Spots in Yonezawa / Okitama Area

  • Uesugi-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    258 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamagata Pref. Yonezawashi Marunouchi 1-4-13
    A Shinto shrine located in Marunouchi, Yonezawa City, Yamagata Prefecture. The shrine is dedicated to Uesugi Kenshin, a famous commander during the Warring States period and ancestor of the future lord of Yonezawa Domain. The shrine was built on the site of Yonezawa Castle in 1876 and designated an Imperial Shrine of Special Status in 1902. The shrine was destroyed in the Great Yonezawa Fire in 1919; the current buildings were reconstructed in 1923, and visitors can view the beautiful Japanese architecture of the shrine’s main shrine and front shrine. Treasures passed down in the Uesugi clan are kept in the shrine’s Keishoden hall, and many tourists come to view them year round.

    I visited this shrine on my way to our hotel to stay in Kaminoyama. Not being totally expected, I was pretty much surprised to see their beautiful garden, well-maintained shrine, exhibition center...

  • Denkoku-no-Mori Yonezawa City Uesugi Museum
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    3.5
    88 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamagata Pref. Yonezawashi Marunouchi 1-2-1
    A museum dedicated to the Uesugi clan. Take a bus from Yonezawa Station and get off at the “Uesugijinja-mae” stop. The museum building incorporates traditional Japanese elements and is designed to mesh well with the surrounding scenery. Its collection of several thousand items relating to the Uesugi clan includes National Treasure-designated folding screens depicting the streets of Kyoto at the time from overhead, and the Uesugi-ke Monjo, a large collection of ancient writings and documents. Highlights include an exhibit in the museum’s permanent display collection which uses CG to give visitors a glimpse into the culture and lifestyle of the world of the Uesugi foling screens, as well as the Yozan Theater exhibit, which dramatizes the reforms Uesugi Yozan implemented in the domain’s government.

    館内が清潔。ここは好感が持てた。ただし常設展示室は展示品が少ないので物足りない。 ここには、国宝の「上杉本洛中洛外図屏風」が収蔵されているのだが、私が行った日は公開されていなかった。 そこも、物足りなさに拍車をかけた。 複製は展示されていたが、やはり新しくて重々しさが感じられない。

  • Uesugi Clan Mausoleum
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    4.0
    78 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamagata Pref. Yonezawashi Gobyou 1-5-30
    Just a 5-minute walk from the Gobyo-mae bus stop on the Yamako bus line bound for Onogawa Onsen. This is a cemetery with 11 generations of the Uesugi clan, notably Prince Uesugi Kenshin down to Narisada, interred in beautiful wood structured mausoleums. It is known for being the resting place of Uesugi Kenshin, a famous warrior during Japan's civil war. This cemetery was the 5th to be designated in 1984 as a National Historic Landmark for former feudal lords. During the Uesugi Yukitoro stone lantern Festival illumination, the snow covered stone and paper lanterns are lit making for otherworldly serene atmosphere. The neighboring Houonji Temple was transported from Mt. Kasuga and rebuilt as the Uesugi family temple.

    Tucked away in the western part of town are 2 hectares of peace, tranquility and a stand of 300-400 year old cedar trees. This is also where the first eleven lords of the Uesugi clan are buried, each...

  • Ubayu Onsen Masugataya
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    4.0
    54 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Yamagata Pref. Yonezawashi Osawa Yu Yu 1
    This hot spring resort is deep in the mountains at Osawaubayu, Yonezawa City. Boasting 450-years history, you can take a bath at the stand-alone Masugataya inn that's been in the same family for 17 generations. The simple acidic sulfur hot spring water is a bluish milky white. Located about 1,300 meters above sea level in the Azuma Mountain Range, people love its open-air bath where you can absorb the beauty of the quiet valley deep in the mountains.

    This is about the most remote onsen we have visited. The train service to Toge where the ryokan has a pickup service at 1340hrs is infrequent. From Toge it is a 35+mins mini-bus ride up a steep and...

