Where to Stay in Yamagata

Yamagata is a prefecture overflowing with incredible natural beauty all season round, amazing history, and some of the best hot springs in Japan. It’s also filled with some unforgettable accommodation experiences. Whether it’s warm family style hospitality, convenience or spiritual retreats you’re after you’ll find what you’re looking for here.

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    Zao Onsen’s Yoshidaya Ryokan

    Zao Onsen’s Yoshidaya Ryokan

    Zao Onsen’s Yoshidaya Ryokan

    No matter what time of year you visit, Zao Onsen is a must visit destination for those exploring the Yamagata area. Transforming with the seasons, this relaxed hot spring town is lush in spring, gloriously filled with color in autumn, a snow lover’s paradise in winter and a perfect spot for respite during the sweltering summer months. If you do make it to Zao, then be sure to head straight to Yoshidaya Ryokan a friendly hotel that’s overflowing with a 300 year history and undeniable rustic charm. The spacious and quiet Japanese-style guest rooms feature all the charms of old style Japanese living with contemporary amenities. Each room is fully equipped with TVs, electric kettles and refrigerators.

    Zao Onsen’s Yoshidaya Ryokan

    Zao Onsen’s Yoshidaya Ryokan

    Another bonus about staying here is the ryokan’s owner. A Yamagata local, the friendly and English fluent ryokan boss is more than happy to give guests unique insider’s tips on just what to see and do while in the area. The Yoshidaya Ryokan is located an easy 40-minute bus ride from JR Yamagata Station. Because it’s situated right in the heart of the Zao hot spring district, it’s the perfect place to set up base for all your going hiking, maple tree viewing and snow sports while in the area.

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    Tsuruoka City’s APA Hotel

    Tsuruoka City’s APA Hotel

    Tsuruoka City’s APA Hotel

    Situated next to the bustling Tsuruoka station, the Tsuruoka APA hotel is a classic business style hotel which still has a lot to offer. Thanks to its central location it's a great place to stay when arriving or departing this region of Yamagata once known as the Dewa Province. Each hotel room features incredible city views and free wifi, air-conditioning and private bathrooms. The property offers a 24-hour front desk and downstairs is the bus stop for the bus to Dewa Sanza (Three Mountains of Dewa) making it incredibly convenient for adventuring out to one of the prefectures and Japan’s main power spots.

    APA Hotel Yamagata Tsuruoka Ekimae
    rating

    3.5

    41 Reviews
    place
    5-20 Suehirocho, Tsuruoka-shi Yamagata
    phone
    0235250111

    2020/07/26Check-in (2 persons per room)※Nightly fee per person Update date:2020/07/12

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    Saikan Haguroyama Sanrosho at Haguro-san Shrine

    Saikan Haguroyama Sanrosho at Haguro-san Shrine

    Saikan Haguroyama Sanrosho at Haguro-san Shrine

    Haguro-san is home to some very unique accommodation options as well great day trip options. The Haguro-san Shrine is in fact the only one of the three Dewa Sanzan shrines that stays open year round. A symbol of birth, Haguro-san is typically the first stop visited by pilgrims trekking through this historic shrine area. The temple lodging Saikan Haguroyama Sanrosho offers simple accommodations, with dinner and breakfast provided in the style of Buddhist vegetarian cuisine known as shojin ryori, and in a setting conducive to serious relaxation.

    羽黒山参籠所 斎館
    place
    山形県鶴岡市羽黒町手向字羽黒山33
    phone
    0235622357
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    Yudonosan Sanrosho

    Yudonosan Sanrosho

    Yudonosan Sanrosho

    Another mountain retreat getaway option is a stay at Yudono-san shrine ryokan. Similar to Haguro San’s options this is for the ultimate Buddhist retreat experience. Another type of temple lodging, Yudonosan Sanrosho is very easily accessible via a toll road. Nestled in a valley below the summit, this retreat is only 200 meters from the parking lot and next to the towering red torii gate leading up to the main shrine. Aside from its location, this sanrosho offers two onsen baths that are said to be symbols to the God of Water, as can be seen by the small shrines inside the wooden baths. A stay here is the perfect complement to the mysterious and sacred visit to Yudono-san.

    Dewasanzan Shrine yudonosansanrosho
    place
    Yamagata Pref. Tsuruokashi Tamugimata Sixty seven Satoyama
    phone
    0235546131

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