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Yamagata

From Yamadera's trails to Zao Onsen's hot springs

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Mount Zao summit (Photo: Tom Roseveare / JT)

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Iris Festival at Nagai Ayame Park

Iris Festival at Nagai Ayame Park

Mid Jun - Early Jul

Each year from around mid-June to the first week of July, Yamagata's Nagai Ayame Park is filled with the color of around a million..

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Hanagasa Matsuri

Hanagasa Matsuri

Aug 5th - Aug 7th

Hanagasa Matsuri is a dance festival which originiated in Obanazawa but is now celebrated across Yamagata every summer.

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Shinjo Matsuri

Shinjo Matsuri

Aug 24th - Aug 26th

Shinjo, in Yamagata, hosts this annual festival in which giant floats are paraded through the city.

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Mamurogawa Plum Festival

Mamurogawa Plum Festival

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Each year from around late April until early May, Yamagata's Mamurogawa Park hosts a plum blossom festival where visitors can..

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About Yamagata

Okinawa Nagasaki Fukuoka Saga Kumamoto Kagoshima Miyazaki Oita Ehime Kochi Tokushima Kagawa Yamaguchi Hiroshima Okayama Tottori Shimane Hyogo Kyoto Osaka Wakayama Nara Shiga Mie Fukui Ishikawa Toyama Gifu Aichi Nagano Shizuoka Niigata Yamanashi Kanagawa Tokyo Saitama Gunma Tochigi Chiba Ibaraki Fukushima Miyagi Yamagata Iwate Akita Aomori Hokkaido
Region Tohoku
Island Honshu
Capital Yamagata
Population 1,168,924
Area 9323.15 km²

Located in the Tohoku region and bordering the Sea of Japan, Yamagata Prefecture (山形県, Yamagata-ken) is filled with beautiful natural landscapes.

Risshaku-ji, or Yama-dera, is a temple famous for its magnificent view after a 1,000-step climb to get to the top, while the five-storey pagoda at Mount Haguro (part of the Dewa Sanzan Mountains) is also a must-see destination for tourists.

After visiting those holy sites, reinvigorate yourself at one of Yamagata’s many hot springs, with the ones at Ginzan, Kaminoyama, and Zao (also a popular ski resort) being the most renowned. If you visit in early autumn, don’t miss out on imoni, the prefecture’s special potato soup.

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