Spots in Yamagata / Zao / Tendo / Kaminoyama Area

  • Hoshuyama Risshakuji Temple
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    4.5
    892 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamagata Pref. Yamagatashi Yamadera 4456-1
    A temple of the Tendai sect, Hoshuyama Risshakuji is located across the Tachiya River from JR Yamadera Station on the Senzan Line. Normally called “Yamadera”, it was opened by Ennin in 860 by decree of Emperor Seiwa. Currently, it is designated a Zao Quasi-National Park, with 1,090,000 square meters green lot with about 30 towers—the most historic holy mountain in the Tohoku region. A famous haiku poet Matsuo Basho wrote “Shizukasa ya iwa ni shimiiru semi no koe (Such stillness / The cries of the cicadas / Sink into the rocks)” here. Its remnants remain as “semi-zuka,” and many poets like Mokichi Saito have poems inscribed here.

    Well worth the hike up. I would recommend wearing spikes up in the snow as it was slippery. Easy hike on the steps and takes maybe 20/30 minutes.

  • Zao Onsen Ski Resort
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    4.5
    330 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamagata Pref. Yamagatashi Zaouonsen 708-1
    This is a ski resort located in Zao Onsen Yamagata City Yamagata Prefecture boasting the largest land area in Tohoku. The courses have a wide variety of length and inclines and it is also enjoyed by school excursion parties as well as families and couples. The upper ice-field course offers a wide view of the signature frost-covered trees. Seeing the magical frost-covered trees illuminated at night is a must. The Zao Onsen town spreads out from the mountain’s foot.

    Such a great ski resort and all is great. You can spend 4 days for skiing and enjoy the speed and scenery passing by you when skiing. After the daily ski, in the evening you can enjoy the hot spring...

  • Yamagata Castle Ruins (Kajo Park)
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    4.0
    183 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamagata Pref. Yamagatashi Kajoumachi 1-7 (management office)
    These castle ruins, in Kajo-machi Yamagata City, is designated as a National Historic Site. It is said that Kaneyori Shiba, the father of the Mogami, built the Yamagata Castle in 1356. Today the ninomaru moat, the earthen mound, and the stone walls remain. A replica of the ninomaru west gate has been reconstructed at the entrance to Kajo Park (Kajo being another name for the castle). Selected as one of Japan's top 100 castles, it is one of the recommended sites to visit in Japan.

    About 650m from Yamagata station to the south bridge across the moat, Kajo Park is easy to get to. There is an elevated walkway around about 90% of the perimeter; it is in the shade and affords nice...

  • Yamagata City Folk Museum (Former Saiseikan Hospital Main Building)
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    4.0
    84 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamagata Yamagata-shi Kajomachi 1-1
    This museum is located inside Kajo Park in Kajo-machi, Yamagata City. Built in 1878 as the prefectural hospital, the “Saiseikan” was relocated and restored, and is now used to exhibit items related to local history and medicine. The building is designated as a National Important Cultural Property.

    It’s a little museum, located inside Yamagata Castle Park, north of Yamagata Station, about 13mins walk (1.1km) Honestly, it was in our plan as it look like “just an old building. We decided to pay...

  • Yamagata Museum of Art
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    4.0
    51 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamagata Pref. Yamagatashi Otemachi 1-63
    This museum is located across the way to the east of Kajo Park in Ote-machi, Yamagata City. Exhibited here are not only the Japanese works of Matsuo Basho's Three Mountains of Dewa writings, Yosa Buson's The Narrow Road through the Provinces scroll, but also a collection of Modern French works including Monet and Renoir. The museum also hosts various planned exhibits related to the collections, the Yamagata General Art Exhibits, local art exhibits, photography exhibits, and calligraphy exhibits.

    Living in Paris, I go quite often to Orsay or marmottan museums. The 40 paintings exposed (monet, pissaro, van dongen, Chagall,... ) are very fine. There are very well representating the period...

  • Yamadera Basho Museum
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    4.0
    56 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamagata Pref. Yamagatashi Yamadera Minamiin 4223
    This is a memorial museum for Matsuo Basho, the renowned haiku poet, located along Prefectural Route 19 in Yamadera, Yamagata City. The museum host various events such as haiku contests along with the permanent exhibit displaying drafts written in Basho's own hand, letters, and other archival materials pertaining to his life, as well as a theater corner documenting his life. The museum has tatami mat training rooms and tea rooms available for seminars or tea ceremonies and other traditional cultural art events.

