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  • Zao Onsen Ski Resort
    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.
  • Shichiemongama Pottery
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    4.0
    1 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamagata Pref. Yamagatashi Hirashimizu 153
    At the southern foot of Mt. Chitose in Hirashimizu within Yamagata Prefecture's Yamagata City is “Hirashimizuyaki” pottery, which holds history passed down from the Edo period. There are over 300 artisan-made items on display and for sale. There are (paid) ceramics experience classes, and by crafting with a hand-cranked rokuro, or potter's wheel and doing their own painting, guests can create a truly unique piece. It is baked and shipped out after a month or so. Ceramics classes are open from 9 am-3 pm.

    陶芸体験ができる施設です。予約なしでふらっと立ち寄れるにも関わらず、スタッフの人が丁寧に教えてくれます。 手軽さが気に入り、何度も利用しています。作品の仕上げの色などもいろいろ選べて満足度が高いです。

  • Zao Ropeway
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    4.0
    167 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamagata Pref. Yamagatashi Zaouonsen 229-3
    This is a ropeway operating at Zao Onsen, Yamagata City, Yamagata Prefecture, running from Zao Sanroku Station in Zao Onsen town to Juhyo-Kogen Station, and from Juhyo-Kogen Station to Jizo Sanchou Station in Zao Jizoson. Winter season demand is high from skiers who want transport and visitors to the Juyo Light Up Event, and in summer it is used by many mountain climbers. By using a gondola named “Funitel” one can have a pleasant ride without any harsh humps or bumps. In all four seasons, from autumn leaves to frost-covered trees to new spring ones, a visitor can enjoy all of the splendid nature Zao has to offer.

    The area is very much a paradise for hiking enthusiasts but even a casual traveller can get up Jizoyama for a small hike. A return-ticket from the base costs about 2,800yen and you take two ropeways...

  • Zao Onsen Dai Rotenburo
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    4.5
    167 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Yamagata Pref. Yamagatashi Zaouonsen Arai-ku 853-3
    A famous big open-air bath at the highest point in Zao Onsen town. An open-air bath for men and women made alongside the mountain stream, with capacity for 200 people. An open construction surrounded by Zao’s nature, it is a popular spot for enjoying the hot spring or peaceful walk through the woods. The hot spring water is of the highly acidic sulfur variety, also called the “beauty maker.” It is closed from December to the following March. Take the Yamako Bus to its last stop in the “Zao Onsen” direction.

    Fantastic to sit in a hot spring in the middle of nature - all the greenery around me when I was there. A couple of big pools. You need to walk down a set of stairs to get to the washing area...

  • Shinzaemon no Yu
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    4.0
    5 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Yamagata Pref. Yamagatashi Zaouonsen Kawamae 905
    A day-trip bathing facility in Kawamae, Zao Onsen, Yamagata City, Yamagata Prefecture, with four types of baths available for men and women to enjoy including the 100% source water “Mogami Takayu” and “Shiroku (4/6) no Yu” a blend of source water for people with weaker disposition. Both open-air and indoor baths are spacious with an open construction. There is also an attached restaurant where one can enjoy local specialties including Yamagata beef shabu-shabu and soba noodles. There is also a free rest room in which to spend the whole day relaxing.

    日帰り温泉が楽しめる湯の花茶屋では、山形名物馬喰鍋が提供されていた。馬力を付けるべく食したが、臭みもなく出汁も旨く味わえた。Zaoセンタープラザで日帰り温泉入るより断然良かった

  • Otochaya
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    4.0
    21 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamagata Pref. Yamagatashi Zaouonsen 935-24
    A cafe-restaurant in Zao Onsen, Yamagata City, Yamagata Prefecture, attracting visitors with its warm atmosphere and wood-fire stove. The interior has a home-made feel, the perfect spot for a moment's rest between skiing and hot spring exploring. Enjoy the taste of specialty Chinese tea, organic coffee, local Yamagata Beef cuisine, and original curry. Works and accessories made by Yamagata artists are also on display and for sale.