  • Sake Museum, Toko Brewery
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    4.0
    64 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamagata Pref. Yonezawashi Omachi 2-3-22 Yanagi Town Upper Street
    This library museum is located in Oh-machi, Yonezawa City, the Kojima Sake Brewery, the producer of the choice sake, Toko. One can learn about the culture and history of sake making through this exhibit displaying the old instruments and records housed in the sake cellar that has been renovated, while preserving the original structure. In the permanent exhibit room, the feudal lord Uesugi Yozan Hall, is displayed materials pertaining to feudal lord Uesugi Yosan, the ancient head of the Yonezawa clan. Here one can learn of his government and character.

    Tucked away in a small mountain city in Yamagata Perfecture is a hidden jewel. Owned and run by the same Kojima family since 1597, Toko not only makes great saké, they also own this fantastic museum...

  • Roadside Station Takahata
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    4.0
    24 Reviews
    Transportation
    Yamagata Pref. Higashiokitamaguntakahatamachi Akutsu 2072-1
    Roadside Station Takahata is located along the Shichikashuku Highway in Akutsu in the town of Takahata. In addition to a farmers' market and a souvenir store, there is a restaurant serving dishes such as homemade soba noodles. On the other side of the road is a park with an archeological museum, where visitors can learn about ancient Japan, from the Jomon period to the Kofun period.

    This road station (michi no eki) is similar to all road stations in Japan with plenty of parking, clean bathrooms and lots of vending machines. This road station has a electrical recharge station...

  • Tengendaikogen Ropeway and Ski Lift
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    4.0
    24 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamagata Pref. Yonezawashi Sumomoyama 12118-6
    This ropeway links Yumoto Station with Tengendai Kogen Station on Sumomoyama. It carries passengers up 400 meters in about five minutes. The shop at the station sells Kogen Soft Ice Cream, coffee and tea made with Azuma natural spring water, and round konnyaku, a famous local product. From the windows of the ropeway cars, visitors can see the Iide Mountain Range and other natural wonders in the surrounding area.

    天元台高原スキー場に行くために利用しました。 帰りに乗った際に、添乗員の方があそこにカモシカがいるよと教えてくれました。 少し行った斜面にはなんともう一頭、雪の中に座っていました。 二頭みれるのは珍しいとのこと、夏にもまた行ってみたいです。

  • Roadside Station Shirataka Yana Park, Ayu Chaya
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    17 Reviews
    Transportation
    Yamagata Pref. Nishiokitamagunshiratakamachi Shimoyama 661-1
    This roadside station is along National Route 287 in Shimoyama, Shirataka Town. In addition to a souvenir shop selling local produce and products, Japan's largest yana (ayu fish) farm for tourism is located here. One can join a yana fishing experience under the guidance of an experienced and knowledgeable yana fisherman, and can enjoy various yana dishes at the diner including salt grilled yana lunch specials or yana sashimi (limited to June through October).

    広々とした駐車場がある道の駅で、施設の裏側を流れる最上川には、鮎漁の解禁される4月から11月までヤナ場が設置されています。ヤナ場に行く途中には、大きな鯉が泳ぐ池があり、豆腐田楽やアユの塩焼きの売店もあるのでドライブ途中の休憩に良いです。物産館では、鮎を使用した菓子、甘露煮、一夜干し、冷凍の鮎など鮎関連の商品が豊富でした。

  • Uesugi Joshien
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    3.5
    51 Reviews
    Shopping
    Yamagata Pref. Yonezawashi Marunouchi 1-1-22
    Uesugi Joshien not only provides information on the tourist spots around the Uesugi castle town, but also has a restaurant serving Yonezawa beef and other cuisine and shops selling Yonezawa goods, allowing visitors to really experience the tastes, crafts, and spirit of Yonezawa. Yonezawa beef is one of Japan’s top three beef brands, and you can enjoy steak, sukiyaki, shabu shabu, and even hamburgers, minced meat cutlets, croquettes, and skewers made with the meat. It’s about 10 minutes by car from JR Yonezawa Station.

    Between the parking lot and the Uesugi Shrine is a strategically placed shopping mall sole for the benefit of the tourists and primarily food. It’s actually not bad and worth a quick visit.

  • Matsugasaki-jinja Shrine
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    3.5
    46 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamagata Pref. Yonezawashi Marunouchi 1-1
    This shrine is located across from the Yonezawa castle remains in Marunouchi, Yonezawa City. Uesugi Youzan, the chief of the historic Yonezawa clan, is enshrined here as well as Uesugi Kagekatsu and Naoe Kanetsugu. The primary annual festivals are in April and September. The April festival draws many worshipers and visitors, as it falls during the local major Yonezawa Uesugi Festival.