    Basho is considered one of the best, if not the best, Haiku poet. If one is really, really interested in this art form, this museum is well worth a visit. If Haiku is not your thing, visiting the...

  • Honzan Jionji Temple
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    4.5
    36 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamagata Pref. Sagaeshi Jionji Cadastral 31
    Honzan Jionji Temple is located in Jionji in the city of Sagae. It is said to have been founded in 746 by Baramon Sojo. During the Edo period (1615-1868) it controlled 18 villages and land that produced about 505,095 liters of rice, making it the most powerful temple in the Tohoku region. Even though its influence has shrunk in the present day, its former precincts have been designated a National Historic Site, and it contains many Important Cultural Properties, including its main building and collection of Buddhist statues, as well as Jionji Bugaku, a type of dance performed during the Issai Kyoe Festival, held on May 5 every year.

    とても静かで厳かな空気のなか、立派な山門と御堂、三重塔が迎え入れてくれました。ちょうどこの期間は秋の特別展として、阿弥陀堂特別拝観が行われており、通常拝観で目にすることができる聖徳太子立像や十二神将のほかに、阿弥陀如来座像も拝観することができました。本当に立派な仏像でした!聞くところによると、国の重要文化財等の数は、山形県内ナンバーワンとのこと!特に十二神将は海外の展示会にも出品してるほどなのに...

  • Tendo Municipal Shogi Museum
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    3.5
    39 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamagata Pref. Tendoushi Honchou 1-1-1
    The Shogi Museum in Tendo city, with a 95% share of Japan’s Shogi piece production, hosts exhibitions explaining how the game was born, how it came to Japan, Shogi around the world, how pieces are made, and displays of famous works by Shogi craftsmen, all to help visitors better understand and appreciate the game. It’s eight minutes’ drive from Tendo Interchange on the Tohoku Expressway.

    Tendo City Shogi Museum天童將棋館is one of the “bus-stop” in Tendo City during our 2016 Autumn leaf-viewing Trip. The small museum pretty much told the story of Shogi which was not very interesting to us...

  • Cherryland Sagae
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    4.0
    10 Reviews
    Transportation
    Yamagata Sagae-shi
    This roadside station is located along National Route 112 in Kawara, Yakuwa, Sagae City. The largest roadside station in the Tohoku region, Cherryland Sagae is centered around a souvenir store that sells a wide range of Yamagata specialties, such as famous sweets, agricultural produce, local sake and handicrafts. There is also a restaurant and a food court that serve food made using Yamagata beef and Shonai pork. Also, on the other side of the road there is a large cherry orchard called “Hakka Orchard Onuma.” There are also products only available at Cherryland, such as “Jion-ji Temple Golden Sesame Walnut Yubeshi.”

    ここでは山形県村山地方のお土産物がすべてそろいます 周りがさくらんぼ果樹園で6月はさくらんぼ一色です 5月の連休にはさくらんぼの種飛ばしを競うイベントがありました

  • Lina World
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    3.5
    29 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamagata Pref. Kaminoyamashi Kanakame Mizukami 108-1
    The largest comprehensive leisure land in the Tohoku region is approximately one kilometer from Yamagata-Kaminoyama Interchange. It has a total of 30 attractions on an extensive site such as the Ferris wheel painted in a Hello Kitty design popular with small children and thrilling roller coasters, some of the many cute rides made in collaboration with Sanrio. There is a variety of food available at the restaurant & cafe, such as curry and hamburgers. The park is closed during the winter from late November to early March.

    if you come with family I can recommend there. free pass just 3900yen. you can play all day. also many restaurant inside.

  • Mogami Yoshiaki Historical Museum
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    4.0
    54 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamagata Yamagata-shi Otemachi 1-53
    This museum is on Koen-dori Street in Otemachi, Yamagata City. Located on the ruins of Komyo-ji temple, which was the Bodaiji temple holding the remains of first Mogami Clan lord Shiba Kaneyori, and holds materials connected to the first Yamagata domain lord, Mogami Yoshiaki, and other members of the clan. They display martial pieces like swords and armor, as well as scrolls, paintings, and other valuable items.

