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Sightseeing Spot Spots in Yamagata Area

  • Studio Sedic Shonai Open Set
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    Yamagata Pref. Tsuruokashi Haguromachikawadai Higashimasukawayama 102
    This is a photo spot and tourist facility in Haguro Town, Tsuruoka City, Yamagata Prefecture, open to the public mainly as a set for shooting period piece films. It is famous as the location for well-known films including “Departures,” “Zatoichi THE LAST” and “Time Scoop Hunter.” Shooting sets are dotted around the vast 88-hectare (880,000m²) area, and aside from urban areas one can also see various locations including mountain settlements, fishing villages and inn towns. Excursion buses operating in the area cost 500 yen for the day.
  • Lake Gassan Daifunsui Fountain
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    Yamagata Pref. Nishimurayamagunnishikawamachi Sunagoseki 158-130 (Cultural Museum of Tsukiyama Lake Water)
    This fountain at Lake Gassan is on the Gassan Hanagasa Line in Sunagoseki, Nishikawa Town, Nishimurayama County. Reaching a height of 112 meters, it's the tallest fountain in Japan. It's associated with the Sagae Dam of the same height that forms the reservoir, as well as the Gassan Hanagasa Line (National Route 112). From late April to the beginning of November, the fountain is turned on hourly, seven times a day on weekdays and eight on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. A combination of spray angles and lighting creates fountain patterns that change with the seasons.
  • Kubo Cherry Tree of Isazawa
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    Yamagata Pref. Nagaishi Kamisazawa 2027
    This ancient tree is in Nagai City, Yamagata Prefecture. This edo-higanzakura cherry tree is approximately 1,200 years old, and 13.85 meters high. It's not only famous in the Tohoku area as the Sakura Titan, it's also a registered National Natural Monument. Every April, when the tree is in bloom, they hold a Sakura Matsuri here, and the evening illumination allows visitors to appreciate the beautiful sight even at night.
  • Eboshiyama Senbonzakura
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    Yamagata Pref. Nanyoushi Akayu 1415 In the Wolpskan Park
    This popular cherry blossom viewing spot is in Eboshiyama Park in Akayu, Nanyo City. It has been given the name Eboshiyama Senbonzakura for its 1,000-plus trees that come into bloom including 100-year-plus weeping cherry trees, Yoshino cherry trees, and rare Edo-higanzakura cherry trees. With its view of Akayu Onsen and the shopping districts, it has been selected as one of the top 100 cherry blossom spots in Japan, making it a popular tourist area.
  • Nagai Iris Park
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    Yamagata Pref. Nagaishi Yokomachi 5-1
    This municipal park in Yokocho, Nagai City has over 100 years of history. It features one of the largest collections of irises in Japan with one million flowers and 500 cultivars. Visitors can appreciate valuable varieties such as Nagai Koshu, said to be very close to the original Japanese iris species. The park has free entry except for during its Iris Festival held between mid- June and early July.
  • 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.
  • Sagae Park
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    Yamagata Sagae-shi Sagae Nagaoka
    This park is located in Sagae Nagaoka, Sagae City. It has the largest azalea garden in the Tohoku region, with over 40,000 plants, an athletic field, a baseball field, and a local museum. There is also a square from which there is a great view; in spring you can see around 700 cherry trees in full bloom on the hill.
  • Ominowa no Osugi
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    Yamagata Mogami-gun Kaneyamamachi Ariya
    This Japanese cedar forest is located in Ariya Ominowa, Kaneyama Town, Mogami County. It is a beautiful forest of Kaneyama Japanese cedar, which is known for the good quality of its wood, comparable to that of Akita cedar. The forest is thought to have been planted in the mid-Edo period, and is filled with large trees that are about 300 years old and have a maximum height close to 60 meters.
  • Tsuya no Oyanagi
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    Yamagata Mogami-gun Tozawamura Tsuya Oyanagi 1960
    This willow tree is located in the Tsuya, Tozawa Village, Mogami County. The large tree is estimated to be 500 years old, is located close to the point where the Mogami River and Sake River merge together, and is said to be the largest willow tree in Japan by trunk circumference. It is said to have grown from willow chopsticks that somebody stuck in the ground after they had finished using them.
  • Iwakami Gongen Kurobe
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    Yamagata Mogami-gun Okuramura Akamatsu
    These giant trees are located in the Akamatsu, Okura Village, Mogami County. A giant cedar tree standing 25 meters tall and Japan’s tallest Japanese Thuja which also stands at 25 meters tall. They are now revered as local deities. The cedar tree has been designated a natural monument of the town, and the Thuja has been designated one of the “100 Giants of the Forest” by the Forestry Agency.
  • Shikamura Terraced Rice Fields
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    Yamagata Mogami-gun Okuramura Minamiyama
    These terraced rice fields are located in the Shikamura district in Minamiyama, Okura Village, Mogami County. A small village of about 100 households with fields covering around 120 hectares, conservation activities began when the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries designated it one of the “100 Best Rice Terraces in Japan.” Enjoy the unspoiled local rural scenery where the sacred Mt. Gassan melds beautifully with the terraced rice fields.

