Gourmet / Alcohol Spots in Yamagata / Zao / Tendo / Kaminoyama Area

  • Handmade Suisha Ki-soba
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    4.0
    155 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.

  • Sobadokoro Shojiya (Yamagata Main Shop)
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    4.0
    77 Reviews
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    Yamagata Pref. Yamagatashi Saiwaichou 14-28
    This is a soba noodle shop along the Ushu Road in the Saiwai-cho, Yamagata City. Founded during the Keio period, this over 150-year-old shop is the oldest store in Yamagata Prefecture. They offer hand-made soba noodles using the skills handed down by generations of artisans. There are a lot of other items on the menu besides soba, including udon, mugikiri, and microbrew jizake. The shop exudes the history of the Edo period, with a hearth, seating in the rice cellar all within this traditional restaurant.

    Polite staff and nice ambience. Mushroom soba was very tasty but the tempera for soba was a bit too oily to both me and my husband liking

  • Sakaeya Honten
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    4.0
    65 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.

    山形に行ったら一度食べてみたかった氷が入っている冷やしラーメン。メニューは他にもあるけど、ほとんどの人がこのラーメンを注文しており、なるほどこういうのも暑い所だからこそ生まれたんだなぁ、と思えるラーメンです。

  • Koshikakean
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    4.5
    57 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.

    An unassuming domestic dwelling tucked into a small alley - housed this traditional dessert shop with a long heritage - which took us a while to find it. A block away from Dewazakura Museum, it...

  • Yamagata Kanko Bussan Kaikan, Gutto Yamagata
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    4.0
    47 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.

    広々駐車場出し✨出入りし易い立地になっていて便利です✨また豊富な地元食材と✨いろんな物産店が一緒になっていて✨楽しみながら買い物できます✨山形の味、特性をお土産としてどうぞ❤️

  • Robata
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    4.5
    41 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamagata Pref. Yamagatashi Zaouonsen Kawahara 42-5
    This facility for food and accommodation is located around five minutes on foot from Zao Onsen Bus Terminal. In the first floor guests can try the famous “Genghis Khan” dish said to have originated in Zao. Popular treats are the extremely fresh raw lamb and handmade sauce. The mushrooms and vegetables picked directly on the mountain by the staff and shopkeepers’ associates are of the highest quality, allowing patrons to enjoy almost 100% Yamagata seasonal foodstuffs. As for bathing, there are private baths and footbaths with water direct from the source.

    We had 15 people eating here. It’s a great experience, eating some foods we’d never had before. Very yummy! It’s enjoyable cooking your own food. Lovely staff who accommodated for a large group (most...

  • Mitoya
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    4.0
    43 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.

    If you are visiting Yamadera and like soba, try Mitoya. Sitting at the counter overlooking the river is the best seat in this small restaurant. The service is good, as is the soba. Enjoy the view and...

  • Yamagatada
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    4.0
    38 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...

  • Yamadaya
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    4.5
    31 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamagata Yamagata-shi Honcho 1-7-30
    This patisserie is on national route 112, in Honcho 1-Chome, Yamagata City. They're famous for their Shiratsuyu Fuuki Mame candied beans. They use green Hokkaido-grown peas for a mildly sweet, elegant treat with enduring popularity.

    富貴豆のお店は数あれど、山田家さんの富貴豆が最高です。 これを食べたら、他はちょっと食べられない! ひとりでもペロッと食べちゃいます。

  • Otochaya
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    4.0
    30 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.

    Took a mid-week break from snowboarding and decided to explore the town, most other places were closed but we managed to pop into here at 1145am which was great. Super cozy set up, small but focused...

  • Restaurant Sancho
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    4.0
    32 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamagata Yamagata-shi Zao Onsen 229-3 Jizo Mountain peak Sta.
    This restaurant is in the Zao Ropeway Jizo Sancho Station building, on the Zao Ropeway line from Zao Onsen. You can enjoy the seasonal view of the mountains, green in spring and red in fall, over your meal. They offer dishes like Yakiniku-don grilled meat rice bowls made with Sangenton pork, and Imoni soba made with stewed taro root. You can see the snow covered trees in winter, and the shop offers extended hours during the period when they're lit up at night.

    樹氷を見た帰りに利用。お昼時は混むので席を確保してから注文を。現金しか使えないのが残念だったが、味はおいしかった。

  • Yamagata Nagaya Sakaba
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    4.0
    36 Reviews
    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.

    Fantastic place to eat. All of the food was really good and the whole experience, from climbing through the tiny door to the moment we left was brilliant. In the middle of eating our stew we were...

  • Sakana Ichi Yamagata Station Main Shop
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    4.0
    23 Reviews
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    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.