    入館料無料の「最上義光歴史館」です。「山形に最上義光あり」という感じでした。 戦国時代から江戸時代前期にかけての出羽国の大名である「最上義光」ですが、大まかにいうと、山形城を中心とした当時の山形県の街つくりに貢献したとわかるような展示だった覚えがあります。 「山形に最上義光あり」という感じでした。入場料無料なので訪れても良いかもです。

  • Yamagata Marugoto-kan Beni-no-Kura
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    4.0
    51 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamagata Pref. Yamagatashi Tokamachi 2-1-8
    Located a 10 minute walk from JR Yamagata Station, this tourism and shopping facility focuses on seasonal Yamagata treats, delicacies, and products. The building was originally constructed as a warehouse and home for the Hasegawa safflower merchant family. In addition to restaurants, a souvenir shop, and direct farm shop selling local Yamagata agricultural products, the facility also hosts a tourist information center. At Beni-no-Kura, you can enjoy stone ground, handmade soba noodles; Italian cuisine made with traditional and seasonal vegetables; sweets, and more. At the souvenir shop and direct farm shop, you can purchase traditional Yamagata crafts, rare Japanese legacy vegetables, and other fresh agricultural products.

    山形に来たら絶対食すのが冷たい肉そば。これまで3店で食してみましたが、宿から近い場所で探したのが同店です。蔵を改装した建物は趣があります。迷わず注文した冷たい肉そばが運ばれてきました。今までに経験したことのない冷やし具合。味がぼんやりして引き立ってこないのは、この冷やし過ぎによるものかどうかは判断がつきにくかったです

  • Yupia
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    4.0
    25 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Yamagata Pref. Tendoushi Tounaishinden 1620-1
    This day use hot spring facility has a view of Mt. Gassan and the Asahi mountain range from its outdoor baths, the largest in the prefecture. The hypotonic high temperature springs are said to be effective at treating muscle soreness and nerve pain. There are two different source springs, high temperature and low, for the large baths, full body bath with jets, saunas, and cold water baths. There is a physically challenged bath available by reservation as well.

    I had never been in a Japanese public bath before and this was a great first experience. The facility is spacious and clean and items to rent (towels etc). The bathing area includes smaller sit...

  • Jakushou-ji Temple on Mt. Reiryu
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    4.0
    28 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamagata Pref. Tendoushi Yamamoto 2205-1
    Jakushou-ji Temple is a Tendai Buddhist temple located on the slopes of Mr. Reiyu in Tendo City. It is the first stop in the 33 Kannon Temples pilgrimage, and is also known as Jakushou Kannon Temple. According to tradition, the Temple was founded in 708 A.D. by the bodhisattva Gyoki, who saw a vision of 33 images of the Buddhist deity Kannon on Mt. Reiyu after being led to the site by the sound of a bell. Praying to Kannon at Jakushou-ji Temple is said to bring good luck with respect to love and marriage, and it is also said that visitors who ring the large “Enfuku” wind-bell in the Temple will be blessed with a happy partnership. The Temple’s Kannon Hall and its gilt-bronze round plaque bearing an image of Kannon have both been designated as Important Cultural Properties, as has a colored ita-e (painting on a wooden panel) depicting heavenly horses.

    縁結びで有名なお寺です。縁結び祈願の絵馬がたくさんありました。 雨が降っていましたが、なんだか荘厳な雰囲気で身が引き締まるような感覚になりました。またお遍路の1番所でこれからお遍路に回る予定の方がいらっしゃいました。たまたま聞けたのですが、おいずりの色が3種類あって、赤は両親が健在の方、青は片親しか生きていない人、白は両親がどちらともいない方、のようです。

  • Handmade Suisha Ki-soba
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    4.0
    156 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.

  • Genshichi Roten no Yu
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    4.5
    21 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Yamagata Pref. Yamagatashi Zaouonsen Arashiki 862-1
    This day use bath center pipes natural hot spring water “kakenagashi” style into the tubs. The water quality is acidic sulfur-containing aluminum sulfate chloride spring, and it is said to be effective in treating joint pain and skin diseases, as well as having beautifying effects on skin. The wide open outdoor baths are lit up at night to offer a magical night view of the natural scenery. The indoor baths are filled with the relaxing scent of hinoki cypress, and are popular with people coming to soak away their fatigue.

