year-Old Shops and the sections where Yamagata saké and other famous food ingredients and products from Yamagata Prefecture. Just inside the entrance is an event plaza, where local governments, businesses, and others in the prefecture hold events daily as efforts to promote Yamagata.
  • Akayu Ramen, Ryu-Shanghai Akayu (Main Store)
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamagata Pref. Nanyoushi Nirone 6-18
    This ramen shop is along the Prefectural Route 246 in Niirone, Nanyo City. The signature Akayu Karamiso Ramen, can be made to order by requesting your preferred amount of hot red chili pepper paste to be added to the broth. Also on the menu are the Akayu Ramen with a chicken based soy sauce broth, and the Karamiso chilled ramen noodles with a special sauce.
  • Gourmet Plaza Kongokaku Bishamon
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    4.0
    21 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamagata Pref. Yonezawashi Sakuragichou 3-41
    This store in Sakuragicho, Yonezawa City specializes in top-rate Yonezawa beef. Their menu is packed with items like sukiyaki, shabu-shabu, steak, gozen sets, and a la carte dishes. For weekday lunches they offer set meals like their Teppan Yakiniku Teishoku with grilled beef and Sukidon Teishoku with a beef topped bowl of rice. Apart from regular seating, they also have private rooms and banquet halls.

    ビル丸々この会社のお店で、1階で、すき焼き、ステーキ等々どれがいいか聞かれ、希望のフロアへ案内されました。お肉は普通においしかったです。銀座にもあるようなので行ってみたいと思います。

  • Robata
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    4.5
    45 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamagata Pref. Yamagatashi Zaouonsen Kawahara 42-5
    This facility for food and accommodation is located around five minutes on foot from Zao Onsen Bus Terminal. In the first floor guests can try the famous “Genghis Khan” dish said to have originated in Zao. Popular treats are the extremely fresh raw lamb and handmade sauce. The mushrooms and vegetables picked directly on the mountain by the staff and shopkeepers’ associates are of the highest quality, allowing patrons to enjoy almost 100% Yamagata seasonal foodstuffs. As for bathing, there are private baths and footbaths with water direct from the source.

    This restaurant is a “yaki-niku” or “grilled-meat” place where you grill your own meat and vegetables at the table. My husband and I each ate the Ghengis Khan meal. It was delicious and fun to cook...

  • Otochaya
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    4.0
    32 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamagata Pref. Yamagatashi Zaouonsen 935-24
    A cafe-restaurant in Zao Onsen, Yamagata City, Yamagata Prefecture, attracting visitors with its warm atmosphere and wood-fire stove. The interior has a home-made feel, the perfect spot for a moment's rest between skiing and hot spring exploring. Enjoy the taste of specialty Chinese tea, organic coffee, local Yamagata Beef cuisine, and original curry. Works and accessories made by Yamagata artists are also on display and for sale.

    Awesome place with friendly helpful staff and local craft beers! Eat all of the burgers - great patty and thick thick bacon!!

  • Hagurosan Saikan
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamagata Pref. Tsuruokashi Haguromachitouge 7
    This facility offering food and accommodation is located on the grounds of Dewasanzan Shrine, in Haguro Town, Tsuruoka City, Yamagata Prefecture. As a temple originally named “Kezouin,” it is the last remaining building to have been lived in by Haguro mountain priests. One can enjoy the delicate and exquisite taste of seasonal mountain vegetables and mushrooms picked from the foot of Dewasanzan, used in vegetarian cuisine and said to have entertained the poet Matsuo Basho, famous for writing “Oku no Hosomichi” (The Narrow Road to Oku). Accommodation is available but there are few private rooms, most being partitioned rooms amidst a larger one.
  • Steakhouse Organ
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    4.0
    11 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamagata Pref. Yonezawashi Omachi 4-1-26
    This steakhouse is located on Prefectural Road 232 in 4 Chome, Omachi, Yonezawa City. They offer high quality Yonezawa beef steaks, as well as Yonezawa beef stew made with red wine, sliced grilled beef, beef stroganoff, and hamburger steaks. The restaurant serves its fare in Mashiko ware and Kasama ware pottery, which are also available at their shop.

    とても美味しい米沢牛を提供しています。店内はテーブル席と御座敷がありました。4台分の駐車場もあります。接客も明るく親切。たべたのは、米沢牛のA5ランクのサーロイン。肉も脂もとろけました。160グラムで4500円でした。

  • Sobadokoro Nanakamadotei
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    4.5
    10 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamagata Pref. Tsuruokashi Tamugimata Shimizujiri 12-6
    This soba noodle shop located on the Gassan Hanagasa Line in Shimizujiri, Tamugimata, Tsuruoka City. They feature Sotoni soba (adding two cups of wheat flour and for every 10 cups of buckwheat flour) made with Mt. Gassan spring water and flour from locally grown Hitachiakisoba grinded with a millstone. Meals include their Gassan Mori that comes with tempura and two wild vegetable side dishes, seasonal soba with wild vegetables or mushrooms, and their soba meal set that comes with items featuring local, seasonal ingredients (advance reservation required). The Tamugiso lodge is on the property, too.

