Precious Wood Spots in Yamagata Area

  • Ominowa no Osugi
    Travel / Tourism
    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
    Travel / Tourism
    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
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • The Great Zelkova Tree of Higashine
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamagata Higashine-shi Honmaru Minami 1-1-1 Higashine Municipal Higashine Elementary School Schoolyard
    The Great Higashine Zelkova Tree is a huge ancienttree that grows on the grounds of Higashine Elementary School in Higashine City, Yamagata Prefecture. It is said to be between 1,000 and 1,500 years old, and it is already mentioned in documents from the Edo Period (1615-1868) as being a large tree. Originally, there were two trees, the “mother zelkova” and the “father zelkova,” but the “father tree” died in 1885, so now only one remains. In 1957, it was designated as a National Natural Monument. Along with the Great Haramachi Zelkova Tree in Gunma Prefecture and the Great Mitsue Zelkova Tree in Yamanashi Prefecture, it is considered one of Japan's Three Great Zelkova Trees.
  • Garyu no Matsu
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamagata Murayama-shi Okubo Otsu

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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