    This hot spring is in the Mt. Zao hot spring area in Yamagata prefecture. One of my favorite hot spring. There are indoor bath and outdoor bath. Indoor bath is made of and vary traditional bath...

  • Zao Central Ropeway
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    4.0
    13 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamagata Pref. Yamagatashi Zaouonsen 940-1
    Called a ropeway, this aerial tram connects the Onsen Station of Yamagata Zao Onsen hot springs to the Torikabuto Station. The large gondolas, with a 101 person capacity, move the distance of 1,787 meters, rising 524 meters in just seven and a half minutes. One can enjoy the natural beauty of Mt. Zao, and visit the Torikabuto observatory just one minute from the Torikabuto Station that overlooks all of Kaminoyama City.

    お客さんの数は例年の半分くらいだそうですよ。 山形蔵王のロープウェイ、ケーブルには、大きく3つ「蔵王中央ロープウェイ」「蔵王スカイケーブル」「蔵王ロープウェイ」とありますが、その中央に位置しているのが「蔵王中央ロープウェイ」ですね。「温泉駅」と「鳥兜駅」を結ぶロープウェイです。 それなりに大きいロープウェイなので、また、例年の半分ぐらいのお客さんの数だったので、人で混みまくっている感じはなかったで...

  • S-PAL Yamagata
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    3.5
    37 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamagata Yamagata-shi Kasumicho 1-1-1
    This commercial facility is directly connected to Yamagata Station in Kasumi-cho 1-chome, Yamagata City. There you can find various stores for fashion, household goods, souvenirs and more. It was refurbished in 2017, and now has the “Irodori Kitchen” on the first floor which sells fresh foods, prepared dishes and other foodstuffs, and “Yamagata Souvenirs Aya” on the second floor which stocks all kinds of local candies and special items.

    JR山形駅改札口と 同じフロア2階に 土産店[清川屋][山形銘店][ふるさと銘酒店 ひのきの里]等があり 旅行者には 何かと便利です。今回[ふるさと銘酒店 ひのきの里]に 山形産の日本酒がスラリ(添付 写真参照)と並んでいたので《出羽桜酒造 雪女神 四割八分 純米大吟醸》を購入し、入口にある[HATAKE...

  • Sky Cable
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    4.0
    31 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamagata Yamagata-shi Zao Onsen 794
    This ropeway runs through Zao Onsen. It covers 1,636 meters, with an elevation difference of 342 meters, from Uwanodai Station in the onsen town, to Chuokogen Station. One of the Three Divinities of Zao, Zao Daigongen, is enshrined in front of Chuokogen Station, and there is a hiking trail taking in several sights like Dokkonuma pond.

    蔵王スキー場に行くと必ず一回は乗ります。風雪を防ぐカプセル型であり、二人だけで乗ることもできるので気を使うこともなく気楽なものです。

  • Yamagata Prefectural General Sports Park
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    3.5
    12 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamagata Pref. Tendoushi Sannou 1-1
    Yamagata Prefectural General Sports Park is located in Tendo City, Yamagata Prefecture; it was opened in 1992 as a place for local people to participate in sporting and leisure activities, and as the venue for the 47th National Sports Festival of Japan (the “Benibana National Sports Festival”). This large Park includes an athletics stadium, a multi-purpose sports stadium, tennis courts, a baseball stadium, a soccer stadium, etc. There is also a children’s “Play Forest” with a long roller slide and lots of other play equipment, and the “Ikoi Plaza” where visitors can enjoy a relaxing stroll. The Park is used by people of all ages. The open-air swimming pool (which is only open in the summer months) has a “lazy river,” water slides, a special pool for young children, etc., and is very popular with children and families.

    山形観光で天童に宿泊しましたが、イチョウ並木が見頃ということで朝から行ってみました。 朝日を浴びて、黄金色に輝いていました。 イチョウ以外にも、カエデや紅葉する木もあり、散歩を楽しめます。 ”やきの道”、”いちょうの道”には、西駐車場が近くでおすすめです。

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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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