    As one walks up to the main entrance to the Uesugi Shrine, there is a shrine off to the right. It is worth a few minutes to visit, either before or after visiting the main event.

  • Akayu Ramen, Ryu-Shanghai Akayu (Main Store)
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    4.0
    78 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamagata Pref. Nanyoushi Nirone 6-18
    This ramen shop is along the Prefectural Route 246 in Niirone, Nanyo City. The signature Akayu Karamiso Ramen, can be made to order by requesting your preferred amount of hot red chili pepper paste to be added to the broth. Also on the menu are the Akayu Ramen with a chicken based soy sauce broth, and the Karamiso chilled ramen noodles with a special sauce.

    Had Akayu Karamiso Ramen (830 yen). Very hearty and distinctive soup broth - just right magnitude of spiciness. Noodle was thick and hearty, although a bit too soft. Restaurant seems lively and in...

  • Namegawa Hot Springs Fukushimaya
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    4.0
    9 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Yamagata Pref. Yonezawashi Osawa 15
    This is a secreted hot spring in Oaza Osawa, Yonezawa City. Since the discovery of this spring 250 years ago, the Fukushimaya has been the sole protector of these springs. These waters are famous for their milky white spring water boiling out of three sources. Located at an elevation of 850 meters within the mountains, this lodging is surrounded by lush nature including one of Japan's top 100 waterfalls, the Namegawa Great Falls.

    And it did not even state that on the website? How on earth can the tourists know? I went there with my two other friend today and we were disappointed to find its closing sign!! 休館日!Why would any...

  • Yonezawagyu Dining Bekoya
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    4.0
    87 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamagata Pref. Yonezawashi Higashi 3-2-34
    This yakiniku restaurant specializes in Yonezawa beef, and is located a - three-minute walk from Yonezawa Station. A transported old civilian home, the harmonious relaxed interior is divided into near-private rooms, making it a popular place for savoring high-quality Yonezawa beef. The yakiniku and sukiyaki are divided into corners depending on the meal, and the steak corner features a fun performance with dramatic cooking on the iron skillets on the counter. The weekday lunch set lets you eat a good amount of Yonezawa beef for a reasonable price, so it is recommended.

    We arrived 30 minutes before closing due to snowfall. There isnt any lunch set available anymore so we had to go ala carte. We ordered few cuts to share within the family and on one of the staffs...

  • Roadside Station Shiroimori Oguni
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    3.5
    9 Reviews
    Transportation
    Yamagata Pref. Nishiokitamagunogunimachi Ogunikosakamachi 616-1
    This roadside station is on National Route 113 in Oguni Kosakamachi, Oguni Town. They sell vegetables, processed goods, and special products like local sake. They also have a light meal corner offering soba noodles and tama konnyaku. Its log cabin-like Restaurant Aiai's Okonomi Teishoku set meals are popular, where guests choose from side dishes that change seasonally. It is adjacent to the Yokone Ski Area, so you can also enjoy skiing in winter.

    山間にある小さな施設で、レストランコーナーは山小屋風の簡素な外観です。産直施設は新しくてお洒落な別棟になっており、地元でとれた山菜やキノコのほか、漬物や地酒もありました。

  • Roadside Station Kawanominato Nagai
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    3.0
    10 Reviews
    Transportation
    Yamagata Pref. Nagaishi Higashimachi 2-50
    Roadside Station Kawanominato Nagai is located along National Route 287 in Higashi-machi in the city of Nagai. In addition to a shop that sells local products and food and provides tourist information, it also includes an area with exhibits of the local culture and customs. It has a full range of the latest facilities, including free rental bicycles, a free circulating tour bus, and charging stations for electric vehicles.

    比較的、街中にある道の駅です。 従って近隣には買い物が出来る場所があるので、せっかく農産物を販売しているものの自然を身近に感じる立地では無い為か「ありがたみ」の部分では近くのスーパーでも良い様な気もしてしまいます。(この道の駅から車で10分も走れば人が殆ど居ないエリアに突入できますが・・・) まだ出来て5年も経っていない様で建物はキレイでオシャレで、開放感のある造りとなっていると思います。 ただ...

