Workshop Spots in Yamagata Area

  • Kurashi Kobo
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamagata Mogami-gun Kaneyamamachi Nakada 298
    This activity center is located in Nakada Sugisawa, Kaneyama Town, Mogami County. Here you can get in touch with nature through indigo dyeing, collecting maple sap and crafting. A bed and breakfast service is also available. All activities and stays require reservation.
  • Shinjo Kame-ayaori Weaving Association
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamagata Shinjo-shi Tokamachi 1509-2
    The fabric workshop is on national route 13 in Toka-machi, Shinjo City. They carry on the traditional weaving style of Shinjo Kameaya-ori, which has a history going back 200 years to the feudal Hansei period, and is so intricate they say it takes an entire day just to weave 10 centimeters. This earned it the nickname “phantom fabric.” They display and sell cloth items like neckties and bags, and can also make fabric to order.
  • Hachimitsu no Mori Candles
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamagata Nishimurayama-gun Asahimachi Tateki 825-3
    This candle workshop is on prefectural route 289 in Tateki, Asahi-machi, Nishimurayama County. They make beeswax candles from raw honeybee hive, an apiary byproduct. The attached shop sells their candles, and with reservations you can take a candle-making class.

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.

Yamagata Photo Album

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