Where to Go in Yamagata

Yamagata sits on the southern end of the Tohoku Region, along the Sea of Japan coast and boasts rich history, incredible food and some of the most amazing natural sights in all of Japan. Whether you want adventure, relaxation or a little bit of everything, this prefecture has it all.

Where to Go in Yamagata

Situated on the Sea of Japan coast and along the Mogami River sits Sakata a medium-sized traditional style city and a must visit destination in Yamagata Prefecture. The home of some of the best rice in the world, the city is located close to the Shonai Plain, making it a very important figure in the culinary development of Japan’s history. If you’re a sake drinker you can’t miss the opportunity to try the area’s Hatsumago sake, a local favourite that's now quickly becoming an internationally recognized sake icon. If it’s history you’re chasing the city is filled with fascinating Edo Period artefacts, and historical sites such as the Honma Family Residence, the Shonai Zennoh Museum and the Dewa Yushinkan.

Where to Go in Yamagata

One of the most spiritual and scenic locations in all of Yamagata is The Three Mountains of Dewa, known to the locals as Dewa Sanzan. Comprising three sacred mountains; Mount Haguro, Mount Gassan and Mount Yudono, the area is holy centre of Japanese Shinto religion, most specifically the mountain ascetic cult of Shugendo. These stunning and mysterious mountain ranges have become a popular pilgrimage site visited by many, travelling from near and far to experience the area’s spiritual power first hand. Situated on the mountain grounds is also the Haguro five-story pagoda, which has been recognized national treasure of Japan.

Where to Go in Yamagata

For those who love their winter spots, Zao Onsen ski resort is a must visit destination for those visiting the area in winter. This is actually Japan's oldest ski resort and it still remains one of the country's best, and most well kept secrets. Home to over thirty different lifts, gondolas and ropeways to get you up to slopes, this resort is especially well suited for beginner and intermediate skiers. Originally founded approximately 1900 years ago, the Zao Onsen village is a hot spring mecca and is home to some incredibly scenic indoor and outdoor hot spring baths. If you want to ultimate soaking experience, look no further as Zao's water is reputed to be some of the best in the entire country.

Where to Go in Yamagata

For something a little more quirky visit Kamo in Tsuruoka, home to one of the best and most unique aquariums in all Japan, the Kamo Aquarium. This is actually the only aquarium in the whole of Yamagata and it houses the world’s largest collection of jellyfish on display. Hypnotic and fascinating, the displays feature over 30 different varieties of jellyfish. If you’re feeling brave you can also try out the aquariums strange delicacies such as jellyfish ramen and jellyfish ice cream.

Where to Go in Yamagata

Sitting high in the mountains northeast of Yamagata City is Yamadera a scenic temple that boasts some of the most incredible views in the area. In Japanese, Yamadera literally means ‘mountain temple’ which is pretty apt considering that the grounds extend high up a steep mountainside. Founded over a thousand years ago the temple is part of Tendai sect and is a must not miss spiritual and naturally beautiful hidden pocket of Yamagata.

Facility Name
Yamagata
Address
Yamagata Pref. Yamagatashi Futabachou 1-chome
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NAVITIME JAPAN
Facility Name
Sakatashi dewayushinkan
Address
Yamagata Pref. Sakatashi Imoriyama 3-17-86
Phone
0234313737
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NTT DIRECTORY SERVICES
Facility Name
Haguroyama
Address
Yamagata Pref. Tsuruokashi Haguromachitouge
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NAVITIME JAPAN
Facility Name
Gassan
Address
Yamagata Pref. Tsuruokashi Haguromachikawadai
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NAVITIME JAPAN
Facility Name
Yudo mountain
Address
Yamagata Pref. Tsuruokashi Tamugimata
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Facility Name
Zaonsen
Address
Yamagata Pref. Yamagatashi Zaouonsen
Phone
0236949328
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Facility Name
Tsuruoka City Kamo Aquarium
Address
Yamagata Pref. Tsuruokashi Imaizumi Okubo 657-1
Phone
0235333036
Hours
[] 9:00-17:00
[summer vacation] 9:00-17:30
Latest entry is 30 minutes closing
Closed
open everyday
Fees
[Admission fee]Adults1000yen、Elementary and Junior High School Students500yen、ChildFree
Parking Lot
Available(500spaces)
Credit Card
Not available
Introduction
This is an aquarium in Tsuruoka City, Yamagata Prefecture, the prefecture’s only one, with the nickname “Jellyfish Dream Hall.” It is known for displaying over 50 kinds of jellyfish and holds a Guinness World Record in this field. The biggest highlight is about 2,000 moon jellyfish swimming in a large water tank five meters in diameter. An exhibition corner of Shonai’s freshwater and saltwater fish, a sea lion show, and the black-tail gull feeding are all popular. There is also a complete exhibition area for children.
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN
Facility Name
Yamadera
Address
Yamagata, Yamagata Prefecture
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN

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    Yamagata Pref. Sakata City Sankyomachi1-1-8
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    Sakatashi dewayushinkan

    Citizen's center/Community Center
    Yamagata Pref. Sakatashi Imoriyama 3-17-86
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    Yamagata Pref. Yamagatashi Zaouonsen
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    Yamagata

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    Yamagata Pref. Yamagatashi Futabachou 1-chome
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    Yamadera

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    Yamagata, Yamagata Prefecture
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    Tsuruoka City Kamo Aquarium

    Aquarium
    Yamagata Pref. Tsuruokashi Imaizumi Okubo 657-1
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    Haguroyama

    Mountain
    Yamagata Pref. Tsuruokashi Haguromachitouge
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    Yudo mountain

    Mountain
    Yamagata Pref. Tsuruokashi Tamugimata
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    Mt. Haguro Five-Storied Pagoda

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    Yamagata Pref. Tsuruokashi Haguromachitouge 7
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    Gassan

    Mountain
    Yamagata Pref. Tsuruokashi Haguromachikawadai
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    Former Main Residence of Homma Family and Villa “O-tana”

    Historical Buildings
    Yamagata Pref. Sakatashi Nibanchou 12-13
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