    夏の虫送り行事として、この棚田で毎年蛍火コンサートが行われる。棚田には手作りのライトが燈され幻想的な風景の中、今年は宗次郎さんのオカリナが響いた。

  • Mamigasaki Sakura Line
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    Yamagata Yamagata-shi
    This famous cherry blossom spot is located along the Mamigasaki River in Yamagata City. Around 200 cherry blossom trees have been planted along two kilometers of the riverbank. During the cherry blossom season they hold the “Mamigasaki Cherry Blossom Line Illuminations,” which let you enjoy the beautiful cherry blossoms at night.
  • Odaira Tsubaki Pass Hiking Trails
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    Yamagata Yamagata-shi Monden Ohira Chiku-ku
    This hiking trail is in the Ohira district of Yamagata City. It is located at the foot of Mt. Shirataka, and runs through an area filled with snow camellia. The prime season for the snow camellias, whose crimson blossoms accompany the melting of the snow from mid-April through early May. This is also the time of the Ohira Snow Camellia Festival.
  • Komorido no Sakura
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    Yamagata Nishiokitama-gun Shiratakamachi Ayukai Sakura 3347
    This cherry blossom viewing spot is in Sakuradate, Ayukai, Shirataka Town, Nishiokitama County. Located in one corner of the Ayukai Castle ruins, it holds an Edo-higanzakura cherry tree that is said to be over 1,000 years old. Its name, Komori-do, means “nursemaid temple,” and comes from a story about how a nursemaid was deified as a child-guardian Bodhisattva after raising the castle lord's sickly child into healthy adulthood. It is now a prefectural Natural Monument.
  • Yakushi-zakura Cherry
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    Yamagata Nishiokitama-gun Shiratakamachi Takadama 3663
    This cherry tree is in Takadama, Shirataka Town, Nishiokitama County. It's an Edo-higanzakura cherry planted on the grounds of the Yakushi-do temple, and is about 10 meters high. Stories tell that it was planted by Shogun Sakanoue no Tamuramaro when he came to this land as part of his conquest of the north. This would mean the tree is some 1,200 years old. It is a prefectural Natural Monument.
  • Juni no Sakura
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    Yamagata Nishiokitama-gun Shiratakamachi Yamaguchi 4006-2
    This cherry tree is in Yamaguchi, Shirataka Town, Nishiokitama County. It receives its name from its place next to the Juni Yakushi-do (twelfth Yakushi temple). It is about 400 years old, and as the third generation of great tree here, and when it is in bloom there are shops selling local specialty Yonaka no Kaimochi sweets. In addition, there are several other trees in the same town that are over 500 years old.
  • Donoiri-zakura Cherry
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    Yamagata Nishiokitama-gun Shiratakamachi Asadachi Haguro Iri 4396
    This cherry tree is in Asadachi Haguroiri, Shirataka Town, Nishiokitama County. A 680 year-old Edo-higanzakura cherry and prefectural Natural Monument, it got its name from a story about the 11th lord of the Yonezawa domain, Uesugi Narisada stopping here. There are several other trees in the same town that are over 500 years old, and in spring they hold the Shirataka Kotenzakura no Sato Cherry Festival.
  • Akasaka no Yakushi-zakura Cherry
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    Yamagata Nishiokitama-gun Shiratakamachi Minowada 1071
    This cherry tree is in Akasaka, Minowada, Shirataka Town, Nishiokitama County. A 970 year old Edo-higanzakura cherry tree, it's also a prefectural Natural Monument. There are several other trees in the same town that are over 500 years old, and in spring they hold the Shirataka Kotenzakura no Sato Cherry Festival.
  • Mogamigawa Riverbank Senbon-zakura
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    Yamagata Nagai-shi Sakura Ohashi-Nagai Hashi Hazama
    This cherry blossom spot is in Nagai City. Both banks of the Mogami River flowing through the city are planted with hundreds of cherry trees for about two kilometers, from Sakura Ohashi bridge to Nagai bridge. The project began to commemorate a visit from the Taisho Emperor in 1915 with cherry tree planting, and the line of trees over 100 years old is a sight to behold.
  • Nenjuseki Gate Ruins
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    Yamagata Nagai-shi Kusaoka 694
    This historic landmark is in Nezugaseki, Tsuruoka City. Along with Nakosonoseki and Shirakawanoseki, it is one of three historic Ou Gates. Stories say that this is the original location of the story behind Kanjincho, a kabuki drama based on the exploits of Minamoto no Yoshitsune.

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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