A Day Trip Along the Mogami River
Known as the mother river of Yamagata Prefecture a trip to the prefecture isn’t complete without a journey down the breathtaking Mogami River. Running all the way from north to south through the prefecture, the river holds a special place in the hearts of the citizens of the area.
Completely transforming with the four changing seasons, visiting the river any time of the year is an unforgettable Yamagata experience. The are a number of ways to immerse yourself in the beauty of the area and soak up everything Yamagata has to offer, here are just a few options.
One on the best ways to get around the river is of course by boat. Running regularly, guests can hop on the Mogami River Boat. During this little tour the boat’s captain will guide you through the river path, and if you’re lucky will perform a moving traditional river song. As well as singing it in Japanese, the guide can also take requests, singings versions in English, Chinese, and Korean. All up this trip will take about an hour which is the ideal amount of time to really take in all the sights as you make your journey down the river. For a very unique dining experience you can also enjoy a meal on the boat, but be sure to reserve this in advance.
The boat departs hourly and generally reservations are not required for the standard hourly departure times that are listed on their website. However you can make reservations for groups and special requests. You can also book reservations for a special departure times to suit large groups. The tours down the river operate from 10am until 4pm but may be subject to change depending on the weather.
Tour tickets cost 2,200 yen for adults and 1,100 yen for children. If you’re planning on booking a group of 15 or more, the cost is 1,980 yen for adults and 990 yen for children. There’s also a 400 yen bus that can take you from the final destination of the boat ride back to the boarding area. Access to the boat area takes around 20 minutes on an Amarume bound train on the Rikuu West Line (Rikuu-Saisen) departing from JR Shinjo Station. Get off at the JR Furukuchi Station, from there it’s around a five minute walk.
If you follow the stream of the Mogami River you’ll come to Mogami Gorge, and Shiraito Falls, a waterfall in the Furukuchi district that was listed as one of ‘Japan’s Top 100 Waterfalls’, by the Japanese Ministry of the Environment in 1990. Situated at the base of the falls sits a small chapel dedicated to Fudo Myoo, a Buddhist icon. Keep walking and you’ll come to the stunning the Kusanagi Hot Springs are located nearby. A great place to stop off when exploring the area is Parlor Shiraito No Taki, a laid back café and restaurant that offers great dining and incredible views of the river below.
- Facility Name
- Yamagata Pref. Yamagatashi Futabachou 1-chome
- Information Sources:
- NAVITIME JAPAN