Plenty to see and do in Yamagata | Yamagata Sightseeing and Travel Information



    Zaō Onsen Ski Resort, one of the largest snow resorts in the Tohoku region.
    There are 14 slopes and 12 courses, and night skiing is also available. There is frost-covered trees near the summit, and you can enjoy snow activities in the rich nature.



    Before the snow falls, the Zaō mountain range shows off one of the most outstanding autumn leaf colour spots in Japan.
    Due to the difference in altitude, visitors can enjoy the rich gradation of red, yellow and green during the autumn leaf colour season. The view of the foliage on the Zaō mountain range, which turns bright red at sunset, is particularly breathtaking.



    The Zaō Onsen Hot Spring was estabilished in 110 AD and has a history of about 1,900 years.
    It is believed to rejuvenate and beautify the skin and blood vessels, and continues to attract visitors since then."



    The Yamadera temple, meaning "Temple of the mountain" was founded by Jikaku Daishi Ennin in 860 AD. A famous and historic temple representing the Tōhoku region, where the famous haiku poet Matsuo Bashō wrote his famous haiku in the early Edo period.
    It is also famous as a power spot for cutting off bad relationships and bringing good ones together.



    The Yamagata Hanagasa Festival is one of Yamagata's major summer events.
    Held for a three-day period from 5 to 7 August every year, during which many dancers heat up the summer nights of Yamagata with their lively calls of "Yassho Makasho!"



    Imoni is a local food representing Yamagata. A large-scale and unique event on the theme of this stewed potato is the 'Japan's No.1 Imoni Festival' (commonly known as the Imoni Festival).
    Using a large pot with a diameter of 6.5 m, heavy machinery is deployed to cook and serve the best taro stew to visitors.

Plenty to see and do in Yamagata

A trip to Yamagata with lots to discover.

Yamagata Prefecture is located in the southern part of Japan's Tōhoku region,
Yamagata City is capital of Yamagata Prefecture, where attracting visitors thanks to its famous Zaō Hot Springs,
historic Yamadera Temple and a variety of sightseeing spots, events and local delicacies.

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Yamagata City can be divided into three main tourist ares: the Zaō Onsen, the Yamadera Temple and the city centre.
Each of them has different characteristics, so you can enjoy the different aspects of this city.
Enjoy walking around town in the city centre, feel the history at Yamadera Temple, relax at Zaō Onsen Hot Spring and enjoy your trip to Yamagata.!

  • Mt.Zaō Range

    Mt.Zaō Range

    Zaō is a sightseeing spot in Yamagata City with many different ways to enjoy the area throughout the year.
    Trekking in the summer green season, autumn leaf viewing in fall, and snow activities in winter can be enjoyed.
    In winter, in particular, you can admire the world's rare natural beauty of 'juhyo' (iced trees) up close. At night, riding on a snowmobile and viewing the illuminated juhyō is also popular.

  • Zaō Onsen

    Zaō Onsen

    At the foot of the Zaō mountain range is one of Japan's most famous hot springs, Zaō Onsen.
    It has a history of 1,900 years, and with about 80 hotels, inns and day-trip hot spring facilities, it is the largest hot spring resort in Yamagata Prefecture and the ideal base for a trip. Visitors are greeted by the smell of steam and sulphur in Zaō Onsen Town.
    The spring water is a highly acidic sulphur spring, and is known as the 'hot water of beauty' because the highly acidic water has a beautifying effect on the skin.

  • Yamadera Temple

    Yamadera Temple

    Yamadera (official name: Risshakuji Temple) was founded by Jikaku Daishi Ennin in 860 AD. It is famous for being mentioned in Matsuo Bashō's haiku.
    There are 1015 stone steps from the foot of the temple to the top. The journey takes between 30 and 46 minutes each way.
    After climbing the stone steps, the Godaidō Hall offers a spectacular view that attracts visitors.

  • Mine no Ura

    Mine no Ura

    This spot is on a hiking route that climbs up from the side of the mountain temple Senjuin Kannon.
    It is dotted with historical sites and ruins associated with Jikaku Daishi Ennin.
    The sight of sunlight shining divinely on the Tarumi ruins is particularly spectacular.

  • Kajō Park

    Kajō Park

    An urban park in the city centre.
    The ruins of Yamagata Castle have been selected as one of the 101 Great Castles of Japan. Although the castle tower has not survived until modern times, the moat and the 'Honmaru Ichimonjimon Ote Bridge' offer glimpses of the castle's original appearance.
    The park also contains the Yamagata City Museum of History, which is a reconstruction of the former Seiseikan Honkan, a quasi-Western-style hospital building built in the Meiji era (1868-1912).

  • Bunshōkan


    A Western-style building with a Taishō era style, completed in 1916. It is now designated as a National Important Cultural Property, and currently open to the public free of charge, containing the Yamagata Prefectural Folk Museum.
    It was also used as a location for the film Rurouni Kenshin.

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