    紅葉が始まっていて、お座敷からも景色が堪能出来此れも蕎麦を美味しくしています。民宿併設してあり宿泊も可能です。

  • Kumabun
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    4.0
    46 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamagata Pref. Yonezawashi Kasuga 5-2-52
    More often than not there is a line of people waiting to enjoy the ramen at this ramen shop, which is continuously listed in the top popular ramen shop rankings for the Yonezawa area. This eatery is pleasant with a sense of cleanliness, has comfortable tables and slightly higher than normal chairs. When crowded, parties often share a table. The broth is not oily or heavy, balancing portions of vegetables, chicken, and dry fish well, and the noodles are hand kneaded, thin and al dente. The top menu orders are chuka-soba, with the traditional chashu pork, memma, and naruto toppings, and chashu ramen. Other options offered are such soy broth based, bean sprout ramen, wakame ramen types, and also miso or stir-fried vegetable ramens.

    中華そば シンプルな王道ラーメン 鶏豚煮干しはどれも突出せず それでいてしっかり旨みを感じる 絶妙なあっさり メンマもチャーシューも美味いので メンマラーメンもチャーシューメンも食べたい 驚いたのは注文してさほど待っていないのに「遅くなってすみませんね、すぐお持ちしますので。」と申し訳なさそうに店員さんから謝られたこと。どれだけ提供が早いんだw

  • Soba no Mise Hirama
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    4.0
    18 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamagata Pref. Yonezawashi Asagawa 1314-16
    Established in 1972, this ramen purveyor is a one of the quintessential of Yonezawa ramen, for which many customers stand in line to enjoy. The shop has their own noodle making factory, and while seated at the bar one can watch noodles being made. The broth, which enhances the noodles, hand-kneaded prior to boiling, is made of chicken and dried fish simmered for hours to perfect the flavor. The not too heavy robust flavored soy based chuka-soba is served the traditional way with chashu-pork, naruto, and memma slices. The resilient, thin, crimped noodles are a perfect complement to the broth. The shop closes for the day when the broth runs out.

    米沢ラーメンの雄。田んぼの中にポツンと一軒ラーメン家。お盆休み直近の花金お昼過ぎ訪問。幸い店舗裏の駐車場一台空いていました。店外店内数名立ち待ち状態。チャーシューメン780円に麺大盛100円増をコール。並盛でも麺量180gとボリューミーも大盛は丼も威圧感有。縮れ麺に底が見えるクリアな出汁。陽気な母さん3人と店主の微笑ましい共同作業がカウンターから厨房越しに垣間見えます。聖地巡礼納得です。

  • Teuchioishida Soba Kiyo
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamagata Pref. Kitamurayamagunoishidamachi Yokoyama 736
    "This soba shop is on Prefectural Road 381, in Yokoyama, Oishida-machi, Kitamurayama County. They offer ""Juwari"" noodles (soba flour only, no wheat, etc.) made with 100% top quality soba flour. In addition to Itasoba (served dry on a flat tray with dipping soup), they offer chicken Tori soba and Kaimochi (another name for soba dumplings)."
  • Benihana Onsen Hina no Yu
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    3.5
    4 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Yamagata Pref. Nishimurayamagunkahokuchou Yachi Shitano 269
    This day use hot spring facility is in Nishimurayama County, Yamagata Prefecture. The large indoor baths, with enormous windows offering views of the garden, have equipment like high temperature and cold water baths, saunas, lie-down baths, and more. The water type is sodium chloride spring water, which is said to be effective in treating cuts, sensitivity to cold, recovery from fatigue, and more. The grounds also have a separate accommodation area, Hina-no-Yado, and many guests there use these baths.

    宿泊施設やレストランを併設した大規模な温泉施設です。浴槽が3種類あり、源泉掛け流しの浴槽は熱めの45度、大きな浴槽は適温の42度、寝湯はジェットバスになっています。お湯はうす茶色をしており、加水・加温・循環方式ですが、塩素臭は気になりませんでした。洗い場は広くてシャワー・カランには仕切りが付いており、サウナと水風呂もありました。

  • Cafe I'rasgayna
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamagata Pref. Obanazawashi Ginzanshimbata 438
    Standing in front of Shirogane Bridge, the entrance to the Ginzan Onsen hot spring resort town, Cafe I’rasgayna is characterized by its open and airy deck area. The café’s menu primarily consists of coffee and soft drinks; takeout orders also accepted. Cafe I’rasgayna also rents kimono and will provide you with the perfect kimono ensemble for strolling amidst the old-fashioned, “Taisho Roman” style buildings of Ginzan Onsen. Staffs provide assistance with putting on kimono, insuring that even people who have never worn it before strolling through around there.
  • Yonezawagyu Dining Bekoya
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    4.0
    88 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamagata Pref. Yonezawashi Higashi 3-2-34
    This yakiniku restaurant specializes in Yonezawa beef, and is located a - three-minute walk from Yonezawa Station. A transported old civilian home, the harmonious relaxed interior is divided into near-private rooms, making it a popular place for savoring high-quality Yonezawa beef. The yakiniku and sukiyaki are divided into corners depending on the meal, and the steak corner features a fun performance with dramatic cooking on the iron skillets on the counter. The weekday lunch set lets you eat a good amount of Yonezawa beef for a reasonable price, so it is recommended.

