YamagataYamagata has been called 'hidden' Japan and is definitely not on the regular tourist routes. It is Japan's largest prefecture and you can find it along the Sea of Japan coast in southern Tohoku. In Yamagata, you can visit ancient temples, enjoy amazing skiing in the winter, try delicious local food and experience colorful summer festivals. Especially interesting for foodies, Yamagata is famous for cherries, in fact, 70% of Japan’s cherries are grown here! Imoni is a local stew made with taro, beef, konnyaku, sugar, soy sauce and miso. And for ramen lovers, Yamagata is quite serious about their ramen and boasts the highest consumption rate in all of Japan. Yamagata city and the cities of Sakata, Yonezawa, and Nanyo each have their own special types of ramen for you to enjoy.
Ginzan Onsen is a hot spring town that consists of only one street with shops and ryokan (Japanese inns) lining each side of it, and a small stream flowing down the middle. It is said that this is the place that inspired the location for Miyazaki Hayao's famou
Zao Onsen Hot Spring
Located in the mountains of Yamagata Prefecture, this hot spring is renown for its sulfurous spring waters—which are said to ameliorate skin conditions—and many surrounding traditional inns and hotels. The spring is sometimes called "hime no yu" (Hot Spring fo
Zao Onsen Ski Resort
Zao Onsen Ski Resort is a popular area for winter sports and is located close to the hot spring resort of Zao. The area is known for its juhyo (frozen trees, also called "snow monsters"), a rare phenomenon that is only visible in this particular area.
The Bunsho-kan is an old European style building that was built for other purposes, but is now used as a museum of Yamagata prefecture and its culture.
Domeki Onsen is a hot-spring located amid an expanse of paddy fields in Yamagata. The outside bath has no roof and looks out over the fields.
Kajo Park (Yamagata Castle Remains)
Yamagata Castle was a castle built in 1356 by Lord Shiba Kaneyori.
This aquarium is a 2-floor complex that houses a variety of marine animals, fish and many other species. Kamo Aquarium's special focus lies on jellyfish, with its new Jellyfish Dream Hall, workshops and lectures. The aquarium also organizes sea lion shows.
Hotel Rich & Garden Sakata
With views of Mount Chokai and the Mogami River, Hotel Rich & Garden Sakata offers modern accommodation in Sakata. The property is a 7-minute drive from Sakata Train Station. The air-conditioned rooms come with a TV.
Best Western The Japonais Yonezawa
Offering free bikes, Best Western The Japonais Yonezawa is located in Yonezawa. Complete with a refrigerator, the dining area also has an electric kettle. Featuring a shower, private bathroom also comes with a bath and a hairdryer
At Hotel Ohsho, guests relax in hot-spring baths and enjoy traditional multi-course meals. Bicycle rentals are available for touring the area and you can lounge at the spacious lobby.
Yamagata Grand Hotel
Featuring free WiFi and a restaurant, Yamagata Grand Hotel offers accommodation in Yamagata. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Private parking is available on site. All rooms come with a TV. The rooms include a private bathroom f
Hotel Inn Tsuruoka
Set in Tsuruoka, 22 km from Atsumi Onsen, Hotel Inn Tsuruoka boasts a restaurant and free WiFi throughout the property. Free private parking is available on site. The rooms are fitted with a TV. You will find a kettle in the room
Takinoyu Hotel features a spacious outdoor hot-spring bath, karaoke and massages. Free Wi-Fi is available at the main building, and a free shuttle service is offered to/from JR Tendo Train Station and Yamagata Airport.
Located a 5-minute drive from JR Akayu Train Station, Morinoyu offers indoor and outdoor hot spring baths, and simple yet stylish rooms with modern amenities. Free WiFi access is available at public areas.