Spots in Murayama Area 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...

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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

  • 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...

  • Roadside Station Nishikawa
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    4.0
    30 Reviews
    Transportation
    Yamagata Pref. Nishimurayamagunnishikawamachi Mizusawa 2304
    Roadside Station Nishikawa is located on the Gassan Hanagasa Line Road in Mizusawa in the town of Nishikawa. Its shop sells local fresh vegetables, seasonal fruit, tsukemono (pickled vegetables), sweets, local beer, and natural spring water. In addition to lunch dishes, such as beef cooked in local beer and soba noodles with greens and meat, the restaurant also serves limited-time lunch menu items, such as the Gassan Seasonal Tray.

    山形市から車で1時間位でつきます。 広い駐車場で、県産品や食事もできます。 隣には温泉も併設されていて、 良かったです。

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Roadside Station Obanazawa (Hanagasa no Sato, Nemaru)
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    3.5
    24 Reviews
    Transportation
    Yamagata Pref. Obanazawashi Ashisawa 1195-1
    This station is located along National Route 13 and Obanazawa Shinjo Road in Ashizawa, Obanazawa City. Adjoining the station is a shop offering an abundant variety of local produce, sweets, sake, and artisan crafts. One of the popular menu items in the diner is Obanazawa Suikara Reimen noodles, which combines the Obanazawa watermelon, local soba flour, and Tsuyahime brown rice flour. Other local dishes such as Japanese Yamagata black beef offal stew, and Obanazwa watermelon soft creams are also offered.

    この地方の名物・くじら餅を手に入れようと訪問しました。くじら餅は陳列されていたのですが、5人くらい家族連れの客が集団で商品を囲んでおり、そのうちの中学生くらいの子供が商品をべたべた触りまくり、挙句の果てに陳列してあった全ての商品を指で押し出しました。最近は商品を触らない習慣が定着してきたと思ったのですが、さすがにこの光景を目撃して100%購入意欲がなくなりました。

  • Shirogane-yu
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    3.5
    25 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Yamagata Pref. Obanazawashi Ginzanshimbata In the ground
    Located in the middle of the Ginzan Hot Spring area, Shirogane-yu is a communal bathhouse in which visitors can still sense some of the atmosphere of this establishment’s days as a therapeutic spa. The modern exterior was designed by the architect Kengo Kuma. The second floor is characterized by large windows, which create a subdued light, while the first floor has an eerie, cave-like quality. The bathtubs are small with a capacity of four persons. Due to its sulfur content, the water is cloudy, and it is extremely hot as it flows out of the spring, so people who do not like very hot baths need some time to adjust to the temperature.

    泉質は硫黄系かな?良い感じでしたよ。 共同浴場らしく、風呂は大きくなく、ちょっと熱めかな。でも、泉質はとても良い感じで、ほっこり温まることができました。十分満足です。私は「あり」の「共同浴場しろがね湯」でしたよ。 ちなみに大浴場のスパ温泉を想像している人にはちょっと厳しいかな。

  • Roadside Station Murayama
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    3.5
    14 Reviews
    Transportation
    Yamagata Pref. Murayamashi Tateoka 7635-1
    This roadside station is located on the Yamagata north bypass in Tateoka, Murayama City. Along with direct to market produce and local souvenir, this station has a fast food corner serving Yamagata beef steak bowls and other regional menu items such as Torichuka, and itasoba noodles. A popular item at the cafe is the regional original specialty, kaimozu sticks, which are similar to French fries made with soba flour.

    別の意味で、これぞ道の駅といった趣の施設でした。と云うのも、道路の両側に施設があって、それらを結ぶ歩道橋が架かっているのです。それを見ると、鉄道の駅とよく似た雰囲気を醸し出しています。面白い構造でした。

  • 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。

  • Roadside Station Oe
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    4.0
    12 Reviews
    Transportation
    Yamagata Pref. Nishimurayamagunoemachi Fujita 218-1
    Oe Roadside Station is located along National Route 287 in Fujita in the town of Oe. In addition to a shop that sells fresh vegetables, greens, other agricultural products, processed goods, and local specialty products, it also has an area where light meals are served. Among the favorite snacks are soft ice cream made with local La France pears and yaki-onigiri (toasted rice balls). There is also a hot spring bathing facility on the grounds.

    施設の駐車場入り口にあった看板が気になりました。江戸時代位の帆船をイメージして作られているものだと思います。最上川は重要な交通手段だったのでこのあたりでも船が来ていたのでしょうが、帆船も来るくらい栄えていたんですかね?

Yamagata Areas

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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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