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Yamagata 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.

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Ginzan Onsen

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...Read more

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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 condit...Read more

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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 (fro...Read more

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Risshaku-ji Temple (Yamadera Temple)

A Buddhist temple that was built in 860 at the order of Emperor Seiwa, this temple is Japan's oldest building made of beechwood. The buildings are ...Read more

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    Three Mountains of Dewa

    Dewa Sanzan are three sacred mountains in Yamagata called Gassan, Haguro-san and Yudono-san, each topped with a shrine.Read more

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    Mount Gassan

    Mount Gassan, one of the three sacred mountains of Dewa Sanzan, is a 1984-meter high volcanic mountain located in the center of Yamagata Prefecture...Read more

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    Yamagata Traditional Kokeshi Museum

    This site is a museum of traditional kokeshi, which are wooden dolls with round heads and cylinder bodies that began to be sold as souvenirs to the...Read more

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    Bunsho-kan

    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 cult...Read more

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