Rivers / Waterfalls in Yamagata
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- Mogami River is known as the ‘mother river’ of Yamagata Prefecture, so a visit to the area without paying respects to Mother Mogami isn’t a proper Yamagata experience at all. To really immerse yourself in the beauty of the waterway, hop aboard a riverboat cruise departing from the base of the Goten Bridge, along Prefectural Route 294. Disembarking at Nagashima Bridge, this 50-minute journey down one of the area’s most important canals is a great way to really understand the powerful beauty of this underrated prefecture.
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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