Spots in Obanazawa / Shinjo / Murayama Area

  • Roadside Station Obanazawa (Hanagasa no Sato, Nemaru)
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    3.5
    23 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.

    キャンディを買っただけなのに従業員の皆さんが「ありがとうございました」と一斉に言われたのには少し驚きました。逆にこちらが恐縮してしまうくらいの勢いでした。 地元物産、取れ立て野菜などを販売しているし、サービス精神旺盛の従業員の方々が多くいるので立ち寄る価値はあります。

  • Nogawa Tofuya
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    4.0
    30 Reviews
    Shopping
    Yamagata Pref. Obanazawashi Ginzanshimbata 427
    A tofu shop located at the entranceway to the Ginzan Onsen hot spring resort area in Obanazawa City renowned for its old fashioned Taisho Roman-style townscape. The shop’s “Tofuya” sign and menu posted on what otherwise looks like the entrance to an ordinary Japanese-style home draw the eye due to their unexpectedness. The shop’s tofu is served in disposable plastic trays to make it easy to eat on the go while walking about the town. The shop’s particularly popular boiled tofu is so soft and delicate it practically melts in your mouth. The nama-age deep fried bean curd has a crisp and light texture. Diners are recommended to soak their feet in the nearby footbath while enjoying their tofu.

    温泉街にある豆腐屋さん。 湯上がり、または、入浴前に軽く食べたいときなんかに便利です。 店自体には、テイクアウト専門ですが、向かい側にイートインスペースがあります。 揚げ豆腐を注文しました。 ボリューム控えめですが、軽食にはちょうどいいです。 温かい揚げ豆腐にタレがマッチしてて美味しかったです。 飲み物には、山形ミックスを購入。 飲み切りサイズで甘酸っぱい桃やりんごの果実の味を堪能できました。

  • Roadside Station Murayama
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    3.5
    12 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.

    乾麺ではありますが蕎麦を露店販売してるので毎回立ち寄らせてもらってます。値段の割にボリュームがあり、お得感があります。

  • Mogami Product Shop
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    4.0
    23 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamagata Shinjo-shi Tamonmachi 1-2
    This local specialty shop is inside the community center Yumeria, in front of Shinjo Station in Tamon-machi, Shinjo City. They sell seasonal wild vegetable and fruits, processed foods like miso and natto, as well as baked treats and crafts, and local specialties from the eight cities, towns and villages of the Mogami area. Their Kujiramochi, a Shinjo specialty, is quite popular.

    奥羽本線新庄駅改札を出て、ゆめりあに入って直ぐ右側にあります。新庄・最上地区等のお土産が多数売っています。また、駅弁ではないですが、弁当、おにぎり、パン等も売っていたので買って帰りました。新庄駅にも売店はあるのですが、こちらの方が品数が多いです。

  • Yumeari Mogami Activity Hall
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    3.5
    24 Reviews
    Life / Living / Hospital
    Yamagata Shinjo-shi Tamonmachi 1-2
    This is a Mogami area central facility, marked by its beautiful, glass-paneled exterior, attached to Shinjo Station in Tamon-machi, Shinjo City. Inside, they have a shop selling local specialties from all around the Mogami area; displays sharing information about Mogami's nature, culture, and history; and an information guidance center with plenty of tourist information about the area. The Mogami Information Guidance Center has a full range of local information and pamphlets, and there are guides on staff to offer clear explanations.

    新庄駅と文化センター的な感じの建物が一緒になってます。非常に綺麗で通路に飾りなどあり綺麗です。裏には非常に大きい無料駐車場もあり便利いいと思います。

  • Senbon Dango
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    4.5
    41 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamagata Pref. Kitamurayamagunoishidamachi Oishida Otsu 76
    This dango dumpling shop is on Prefectural Route 30 in Otsu Oishida, Oishida Town. They sell dumplings made without additives like sugar and enzymes and their catchphrase Hard Dumplings Tomorrow speaks to the high quality. The name Senbon Dango comes from having sold 1,000 dango skewers in a single day. They also sell hidendaizu tofu made with Yamagata Prefecture grown hiden soybeans and natural nigari bittern.

