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  • Mt. Haguro Shrine Sando
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamagata Pref. Tsuruokashi Haguromachitouge In the ground
    The Mt. Haguro Shrine Sando is a 1.7-kilometer walking path, or approach to a shrine, from Zuishin Gate up to the summit of Mt. Haguro. The path passes past a five-storied pagoda, over 2,446 stone steps, through ancient cedar trees dating back more than 300 years, all the way to Sanjin Gosaiden, a shrine dedicated to the deities of the three mountains, Mt. Haguro, Mt. Gassan, and Mt. Yudono. The shrine approach to Mt. Haguro is also listed in the Michelin Green Guide Japan.
  • Observatory in Nishi-Zao Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamagata Pref. Yamagatashi Nakasakurada
    Nishi-Zao Park, a popular park with families, has wide slides, a large playground and athletic equipment, and a barbecue area set in an extensive site. From the observatory, visitors can overlook Yamagata City, and on sunny days Mt. Gassan and Mt. Asahi can be seen. It is famous as a leading night view spot of the Tohoku region.
  • Mizunomachiya Nanokamachi-Gotenzeki
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamagata Pref. Yamagatashi Nanukamachi 2-7-6
    This commercial facility is located on the Ushu Kaido Road in Nanukamachi, Yamagata City. The area was redeveloped to utilize the landscape of Gotenzeki, one of the agricultural canals that were counted among the Yamagata Goseki. Today it's a townscape with a modern Japanese atmosphere. In addition to restaurants and cafes, there are kimono shops and stores dedicated to Yonezawa-ori fabric. It also houses the Kiyoyuki Okuyama's workshop, who is known for overseeing the first Japanese designed Ferraris.
  • Senshinan
    15 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamagata Pref. Yamagatashi Midorichou 1-4-28
    This is a gardening culture study center located in Midori Town, Yamagata City. Famous for his design of the Hotel Okura garden, one can enjoy this traditional Japanese garden style of a pond surrounded by meandering paths designed by Sentaro Iwaki. Another design trait is the many historic rock structures placed throughout the garden. Adjacent to the garden is a cultural studies center, equipped with a multi-purpose hall where exhibitions, concerts, and other events can be held.


  • Hijiori Onsen Morning Market
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamagata Pref. Mogamigunokuramura Minamiyama 451-2
    This morning market is held at the resort of Hijiori Onsen district with its 1,200-year history. Between late April and late November, it's held daily from about 5:30 am (although this may change with the season). They sell fresh agricultural products such as seasonal vegetables, as well as wild vegetables, handmade items like Shiso rolls, and more.
  • Sakatakita Port Ryokuchi Observatory Tower
    7 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamagata Pref. Sakatashi Takasago 231
    This observation tower in Sakata Port also serves as a lighthouse, a rarity in Japan. The first floor features the Minato monoshirikan Hall, which exhibits panels educating visitors about the port. On the seventh floor, 18 meters up, the observation room offers a view of Sakata Port, along with the Sea of Japan, Takasago Wharf, cruise ships, and Japan Naval SDF ships.

    駐車場も広く、入場料 無料、エレベーターですぐに上がれます。眺めだけ見るなら最高です。 一階には展示物もありますが 長時間いるのは難しいかと思います。

  • Gyokusenji Temple Garden
    14 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamagata Pref. Tsuruokashi Haguromachitamagawa 35
    This garden at Gyokusen-ji Temple, also called the Flower Temple, was made in 1450. Centered around a large pond, with a natural waterfall on the stream flowing from the mountains, the park has a variety of flowering plants, azaleas, maples, and Japanese primrose in a Chisen Kaiyushiki Horai water-based promenade garden. Nationally recognized as a Cultural Asset Spot of Scenic Beauty, it is popular all year round for its scenery.

    Hard to explain what makes this place special. The shrine looks just a bit more elegant but it is the complete setting that lifts this sight above many similar ones. The garden is perfectly...