    Good selection of decent pub food. Awesome craft beers. Good music, atmosphere and service. Menu not huge but quality was great and meals were a big size

  • Bukeyashiki District (Kaminoyama Onsen)
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamagata Pref. Kaminoyamashi Tsuruhagichou 1
    Samurai residences stand to the northwest of the Kamiyama Castle, constructed in the 1535. The remaining four samurai residences have hook-shaped thatched rooves, with main and separate servant entrances built in typical samurai architectural style. The Miwa family residence and the former Sogabe residence is open to the public for viewing. You can take a look inside the building and also view the garden. Entry into the Miwa house requires an admission fee.
  • Sandinista
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamagata Pref. Yamagatashi Kasumichou 2-3-35 eighth building B1F
    This music lounge is near Yamagata Station's East Exit, and has a high-quality sound system that can be used for the performances of both DJs and bands, giving it the strong support of artists from a wide range of music genres. They regularly hold club events where you can enjoy DJ performances and live concerts by bands, and it is crowded day after day with many music lovers.
  • az nanokamachi
    Shopping
    Yamagata Pref. Yamagatashi Nanukamachi 1-2-39
    A shopping mall and multipurpose complex situated along the Ushu Highway east of Kajo Park. The eight floor building consists of shopping between floors one and three and the Yamagata City Central Community Center from floors four through eight. The shopping area primarily consists of stores selling women's clothing and other apparel as well as all sorts of life necessities and niceties, from jewelry to glasses and bags. The Yamagata Geibun Museum is also located on floor 2 and sells and holds exhibitions of works of art by local artists. Community center facilities include a library, performance hall, and gallery.
  • Hoshuyama Risshakuji Temple
    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.
  • Yamagata Kanko Bussan Kaikan, Gutto Yamagata
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    4.0
    35 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamagata Pref. Yamagatashi Omotezaou 68
    Located just off the Yamagata Kaminoyama Interchange on the Tohoku Chuo Expressway, Yamagata Kanko Bussan Kaikan “Gutto Yamagata” is a tourist destination with many attractive features. Special attractions include The Street of 100-Year-Old Shops and the sections where Yamagata saké and other famous food ingredients and products from Yamagata Prefecture. Just inside the entrance is an event plaza, where local governments, businesses, and others in the prefecture hold events daily as efforts to promote Yamagata.

    山形上山ICの近くです。ここに行けば、山形のものが全て揃う位のスケールのあるお店です。イートインコーナーも広々しています。試食も結構あり、漬け物やご飯のお供を実際に食べて選ぶことができます。ちゃんとウェットティッシュもあり、清潔感があります。山形に行ったら是非立ち寄ってほしい場所です。

  • Yamagata Marugoto-kan Beni-no-Kura
    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.
  • Yamagatada
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    4.0
    30 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamagata Pref. Yamagatashi Jounanmachi 1-1-1 Kasagi Central 1F
    A one minute walk in an area directly connected to Yamagata Station. An izakaya Japanese-style bar where you can enjoy local Yamagata cuisine and sakes. Relax in the sunken kotatsu-style seating area modeled after a cherry orchard. The Yamagata native chef prepares delicious cuisine using local fish and vegetables with an emphasis on freshness. The restaurant’s courses are particularly popular, giving diners the chance to enjoy seasonal dishes and a main course of pork shabu-shabu made with SPF (specific-pathogen-free) pork. Other seasonal Yamagata cuisine on offer includes imoni taro and meat stew, a local Yamagata specialty, and Yonezawa beef.

    Had dinner here and was very pleased with the food and drink selections. The beef selections are Yamagata and Yonezawa and you can order a small portion of each. At times this restaurant offers four...

  • Mitoya
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    4.0
    36 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamagata Pref. Yamagatashi Yamadera 4494-5
    A handmade soba noodle restaurant located on the approach to the Risshaku-ji Temple, one of the most famous temples in Yamagata Prefecture. The restaurant is famed for its Ita soba, a serving of noodles 50% larger than normal presented on a wood plank. You can enjoy the smooth texture of the restaurant’s ni-hachi soba noodles until you’re full to bursting. Mitoya also takes great pride in its bota mochi sweet adzuki bean rice cakes. The restaurant’s zunda mochi and fuku mochi rice cakes also have a simple flavor, and you can relax in the restaurant’s confines and enjoy the scenery of the Tachiya River from its windows. Mitoya also offers an abundant selection of seasonally limited items. Highly seasonal dishes include the mountain vegetable tempura in spring and the tomato stewed in lemon juice in summer.