    市内でのビジネス会合の後の食事会で、参上。主催者がこの店の常連らしく、十四代の中でも限定品をメインに出していただきました。つまみも、なかなか美味しくて種類の多彩で大いに飲み食いして楽しめました。十四代マニアにとってはたまらない店です。

  • Eigyokudo
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    4.5
    19 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamagata Yamagata-shi Hatagomachi 2-1-45
    This sweet shop and patisserie on national route 112 in Hatago-machi 2-Chome, Yamagata City. Their famous dorayaki buns are made with coarse sweet bean jam of adzuki beans from Tokachi, Hokkaido, in a variety of flavors like whipped cream and camembert. In additional to seasonal sweets, they offer up desserts like anmitsu and zenzai sweet bean soup.

    But other than that beverage, which I’ve never liked anywhere, everything here is great. And my friends said it was really nice green tea too. The pastries we tried, one filled with chocolate, the...

  • Genghis Khan Shiro
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    4.5
    15 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamagata Yamagata-shi Zaohango 266-10
    This Genghis Khan Mongolian mutton barbecue shop is in Zao Hango, Yamagata City. It's considered the home of this dish, a local Zao Onsen specialty. In addition to tender mutton, which lacks the usual strong aroma, served with their secret sauce, their vegetables and rice are all grown in the restaurant's own fields.

    環境乾淨整潔,空調溫度適中,而且餐廳的地面和用具都非常乾淨,位置好,很容易找到,服務細心,很友善,儀容好,侍應有推薦幾款招牌菜,分量唔算太多,軟中帶Q,食完不不會口干

  • Ryu Shanghai
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    4.0
    10 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamagata Yamagata-shi Iida Nishi 4-1-20
    This ramen shop is in Iidanishi 4-Chome, Yamagata City. They are famous for their Akayu Karamiso Ramen, made with Akayu-grown chili peppers in their rich spicy miso soup. They also offer up Akayu Ramen, made with chicken stock and soy sauce flavored broth, and Hiyashi Chuka cold noodles.

    山形県南陽市に本店があり、新横浜ラーメン博物館にも出店している、山形の有名ラーメン店です。今回、初めて、訪問しました。 平日の午後1時半くらいにお店に来ましたが、空席があり、すぐに入店できました。 お店の名物・赤湯辛味噌ラーメンを注文しましたが、なかなか美味しかったです。 ちなみに水曜日が定休日だそうですよ。

  • Fumotoya Main Store
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    4.5
    7 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamagata Pref. Yamagatashi Yamadera 4429
    This is a diner and souvenir store in Yamadera, Yamagata City. This diner serves geso tempura, cold soba noodles, sansai soba, takikomi mixed rice and a variety of combo soba meals, such as the basho-set and other rice bowl dishes. A menu especially for groups is available which includes local fish and vegetables dishes. One can buy seasonal fruit and sweets, microbrew jizake, pickles and other products at the adjoining shop. One of the most popular items is the sakuranbo ice cream made with local Yamagata cherries.

    During our visit to Yamagata, we went to Fumotoya Store for lunch. The restaurant was on level 2 of the building. Lunch was a bento and it was delicious. The hot soup was tasty and warmed us up...

  • Kura Obihachi Akarigura
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    4.0
    7 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamagata Pref. Yamagatashi Tokamachi 3-1-43
    This is a live event cafe bar in 3 Chome Tokamachi, Yamagata City created by the local university students who made use of an old warehouse. It is the first of the Yamagata City Warehouse Project. Today, it has been handed down from the students and offers curry, Japanese dishes, sweets and alcohol. The space can be reserved as a cafe bar for live music events or parties.

    旧家の蔵を利用したレストラン。ランチで訪問させて頂いています。ヘルシーランチ膳は品数も多くバランスの良い食事をしてる実感がある。そして美味しい!タコライスやカレーもおススメ!デザートもイケてます。スタッフの皆さんのほんわかなフレンドリーさも素敵です。

  • Cybele + Cafe
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    3.5
    7 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamagata Yamagata-shi Honcho 1-7-30
    This cafe is on national route 112 in Honcho 1-Chome, Yamagata City. It is a branch of Cybele, a company making and selling rusk and other baked goods. In addition to offering cakes and other pastries over teatime, they also serve light meals like curry and rice bowls.

    おにぎりを置いてくれるようになったことと、 奇をてらわずベーシックなサンドイッチなどがあることで非常に使いやすいランチスポットです。 バトンというマドレーヌ系のお菓子も美味しいですよ!

  • Shoseido, Yamadera Shop
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    4.0
    5 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamagata Pref. Yamagatashi Yamadera 4437
    This is a Japanese confectionery shop in Yamadera, Yamagata City. Their signature item, Morokoshi sweet, is filled with azuki beans and is branded with the Yamadera name. The historic Morokoshi, a pleasant smelling mildly sweet bean cake, won an award at the 19th National Confectionery Exposition, and is said to be popular even with people who are not fond of sweets. The well-known Yamadera cakes and kintsuba are also sold here.

    山寺登山口の門前にある山寺御用達の和菓子屋です。 風情ある佇まいに魅かれて店内に入りました。 店内も落ち着いた雰囲気です。 試食用の和菓子をつまんで、無料のお茶をいただいて、気が付いたらお土産にもろこしやジャンボ焼きまんじゅう、ゆべしなど購入していました。 2000円以上の購入でクレジットカードが使えます。

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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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