  • Kaneyama Townscape and Ozeki
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamagata Mogami-gun Kaneyamamachi Kaneyama
    The entire area of Kaneyama in Kaneyama Town, Mogami County is known as a uniquely charming townscape filled with “Kaneyama-style houses” with white walls and gabled roofs. There is a promenade alongside the agricultural irrigation canal called the “Oozeki” that runs through the center of the town. You can enjoy strolling along the promenade while looking at the koi carp.
  • Mt. Torikabuto Observatory
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamagata Yamagata-shi Zao Onsen 940-1
    This observatory is on the peak of Mt. Torikabuto, at 1,387 meters above sea level. It offers a panorama view of Zao's onsen town and the surrounding mountains. This is also where god of good fortune and business success Zao Daikokuten, one of the Three Divinities of Zao, is enshrined, and every October 5th there is a festival for him here.
  • Seikien Garden
    13 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamagata Sakata-shi Hamada 1-11-13
    This garden is in Hamada 1-Chome, Sakata City. It was built in 1891, with design by master gardener Yamada Soyu, as part of a second home for local lord Ito Shirouemon. The once-huge garden where they also had a rice paddy on a premise, and is now a scaled-down public garden. The second-home building is now a rental hall available for tea ceremonies, etc.


  • Zao Pension Village Open Garden
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamagata Kaminoyama-shi Ogura Omori 1968
    This garden is on prefectural route 14 in Omori, Ogura, Kaminoyama City. Located in the Pension Village, every boarding house shares this garden. Its main season lasts from May through September, but there are seasonal flowers to be seen throughout the year. Each boarding house offers lunch and tea in addition to accommodations.
  • Sakai-shi Teien Garden
    5 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamagata Tsuruoka-shi Kachushinmachi 10-18 (Chido Hakubutsukan Uchi)
    This garden is attached to the Chido Museum, in Kachushinmachi, Tsuruoka City. This hill-and-pond garden was built on the north side of Shonai domain lord Sakai's former retirement residence. This is a nationally registered Place of Scenic Beauty due to its value as one of the few remaining residential gardens of the Tohoku region.

    致道博物館内にある日本庭園です。 手入れが行き届いておりとてもきれいでした。 ちょうど桜が終わった時期でしたので残念でしたが、花の季節になるともっと素敵なんだろうなと思わせる空間でした。

  • Suge-ke Teien Garden
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamagata Tsuruoka-shi Kachushinmachi 2-21
    Located in Kachushinmachi, Tsuruoka City, this garden was built in the mid-Edo period for the manor of Suge Sanehide, a senior vassal of the Shonai domain and descendant of Sugawara no Michizane (a famous political figure and scholar in the mid 9th century). It holds an ancient pine said to be over 300 years old, as well as weeping cherry blossoms and azaleas that are delights to see in their blossoming seasons. Tours are available with reservations.
  • Odaira Observation Deck
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamagata Akumi-gun Yuzamachi Fukura Chokaisan
    About a 20-minute drive from the Sakata Minato Interchange off the Nihonkai Tohoku Expressway via the National Route 7, this observatory is about halfway along the Chokaizan Blueline parkway which presents its seasonal displays of fresh verdure in the summer and ardent reds in the autumn. This observatory is located in the parking area of the Oodaira Sanso government inn, at about 1000-meter elevation. From here one can enjoy a panoramic view of the Shonai plain, and see the Tobishima Island directly ahead. On a clear day, one can see as far as the North Oga Peninsula in Akita, and the Awa and Sado Islands of Niigata to the South. It has a magnificent view of the sun setting in the Sea of Japan and of star-studded night sky.
  • Chokai Blue Line
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamagata Akumi-gun Yuzamachi
    This approximately 35 km long mountain parkway, runs from Fukura, Yuzamachi Town to Kisakatamachi, Nikaho City in Akita enroute Hokodate point about halfway up Mt. Chokai. The route propels you from sea level to 1100 meters in one swoop, making this an exhilarating drive. Not only can one enjoy Mt. Chokai, but a panoramic view of the Shonai plain, the Sea of Japan, at a distance, Tobishima and Sado Islands, and Oga Peninsula. The parkway displays its seasonal fresh verdure in the summer and the ardent reds in the autumn. About midway along the route is an observatory, and there are virgin beech forests and other spots to visit including the Shinroku Park. The parkway is closed during wintertime, from the late October to late April.
  • Atsumionsen Morning Market
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamagata Tsuruoka-shi Yuatsumi
  • Yoshituneohashi
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamagata Prefecture Mogami District top-cho, Semi in Hot Springs
  • Morning Market Misawa Mura
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamagata Yonezawa-shi
  • Gakkogawakasenshiki Kyuasahibashi
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamagata Pref. Akumigunyuzamachi Yoshide
  • Hiyoshicho Ishidatami
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamagata Sakata-shi Hiyoshicho 1 Chinai

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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