Leisure / Hobbies Spots in Yamagata Area

  • Yamagata Museum of Art
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    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...

  • Mogami Yoshiaki Historical Museum
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    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.

    1989年に開館した最上義光と最上氏を顕彰することを目的とした博物館で山形城からも近く、入場は無料となっています。最上家特に多くの偉業残した義光(11代当主)に関わる遺品などが多く展示されています。最上義光公所用三十八間金覆輪筋兜は必見です。また、長谷堂合戦の図屏風で合戦様子を知ることができます。

  • Yamagata Marugoto-kan Beni-no-Kura
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    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.

    観光で山形にいらしたならば一度見てもいいかもしれません。あくまでも観光用の施設です。 建物は歴史がありますが、食事が残念。山形はお蕎麦をはじめとする食のポテンシャルは高いと思っているので、こちらを基準にされるとツライかな…。

  • Zao Onsen Ski Resort
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    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.
  • S-PAL Yamagata
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    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.

    山形駅直結の駅ビルです。マツモトキヨシやパン屋さん、 蕎麦屋さんやロッテリア等のレストランと、お土産屋さん が入っており、観光にも普段使いにも便利だと思います。 ただ、新型肺炎の時期でしたので、人はまばらで寂しかった です。私はパン屋さんを利用しました。

  • Yamagata Museum of Science and Industry
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    Yamagata Yamagata-shi Jonanmachi 1-1-1 Kajo Central Uchi
    This science museum is in front of Yamagata Station West Exit, in Jonan-machi 1-Chome, Yamagata City. Their permanent exhibit is divided into three themed zones: Lifestyle / Industry & Environment, Yamagata Prefecture Manufacturing, and Science Plaza. They offer education on science and environmental problems through activities and displays, and they also offer observation of prefectural enterprises and their cutting edge technology. They also feature the Industrial Time Tunnel, which instructs visitors on the history of Yamagata's industry from the Edo period until the present day.

    JR山形駅の目の前にある霞城セントラルの中に入っていました。入場無料と大きく書かれていました。中の展示には体験して遊べる展示も多く、時間つぶしにはちょうどよく、特に子供連れなどにはいいかと思います。

  • Yamadera Goto Museum of Art
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    Yamagata Yamagata-shi Yamadera 2982-3
    This art gallery is located along Prefectural Route 62 in Yamadera, Yamagata City. The gallery features a collection from local industrialist, Suejiro Goto. The majority of the collection falls in the Academism style, Barbizon style or other European schools, but there are also sculptures, porcelain panel paintings, glass crafts and more split into two exhibits: “The world of European paintings” and “The art nouveau world of fantastic glass.” There is also an observation rest room overlooking the expansive nature of the Yamadera area.

    山形・山寺にいながらにして、フォンテーヌブローを旅した気分。 まさかムリーリョの絵に出逢えるとは思わずこれまたビックリ!! ガレやドームのランプも多数あり、見応え充分です!!これで800円はかなりリーズナブル。お土産にポストカードもいただき、恐縮なくらいです。

  • Yamagata City Wild Plants Garden
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    Yamagata Yamagata-shi Kanno 832-3
    This wild plant garden is on the Nishizao Kogen Line in Kanno, Yamagata City. The park has about 1,000 varieties of wild plant and tree, and is divided into zones like the Flower Meadow, Nature Experience Zone, and Observation Zone. In addition to guided walking tours, they offer seasonal bird watching, firefly watching, and a variety of other nature activities and classes.

    4月上旬に行きました。山形市中心部からは車で25分くらいですがバスでも行けるみたいでした。入場料は300円取られますが、駐車場は無料でしたが、肝心の公園内は野草なので特に色鮮やかな花もなく、地味な感じで桜もありませんでした。4月はオススメしないです。

  • Nishizao Park
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    Yamagata Pref. Yamagatashi Iwanami - Kamikata earth
    This park spreads from Iwanami to Kamisakurada in Yamagata City. Making use of this expansive natural environment with six large and small marshes, at this park you can try your skill at a natural obstacle course. On holidays this park is awash with families enjoying the lawn and adventure square play areas, the camping and barbecue areas and the observatory deck.
  • Yamagata City Mamigasaki Pool JABA
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    Yamagata Pref. Yamagatashi Kojirakawamachi Kawahara 1237
    “JABA” is a facility to refresh, be active and enjoy regardless of age and has a heated pool for exercise through the four seasons. Besides regular use, there are seven types of swim class and five types of health promotion class for guests to choose from according to their needs. The facility includes a casual restaurant and it offers a convenient lunch box for groups of 20 or more with advanced reservation. It is approximately 10 minutes by car from JR Yamagata Station.

