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  • Otochaya
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    4.0
    21 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.

    Good selection of decent pub food. Awesome craft beers. Good music, atmosphere and service. Menu not huge but quality was great and meals were a big size

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Yamagata Kanko Bussan Kaikan, Gutto Yamagata
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    4.0
    35 Reviews
    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.

    山形上山ICの近くです。ここに行けば、山形のものが全て揃う位のスケールのあるお店です。イートインコーナーも広々しています。試食も結構あり、漬け物やご飯のお供を実際に食べて選ぶことができます。ちゃんとウェットティッシュもあり、清潔感があります。山形に行ったら是非立ち寄ってほしい場所です。

  • Yonezawagyu Dining Bekoya
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    4.0
    72 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 stopped by this restaurant on the way back to Tokyo from Sendai. First, you take a Yamabiko Bullet Train from Sendai to Fukushima and transfer to a Tsubasa Bullet Train at Fukushima and go to...

  • Yamagatada
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    4.0
    30 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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    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.
  • 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
    36 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.

    After a long climb to the temple summit, this was a pleasant respite. My only issue was the lack of an English menu, pictures helped make my choice. I accidentally ordered an alcohol free beer, oh...

  • Haikarasan Dori
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    4.0
    20 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamagata Pref. Obanazawashi Ginzanshimbata 451
    This is a Japanese style cafe in Obanazawa City, just in front of Shiragane Falls at Ginzan Onsen. The burnt-umber colored interior overflows with Taisho-era atmosphere, with counter seating on the 1st floor and floor seating on the 2nd. Sightseers particularly like the Haikarasan Curry Bun. Firm, chewy bread made with Yamagata grown Nebarigoshi wheat, fried crisp with spicy curry inside. These are also popular as souvenirs. They also have Zunda mochi made with fresh green soybeans, Kurumochi with walnuts, and Yamagata home-style stewed taros and other delicacies.

    味は特に特徴的なものではなかったように思います。いたって普通のカレーパンという感じでした。期待していただけに残念な思いが残りました。

  • Sakaeya Honten
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    4.0
    54 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.

    冷やしラ-メンで有名なお店だが、ワンタン麺もとても美味しい。店に行列ができ待たされるが、おいしいからみんな同じ行動をとるんだね。

  • Shichibei Soba
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    4.5
    20 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamagata Pref. Kitamurayamagunoishidamachi Jinengo 266
    This is a soba noodle restaurant in Jinengo Oishida-machi, Kitamurayama County. Their only dish is cold morisoba, but even in winter they attract a crowd. They offer all-you-can-eat of their soba, dipped in a sobatsuyu broth mixed with daikon white radish. The soba comes with three side dishes including pickles to accompany your endless soba meal.

    9月の連休を使い南東北の旅に来ていた。 夏休みの北東北で巡れなかった南東北を 巡る旅でもあった。 さあ久しぶりの人気繁盛店 七兵衛そばへ 行こう。この店は、日経MJ新聞全国繁盛 店30店に掲載されそれを期に2012.4.29に 訪問していた。あれから6年ぶりの訪問と なった。 14:15 七兵衛そば 地図 行列が出来ているものと思ったらそれは 無く店内に入れた。3分ほど待つと座敷 に案内されほぼ...

  • Sushi Kappo Koise
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    4.5
    43 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamagata Pref. Sakatashi Aioichou 1-3-25
    This sushi restaurant along Prefectural Route 42, roughly five minutes on foot from Sakata Station, offers sushi made with local fish in season, and organic sushi rice made from the Shonai sasanishiki variety. The 10-piece set “Shun-no-omakasenigiri” (Chef’s Recommendation for the Season) is quite a popular dish.

    Flew into Shonai Airport after noon and rushed to pick up our rental car for want to check this sushi place out because their last order was 13:30. Sakata has passed its glorious days and many parts...

  • Soba Tsuruko
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    4.5
    6 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamagata Pref. Obanazawashi Tsuruko 445
    This soba restaurant is along Prefectural Route 301 in Tsuruko, Obanazawa City. The tsuyu broth is mixed with daikon juice and the noodles are made from scratch from house-ground buckwheat for a beloved, truly local flavor.