    After a long climb to the temple summit, this was a pleasant respite. My only issue was the lack of an English menu, pictures helped make my choice. I accidentally ordered an alcohol free beer, oh...

  • Sakaeya Honten
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    4.0
    54 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamagata Pref. Yamagatashi Honchou 2-3-21
    An 18 minute walk from the east exit of Yamagata Station. A ramen restaurant which invented chilled hiyashi ramen, a Yamagata specialty. Inspired by a brief comment made by a customer, the restaurant’s original owner first began offering hiyashi ramen in 1952 after much trial and error. The fat in the broth doesn’t congeal despite being chilled, and this soup, perfect for enjoying in the heat of high summer, is both light and yet rich in flavor. It’s so delicious you’ll want to drink every last drop! The crisp bean sprouts and cucumber o top add a nice accent.

    冷やしラ-メンで有名なお店だが、ワンタン麺もとても美味しい。店に行列ができ待たされるが、おいしいからみんな同じ行動をとるんだね。

  • Handmade Suisha Ki-soba
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    4.0
    144 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.

  • Sakana Ichi Yamagata Station Main Shop
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    4.0
    20 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamagata Pref. Yamagatashi Kasumichou 1-7-7
    This izakaya Japanese-style pub is near to Yamagata Station and focuses on Yamagata products. They offer a variety of Yamagata home-style cooking using fresh Shonai seafood and vegetables, and Yonezawa beef including stewed taros, tamakon konjac balls. There is also a wide variety of local sakes such as Dewazakura, Jokigen and Kudokijozu on the menu bought direct from the brewers by the owner.

    名前の通り、お酒は一流どころがほとんど揃っている。十四代も常備。 ツマミも、十分で酒に合う。 座敷や、個室スペースが多く、ビジネスでもプライベートでもおススメです。

  • Yamagata Yatai Village Hotnaru Yokocho
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamagata Pref. Yamagatashi Nanukamachi 2-1-14-6
    A collection of food stalls in 2 Chome Nanokamachi, Yamagata City. This diverse array of food stalls offers local cuisine, teppan-yaki, kushi-age (skewers), seafood, and other dishes that use Yamagata ingredients. All of these shops are working hard here to grow to become an independent restaurant in the central part of town, which spurs regional revitalization.
  • Koshikakean
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    4.5
    48 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamagata Pref. Tendoushi Kitame 1-6-11
    Koshikakean is a Japanese-style confectionery store run from a more than 100 year old building in Tendo City. The shop sells Japanese confectionery like their jouman, or sake bun. The bun itself is made with ginjoushu sake and sake lees and is stuffed with fine-grained sweet bean paste. Other sweets include their light and fluffy warabi mochi. Koshikakean was also famous for its kakigori, or shaved ice, which was so popular there were always too many customers in the shop which forced it to stop selling the ice cones. They have however begun to sell kakigori again at a sister store, available only in the summer time, and it is still as popular with customers now as it ever was.

    ここには祖母と買いに来た記憶があります。その時は冬でわらびもちとまんじゅうしか売っていませんでしたが、夏の期間はかき氷もあるそうで、そっちも食べてみたかったです。もちろんわらびもちもまんじゅうも最高でした。アクセスも非常によく、山形新幹線が通っているJR天童駅から徒歩15分ほど、国道からちょっとはみ出た、住宅街の道を歩けばつきます。若干わかりにくい見た目ですが、すぐ後ろには自然が広がっていて店の雰...

  • Yamagata Nagaya Sakaba
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamagata Pref. Yamagatashi Kasumichou 1-8-8 Yamagata Daiichi Building 1F
    A place for indulging in Yonezawa beef, local Yamagata sake, and seafood auctioned at the Yamagata City Central Wholesale Market, the Yamagata Nagaya Sakaba features a menu and interior so thoroughly imbued with Yamagata culture, you could get to know the whole prefecture by visiting. You may have trouble deciding which local dish to try first. Every Sunday features a Hanakasa Odori performance as well. As for the local sake, 49 brands of Yamagata sake are available—great for the connoisseur. Four minutes on foot from JR Yamagata Station.

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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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