  • Mahoroba Onsen Takahata-machi Taiyokan
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    4.0
    21 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Yamagata Higashiokitama-gun Takahatamachi Yamazaki 200-1
    Mahoroba Onsen Takahata-machi Taiyokan is a community hot spring facility that doubles as the JR Takahata Station. Its distinctive pointed roofs are inspired by the hometown of fairy tale author Hirosuke Hamada, and is illuminated in the evening. The alkaline simple spring is said to be effective against nerve pain and exhaustion. In addition to the host spring facility, the building contains a restaurant and a shop that is a convenient place for buying souvenirs. Other convenient services for visitors as a base for tourism include a free parking lot, a tourist information center, and bicycle rental.

    The Takahata Train Station has a HOT spa in the station, which you will not see often in Japan, but we have one in our small town. This is a public bath and separated male and female. You purchase...

  • Miyasaka Archaeological Museum
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    3.5
    20 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamagata Yonezawa-shi Higashi 1-2-24
    Located about a seven-minute walk from the JR Yonezawa Station, this history museum introduces the history of Yonezawa City. This museum houses approximately 700 items and documents that the first director, the late Miyasaka Zensuke, spent about 80 years of his life collecting. In addition to the uninscribed sword said to be owned by Uesugi Kenshin, Naoe Kanetsugu's two-piece chain body armor with light blue cabling and rust-colored mail, Maeda Keiji's five-piece vermilion chain armor with purple-cabling with a namban helmet, on display other artifacts, such as earthen bottles, bamboo hats, and documents. There is a special corner with many books and manga open to visitors wanting to learn more about Maeda Keiji

    We spent a happy hour in this little museum with its fine collection of Edo Period armor and weaponry. Sadly very little information in English but most of the dates of items were given in Western...

  • Okitama Area Tourist Information Center ASK
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    3.5
    17 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamagata Yonezawa-shi Ekimae 1-1-43 JR Yonezawa Sta. Konai
    This is a tourist information center within the JR Yonezawa Station. On the first floor they have displays of pamphlets introducing the local activities and various events. The center also can help visitors find accommodations. This center is a certified tourist information center for foreigners (Category 1) by the Japan National Tourism Office (JNTO), which can provide visitor information in English. On the second floor, various local souvenir and artisanal craft items along with products from the surrounding towns and villages are introduced and are for sale. The center has a multi-purpose room which is available for seminars or meetings (by reservation).

    Staff are kind and there are lots of information about local places. There are small handmade Origami Helmets in the counter. It is a free gift you can take with you. The helmet has a Kanji 愛...

  • Hirosuke Hamada Memorial Hall
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    4.0
    14 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamagata Higashiokitama-gun Takahatamachi
    The HirosukeHamada Memorial Hall commemorates the works of the author of children’s stories who was called “Japan’s Hans Christian Andersen.” The museum is located a five-minute drive from the Nanyo-Takahata Interchange on the Tohoku Expressway. The exhibits include some of Hamada’s personal possessions and original manuscripts,and his birthplace, a house built in the late Edo Period (1603-1868) has been moved to the property. In the garden are stone images of the Red Demon and the Blue Demon, a monument to “The Dream of the Starling,” a pond designed to evoke “The Tears of the Dragon,” and other exhibits based on Hamada’s stories, so that visitors can immerse themselves in his literary world to their heart’s content.

    Takahata town is knows as a birthplace of Hirosuke Hamada, the writer of childrens story. I happen to live in Takahata and visited Hamada museum today with friends. This is a great place to take...

  • Daishoji Temple (Kameoka Monju Temple)
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    4.0
    14 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamagata Pref. Higashiokitamaguntakahatamachi Kameoka 4028-1
    This temple is in Kameoka, Takahata Town, Higashiokitama County. Its origin dates to 807 when a statue of the Bodhisattva Manjusri imported from China's Mt. Wutai was installed on imperial order. The image in the temple's Kameoka Manjusrido is counted among Japan's top three Manjusri statues. Many people pray there for scholastic achievement. During exam season, Exam Passing Rice blessed by the temple's head priest is sold in limited quantities at area shops and supermarkets around the prefecture.

    I have been to this shrine many times in different seasons. It is located on a mountain side and the trail head for one of the local mountain trails as well. There is a lot to see here so take...

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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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