    平日に銀山温泉の帰りのランチで立ち寄りました。茅葺屋根が特徴の建物です。道路からちょっと離れているので、少し場所がわかりにくかったです。大根汁に麺つゆを入れるスタイルの蕎麦は絶品でした。辛味がいいアクセントです。脇を固めるキュウリの漬物と茹でたキクラゲもとても美味!そして何より、お水がとても美味しかったです。御所の水という湧水を使っているそうです。

  • Araki Soba
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    4.0
    31 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamagata Pref. Murayamashi Okubo Instep 65
    A long-established soba restaurant founded in 1920. The handmade soba noodles made from the Murayama Dewa-kaori variety of buckwheat are characteristically thick and very chewy. The menu consists of only ita-soba which is soba served in a long wooden box. Guests can choose from two types of sizes, either one portion, or one and a half portions. The soba can be enjoyed with side dishes of herring simmered in miso, or an assortment of seasonal vegetables.

    店の造り雰囲気 出て来る蕎麦 副菜などそれを求めている観光客にはたまらん店。 この雰囲気に浸ってそばを食べたい人にはお勧め。

  • Al-ché-cciano
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    4.0
    47 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamagata Pref. Tsuruokashi Shimoyamazoe Ichiriduka 83
    Since it was opened in 2000, this Italian restaurant has been serving the highest quality food using carefully selected ingredients delivered each morning from producers in Shonai. Guests can taste the full flavor of the food from Shonai in the many course meals available as well as from large platters, optional menus to add to your course meal, and special course meals to suit any guests’ needs.

    After seeing a recommendation for Al Che-cianno on YouTube I was eager to try this restaurant out. Tonight my partner and I ate here and we were not disappointed. The food was delicious! So simple...

  • Izu no Hana Soba and Sake
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamagata Pref. Obanazawashi Ginzanshimbata 440
    This charming restaurant at the entrance to Ginzan Onsen was established in 1952. It is operated as a soba noodle restaurant from 11:00, a coffee shop from 15:00 and a bar from 18:00. Each different time period serves different menus focusing on hand-made noodles, sweets and local sakes with snacks.
  • Handmade Suisha Ki-soba
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    4.0
    144 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamagata Pref. Tendoushi Kamatahonchou 1-3-26
    This restaurant continues to offer the same Kanchu Hikinuki Soba, made from buckwheat flour ground in the coldest winter, as was offered to the Shogunate at the close of the Edo period. The soba from Yamagata and Hokkaido is ground in the water-wheel mill and used fresh in handmade noodles on site. Their ramen Tori Chuka, made with Japanese broth and chicken, was once a staff dish that was only available to a few, but now is a hugely popular dish on regular offer.

    Here is famous for tori soba. If you visit yamagata prefecture must enjoy local noodles. Although here is always long queue. You should visit between lunch time and dinner time.

  • Sakana Ichi Yamagata Station Main Shop
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    4.0
    20 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamagata Pref. Yamagatashi Kasumichou 1-7-7
    This izakaya Japanese-style pub is near to Yamagata Station and focuses on Yamagata products. They offer a variety of Yamagata home-style cooking using fresh Shonai seafood and vegetables, and Yonezawa beef including stewed taros, tamakon konjac balls. There is also a wide variety of local sakes such as Dewazakura, Jokigen and Kudokijozu on the menu bought direct from the brewers by the owner.

    名前の通り、お酒は一流どころがほとんど揃っている。十四代も常備。 ツマミも、十分で酒に合う。 座敷や、個室スペースが多く、ビジネスでもプライベートでもおススメです。

  • Beef Restaurant Sukiyaki Tokiwa
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    4.0
    13 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamagata Pref. Yonezawashi Chuou 7-2-3 Congested wave beef shop 2F
    This Yonezawa beef specialist was founded in 1894. Their flagship dish is sukiyaki, but they also serve shabu-shabu hotpot, charcoal grilled beef, cubed steaks, and many other dishes with Yonezawa beef. They also have a junmai ginjo sake, Tokiwa, brewed especially to match their sukiyaki and other beef dishes.

    The lady at the sake store recommended this store to buy beef. after reading that the store has been around for 100 years, we figure wed try the restaurant also. Between the 4 of us, we...

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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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