    I dont have much experience in the world of Dango, but I can safely say that nothing Ive encountered comes close to the quality of the Dango here. I stopped by after a trip to Kaneyama and...

  • Farmer's Market Yotteke Popora
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    4.0
    8 Reviews
    Shopping
    Yamagata Pref. Higashineshi Chuouhigashi 3-7-16
    This is a farmer's market carrying fresh local produce. It is located across from Omoriyama park along Prefectural Route 122 in Chuohigashi, Higashine City. Here you can buy agricultural products of fruit, vegetables, and flowers, as well as freshly harvested rice, milled right on site, gelato made from local fruits, and other handmade crafts. During the peak cherry season, mid-June through mid-July, at least seven varieties of cherries are always available from over the 20 varieties grown.

    さて、こちらの販売所では、あれこれ考えてはいけません。他店との価格比較は無意味です。おつむが痛くなるだけでしょう。お買物戦争は、容赦のない決断力と実行力と戦略が勝敗を左右します。①買い物カートは、大きい物を選ぶ。②お買い物リストは、すぐ捨てる。③棚の上の物だけを見ない。④迷ったら両方買う。以上を守れば、大きな後悔はしないでしょう。良く分かったんですが、『袋入りの「訳あり」は、大した訳では無く、「傷...

  • Former Ariji Family Residence (Hojin no Ie)
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    4.5
    14 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamagata Mogami-gun Mogamimachi Sakai
    This historic building, designated as an Important Cultural Property, is located along National Route 47 in Sakaida, Mogami Town, Mogami County. It was the residence of the headman of the village on the border with the domain of Sendai; “Hojin” refers to an official who guards the border. It is considered to be the “House of the Hojin” (Hojin no Ie) described in The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Matsuo Basho, who stayed at this house and left behind the line of poetry “Bitten by fleas and lice, / I slept in a bed, / A horse urinating all the time / Close by my pillow.”

    江戸時代の古民家が公開されているところは各所にあっても、ここは囲炉裏に実際火が配られていて、藁が焼かれたような香ばしい香りが身体を包みます。井戸水でいれたというお茶もまろやか!管理人の中鉢さんのお話も引き込まれて、とても素晴らしい時間でした。近くには分水嶺やトロトロ温泉日本一のしんとろの湯もあるので、ぜひ合わせて巡っていただきたい場所です。

  • Shichibei Soba
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    4.0
    28 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamagata Pref. Kitamurayamagunoishidamachi Jinengo 266
    This is a soba noodle restaurant in Jinengo Oishida-machi, Kitamurayama County. Their only dish is cold morisoba, but even in winter they attract a crowd. They offer all-you-can-eat of their soba, dipped in a sobatsuyu broth mixed with daikon white radish. The soba comes with three side dishes including pickles to accompany your endless soba meal.

    まるでデカ盛りのわんこそば。じゃんじゃんすすめてくれます。大根のおろし汁の魔法で「もう無理」からどんどんすすみます。絶対空腹で行きましょう。おいしいというよりもそば食べ放題のしあわせ感が強い感じです。

  • Shinjo Furusato History Center
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    4.0
    13 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamagata Pref. Shinjoushi Horibatamachi 4-74
    This museum displays about 10,000 pieces of items related to domestic life. Shinjo once prospered as a castle town, and you can learn about its history and culture here. In the festival hall, they display two of the leading floats used in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Shinjo festival. They also have films of the festival on display. In the Living National Treasure Silversmith Hoseki Okuyama Memorial Room and Western Painter Zenjiro Chikaoka Memorial Room, pieces by these master artists are always on display.

    Revisit your childhood here with many artifacts from the 20th century. A very clean and neatly kept museum with a wealth of items that will warm your heart and make you smile and laugh with...