    We arrived 30 minutes before closing due to snowfall. There isnt any lunch set available anymore so we had to go ala carte. We ordered few cuts to share within the family and on one of the staffs...

  • Yamagatada
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    4.0
    39 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamagata Pref. Yamagatashi Jounanmachi 1-1-1 Kasagi Central 1F
    A one minute walk in an area directly connected to Yamagata Station. An izakaya Japanese-style bar where you can enjoy local Yamagata cuisine and sakes. Relax in the sunken kotatsu-style seating area modeled after a cherry orchard. The Yamagata native chef prepares delicious cuisine using local fish and vegetables with an emphasis on freshness. The restaurant’s courses are particularly popular, giving diners the chance to enjoy seasonal dishes and a main course of pork shabu-shabu made with SPF (specific-pathogen-free) pork. Other seasonal Yamagata cuisine on offer includes imoni taro and meat stew, a local Yamagata specialty, and Yonezawa beef.

    Had dinner here and was very pleased with the food and drink selections. The beef selections are Yamagata and Yonezawa and you can order a small portion of each. At times this restaurant offers four...

  • Ninosaka Chaya
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    4.5
    25 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamagata Pref. Tsuruokashi Haguromachitouge Haguroyama
    A 30-minute walk from Hagurosan Zuishinmon Gate, this popular tea house is located on Ninosaka hill on the approach to Mt. Haguro. Ninosaka is the longest and steepest of all the approach paths to Mt. Haguro. On the left side going up is “Ninosaka Chaya.” Pestle-ground daily, the recommended “chikara mochi” is strong mochi with soy flour and red bean paste, coupled with matcha tea. The pestle–ground strong texture is popular with temple visitors. Also, you can see all of Shonai plains from the tea house, and on a clear day, you get the gorgeous sight of the Sea of Japan all the way out to Tobishima.

    Located halfway up Hagurosan this restaurant/tea house provides welcome respite from the climb. We had a refreshing cup of matcha, took in the view and caught our breath for the rest of the walk...

  • Fruits Shop Kiyoka
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamagata Pref. Yonezawashi Kanaike 2-7-2
    Standing a short walk west of Kitamura Park, a popular rest and relaxation destination for locals along the Mogami River, Fruits Shop Kiyoka’s vivid pictures of fruit immediately draw the eye. As its name implies, this fruit shop sells a variety of fresh fruit from a wide range of locations. It’s also a fruit parlor, serving vaunted parfaits and homemade gelato made with fresh fruit. The most popular item on the menu is a fruit parfait topped with over 10 varieties of bite-sized cuts of fruit, gelato, and soft serve ice cream. In summer, the shop’s shaved ice made with fruit syrup and whipped cream, is also popular.
  • Mitoya
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    4.0
    44 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamagata Pref. Yamagatashi Yamadera 4494-5
    A handmade soba noodle restaurant located on the approach to the Risshaku-ji Temple, one of the most famous temples in Yamagata Prefecture. The restaurant is famed for its Ita soba, a serving of noodles 50% larger than normal presented on a wood plank. You can enjoy the smooth texture of the restaurant’s ni-hachi soba noodles until you’re full to bursting. Mitoya also takes great pride in its bota mochi sweet adzuki bean rice cakes. The restaurant’s zunda mochi and fuku mochi rice cakes also have a simple flavor, and you can relax in the restaurant’s confines and enjoy the scenery of the Tachiya River from its windows. Mitoya also offers an abundant selection of seasonally limited items. Highly seasonal dishes include the mountain vegetable tempura in spring and the tomato stewed in lemon juice in summer.

    If you are visiting Yamadera and like soba, try Mitoya. Sitting at the counter overlooking the river is the best seat in this small restaurant. The service is good, as is the soba. Enjoy the view and...

  • Sakaeya Honten
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    4.0
    72 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamagata Pref. Yamagatashi Honchou 2-3-21
    An 18 minute walk from the east exit of Yamagata Station. A ramen restaurant which invented chilled hiyashi ramen, a Yamagata specialty. Inspired by a brief comment made by a customer, the restaurant’s original owner first began offering hiyashi ramen in 1952 after much trial and error. The fat in the broth doesn’t congeal despite being chilled, and this soup, perfect for enjoying in the heat of high summer, is both light and yet rich in flavor. It’s so delicious you’ll want to drink every last drop! The crisp bean sprouts and cucumber o top add a nice accent.

    雨が降って少し肌寒い日でしたがせっかくなので冷やしワンタンラーメン上注文。 ただの冷たいラーメンではなくしっかりスープが美味しく、脂も動物系も使ってるところが美味しさの理由でしょう。 山形のラーメンはどの店もボリュームが多くて食べ甲斐があります。

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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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