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Upcoming Events February - April

1/27-4/15 Sagae Girl's Doll Festival (Sagae Hinamatsuri)
A selection of gorgeous and beautiful hina (pronounced: hee-nah) dolls for girl’s festival celebrated on March 3rd are kept since the Edo Period, and will be displayed during February through April at three places in the City...

Sakura Spots April

■Kajo Park | Yamagata City
Kajo Park is the site of former Yamagata Castle which was built in 1357. Now the site has become a park where only the stone wall and inner moat remain. In the park there are sports facilities and museums of western architecture built back in Meiji Period. The cherry trees put on fabulous blossoms along the inner moat in spring. >>more

Prefectural Guide


Yamadera is a holy ground which had been opened in 860A.D. At the main hall Konpon-chudo, the Fumetsu-no-Hoto (the immortal holy light) which had been displaced from the head temple Hieizan Enryakuji glows silently and tells the long history.

From the temple gate, a 1,500-step staircase leads you to the Okunoin (the furthest hall) and within the 520,000 acreage precinct spreads out a landscape filled with mysterious and sacred air.



The fresh breeze and shining green trees, and more than anything else, Zao’s symbolic mountainscape that reminds you of an iron pot continues to attract people to visit this place. It is also a treasury of all kinds of mountain plants.
During May to August, many hikers come to enjoy the flowers of shibakusataira and komakusataira at its height.


Mogamigawa River boat ride

Mogamigawa, being one of Japan’s Three Great Rivers, has been used for water transportation since the ancient times, and during the Edo Period it carried local products such as robin’s nest.
The river is also famous for the poet Matsuo Basho’s boat ride in his essay Oku-no-Hosomichi, as he reads the haiku: “Samidarewo atsumete hayashi Mogamigawa” (the summer rains gathering into swift flows, Mogamigawa). The “Mogamigawa Basho Line” is a one-hour boat ride starting from Furukuchi port down toKusanagi Onsen port. The boatman will keep you entertained with the song Mogamigawa Funauta (Mogamigawa boat song).

Dewa Sanzan

Dewa Sanzan is consisted of Gassan, Hagurosan and Yudonosan and is known to be the mountains of ascetics from the old times.
It is said that the opening of the mountains go back to 1,400 years ago, when Prince Hachikono-ouji came here guided by a three-legged mystic bird.

The Sanjin-gosaiden that sits at the top of Hagurosan Shrine is the center of worship, and the architecture is in a unique ascetic style of Haguro School.
The present building has been restored in 1818, and is now registered as a national important cultural asset. The precinct holds Japanese cedar trees of more than 1,000 years old, which are also designated as national natural monuments.

< Ginzan Hot springs (Ginzan Onsen)

Yamagata Prefecture is known as a “hot spring paradise” where hot springs gush out in every city and village, but among all the hot springs, Ginzan-Onsengai is the foremost area which welcomes many tourists through all seasons.

Ginzan-Onsen has initially developed as a spa for silver miners that worked in the mountains in Obanazawa, a city located in eastern Yamagata.
Currently, the city is known nationwide as a hot-spring resort with old-fashioned buildings that reminds you of Taisho romance.

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