  • Shiroitonotaki Drive-In
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    3.5
    14 Reviews
    Transportation
    Yamagata Pref. Mogamiguntozawamura Furukuchi Sotoyu 1496-1
    Shiroitonotaki Drive-In is located along the Tsuruoka Highway in Furukuchi in the village of Tozawa. It includes a shop that sells local souvenirs, as well as a restaurant that serves light meals such as ramen, curry, or soba noodles. It also has a banquet room, where groups below a certain number of people can enjoy specialties such as Yamagata Beef Sukiyaki. The Drive-In is located along the Mogami River, and Shiroito Falls is visible from inside.

    正直言って、建物は古いです。ちょっとごちゃごちゃ感がありますが、このドライブインのおすすめは2つです。 一つ目は「白糸の滝が正面に望める」ということです。もしかしたら「最上川下り」の船から見るよりもいいかもしれません。 2つ目は、地元のおいしい和菓子屋さんのお菓子が食べられます。 鶴岡などの老舗の和菓子店のお菓子がいろいろあって…どれもおいしい! おすすめです。

  • Ringo Hot Springs
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    4.0
    12 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Yamagata Pref. Nishimurayamagunasahimachi Miyajuku 1353-1
    This is a hot springs bathing facility in Miyajuku, Asahi Town. Famous for bath waters abundantly afloat with apples, which is the town's main produce, this hot springs has an indoor bath, and an outdoor bath (closed in the winter) with distinctive alkaline spring water. In the restaurant, Apple noodles, an original creation, made with apples and Mt. Gassan spring water is served together with local fresh vegetables and products.

    湯船に浮かぶリンゴが特徴的な温泉です。露天風呂もありますが、屋内のお風呂にしました。夜でも地元客で賑わっています。独特な香りがし、しばらく匂いは消えません。

  • Gassan Ski Resort
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamagata Pref. Nishimurayamagunnishikawamachi Shidu Wisteria
    This is a ski resort exclusively for summer skiing at Mt. Ubagatake (the second peak of Mt. Gassan) in Yamagata Prefecture approximately 25 minutes by car from Gassan Interchange on the Yamagata Expressway. As it is a ski resort in a heavy snow area it opens in April when other ski resorts close and skiing is possible until summer and the snow disappears. There are four slopes and the natural bumps utilizing the natural terrain are perfect for practicing mogul skiing. The biggest attraction is that it is warm and visitors can enjoy skiing in light clothing and even short sleeves. Skiing under the blue sky looking over the fresh green spreading below is refreshing.
  • Shikamura Terraced Rice Fields
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    3.5
    12 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamagata Mogami-gun Okuramura Minamiyama
    These terraced rice fields are located in the Shikamura district in Minamiyama, Okura Village, Mogami County. A small village of about 100 households with fields covering around 120 hectares, conservation activities began when the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries designated it one of the “100 Best Rice Terraces in Japan.” Enjoy the unspoiled local rural scenery where the sacred Mt. Gassan melds beautifully with the terraced rice fields.

    夏の虫送り行事として、この棚田で毎年蛍火コンサートが行われる。棚田には手作りのライトが燈され幻想的な風景の中、今年は宗次郎さんのオカリナが響いた。

  • Roadside Station Oe
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    4.0
    10 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.

    出張のついでによってくだものを買います。 2月の時期はりんご、ラフランスがありました。 ラフランスは10個くらい入って200円から300円くらいだったと思います。 安いからかってみようと気楽に考えていましたが、 家に帰っていただくと、 びっくりするくらいおいしかったです。 冷蔵庫に入れて1週間くらい楽しみました。 りんごはいろいろな種類があり インドりんごという珍しい種類があり購入。 甘...

  • Kahokucho Benibana Museum
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    4.0
    10 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamagata Pref. Nishimurayamagunkahokuchou Yachi Bo 1143
    This is a library museum, founded in 1984, in Kahoku Town, known as the home of safflowers. In this building, the former residence of the wealthy merchant Shirobei Horigome, is preserved over 5,000 household items, weapons and literature. The straw weaving and safflower dying corners allow you to try their hand at these skills, and you can purchase local souvenirs and many safflower products at the museum shop.