    夏はとても混雑するプールです。水着のまま入れる温泉もあります。屋外に屋根もありそこにレジャーシートを引くこともできます。レストランのものを外のゴザと屋根があるところに持って行って食べることも可能です。赤ちゃん連れでも楽しめるプールです。

  • Hasedo Castle Ruins (Hasedo Castle Ruins Park)
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    Yamagata Yamagata-shi Hasedo Uchimachi 994-2
    These castle ruins are in Hasedo, Yamagata City. The castle remains here were the scene of the Battle of Hasedo, when Naoe Kanetsugu lead the western Uesugi army into Dewa, but was turned back from this mountain stronghold, at the same time as the battle of Sekigahara in 1600. It is now designated as a park, and you can view the castle ruins and flowers throughout the year.

    歴史好きにはたまらない場所の1つです。関ケ原の戦いの最中、西軍上杉軍(直江兼続率いる2万の大軍)が東軍方最上義光の山形を襲うため戦った場所です。城は最上軍が守備。ここが落城すれば本丸山形城までは一直線。激し戦いが行われました。城跡頂上から山形方面を見れば地形と城の重要性がわかります。駐車場からの山道は整備されていますが、足元はしっかりとしたスニカー等がお勧めです。 白鷹町へ通ずる348号線沿いにあ...

  • Sandinista
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    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.
  • Yamagata Prefectural Museum
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    Yamagata Pref. Yamagatashi Kajoumachi 1-8
    Yamagata Prefectural Museum is made up of three facilities, the main building (Kajo Park, Yamagata City), the Educational Resources Museum (Midori Town, Yamagata City), and the Nature Study Park (Hataya, Yamanobe Town, Higashimurayama County). It’s an extensive museum where visitors can learn all about Yamagata. The main building exhibits the Jomon no Megami, a goddess figure from the Jomon period, and the Yamagata Daikaigyu, a mysterious looking sea cow fossil which swam the seas over nine million years ago, and exhibits of folk materials related to the production of rice. The museum is approximately 10 minutes by car from Yamagata Chuo Interchange on the Tohoku Chuo Expressway.
  • Observatory in Nishi-Zao Park
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    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.
  • Kudamonoland
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    Yamagata Pref. Yamagatashi Yamadera 1973-1533
    This is a fruit farm along the Yamadera Road in Yamadera, Yamagata City. Using minimal chemicals and organic fertilizer this farm produces cherries, grapes, western pears, peaches and apples. You can enjoy picking the seasonal fruit from around the beginning of June through the end of November. One of the attractions of this farm is that it not only grows the Yamagata trademark satonishiki variety of cherries, but also the equally fine benishuho, and the gassan-nishiki variety known for its large yellow berries.
  • Kizaburo Cherry Picking Garden
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    Yamagata Yamagata-shi Kurosawa 319-1
    This cherry-picking farm adjoins the Kurosawa Onsen Kisaburo hot spring inn in Kurosawa, Yamagata City. Open from early June to early July, customers can enjoy walking freely around the spacious grounds picking cherries. There's also a barbecue garden, making it possible to go cherry picking and also enjoy barbecuing with everything you need provided on-site (barbecuing for groups of four and larger; advance reservation required).
  • Zao Natural Botanical Park
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    Yamagata Yamagata-shi Zao
    This botanical garden is near the peak of Mt. Sanpokojin, in the Zao Mountain Range. From June through September, it is filled with a variety of Alpine plants like rhododendrons, as well as the vivid red kusamomiji. You can take the ropeway from Zao Onsen up to near the peak of Mt. Jizo, and enjoy a hike around the botanical garden.
  • Furusato Cherry Garden Osone
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    Yamagata Yamagata-shi
    This tourist farm is on prefectural route 271 in Kamisorida, Yamagata City. They grow and sell cherries, western pears, apples, and rice. From mid-June, they let guests pick and try a variety of cherries, as well. They also offer a cherry tree ownership system.
  • Odaira Tsubaki Pass Hiking Trails
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    Yamagata Yamagata-shi Monden Ohira Chiku-ku
    This hiking trail is in the Ohira district of Yamagata City. It is located at the foot of Mt. Shirataka, and runs through an area filled with snow camellia. The prime season for the snow camellias, whose crimson blossoms accompany the melting of the snow from mid-April through early May. This is also the time of the Ohira Snow Camellia Festival.
  • Nishi Park
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    Yamagata Yamagata-shi Monden Ochiai Kawara 3114-10
    This park is on prefectural route 17 in Monden Ochiai Kawara, Yamagata City. They have paid multipurpose courts and tennis courts, a plaza with play pond, and play equipment, free-flowing spring water foot and hand bath. There is space for barbecues with a pot for Imoni traditional stewed taro root dish, which is always popular in-season.

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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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