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Mogami River最上川


This first-class river flows through Yamagata Prefecture. With its source at Mt. Nishi-Agatsuma on the border with Fukushima Prefecture, it courses through the nearby basin and across the Shonai Basin before emptying into the Sea of Japan. Approximately 80% of the prefecture's population inhabits the Mogami River basin (including tributaries such as the Sagae River), so it has played a key role in water transport since ancient times. The culturally important waterway has appeared many times in song. Matsuo Basho's haiku about it reads The swift Mogami River gathers summer rain.


Yamagata prefecture Mogami-gun

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Yamagata prefecture Mogami-gun [map]

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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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