    武者蔵、紅の館は内部撮影禁止。奥の紅花ガラスハウスでは手入れされた花が咲いていました。オークションサイトに招待券が頻繁に出品されているので、興味のある方はこまめにネットサーフィンで要チェック。送料込み半額以下で落札できればお得。

  • Haikarasan Dori
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    3.5
    65 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamagata Pref. Obanazawashi Ginzanshimbata 451
    This is a Japanese style cafe in Obanazawa City, just in front of Shiragane Falls at Ginzan Onsen. The burnt-umber colored interior overflows with Taisho-era atmosphere, with counter seating on the 1st floor and floor seating on the 2nd. Sightseers particularly like the Haikarasan Curry Bun. Firm, chewy bread made with Yamagata grown Nebarigoshi wheat, fried crisp with spicy curry inside. These are also popular as souvenirs. They also have Zunda mochi made with fresh green soybeans, Kurumochi with walnuts, and Yamagata home-style stewed taros and other delicacies.

    First all, the customer service is extremely bad. To even have a sit in the shop, we have to pay extra 300yen just to sit in an empty shop. They have a bad attitude and bad service. Really...

  • Izu no Hana Soba and Sake
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    4.0
    42 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamagata Pref. Obanazawashi Ginzanshimbata 440
    This charming restaurant at the entrance to Ginzan Onsen was established in 1952. It is operated as a soba noodle restaurant from 11:00, a coffee shop from 15:00 and a bar from 18:00. Each different time period serves different menus focusing on hand-made noodles, sweets and local sakes with snacks.

    They had great specials, but that menu was not in English. I just saw the other people there ordering it, luckily, so then I did too. It was a small hotpot that night. Their latte was, excuse me...

  • Mogami River Yoshitsune Adventure Boat Ride
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    4.5
    6 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamagata Pref. Mogamiguntozawamura Furukuchi Takaya JR Takaya station parking lot
    A sightseeing boat ride which travels down the Mogami River. The Mogami River is famous in part due to a poem by renowned a haiku poet Matsuo Basho, and riders can enjoy the seasonal beauty of the area during their journey. One of the highlights of the trip is being able to visit the Sennin-do Temple mentioned in Basho’s “Narrow Road to the Interior.” The ship embarks from JR Takaya Station.

    まだ紅葉には早い感じでした。車で行けて、元の場所に戻ってくるというのがウリみたいです。ただ高屋駅の駐車場から船着き場まで2分とありますが急な坂道を5分はかかりそうです。川下りというか船外機で川のぼりという風情です。船頭さんの楽しいおしゃべり、案内を聞きながらのんびり川面を眺めることができます。急流はないのですが、このご時世、救命胴衣の着用がないのが気になりました。

  • Chottotei Main Branch
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    4.0
    42 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamagata Pref. Nishimurayamagunkahokuchou Yachi Tokoroka 2-11-2
    Chottotei is a soba restaurant located on National Route 347 in Yachi Tokorooka, Kahoku Town, Nishimurayama County. As well as soba the restaurant also serves kishimen, ramen and rice dishes. Their most popular dish is the meat soba, said to be a specialty of Yachi. The cold meat soba with lots of chicken is a popular dish throughout the year.

    どっちでも良いのですが、山形一寸亭の本店かと思って訪問。両店が関係ないと知ったのは今この口コミを書くために情報を確認していた時。大阪の王将や蓬莱、名古屋の山本屋など暖簾分けなのか喧嘩別れなのか便乗なのかよそ者にはわからない(というか、どうでも良い)類似店はたくさんあるようですが、ネットでの評価はどっちもどっちなようです。今回訪問したこの店の方は、もう一方にはないソースかつ丼も人気のようで、その分楽...

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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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