YAMAGATA pt.2: Must go places!

Yamagata is a prefecture filled with natural landscape that form like an artwork ~

While known by its misnomer, as the `Yamadera` Temple, its real name is the `Hoju-san Risshaku-ji Temple`, and is renowned as a nationally designated Place of Scenic Beauty and Historic Site. Climbing up the stone steps during the winter is just a little challenge to achieve in order to reach “that“ breath-taking scenery. What awaits on top is the notable Kaizan-do Hall and Godai-do Hall . Both give an impeccable view of the mountain area. A climb that you will surely not regret.

Hours: Daily Apr to Nov 9.30am – 4pm
Dec to Mar 10am – 3.30pm (Closed on Wed)
Fee: ¥300 (high school students and above), ¥200 (Junior high student) and ¥100 (from 4 years to elementary school students)
Access: 7 min walk from Yamadera Station by JR Senzan Line to the entrance of the mountain
Website: yamaderakankou.com

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Yamagata is also lined with old streets that have unique and traditional architecture!~

This onsen street is filled with three to four stories of traditional Japanese inn that are built during the Taisho and early Showa period. Also, aligning the lane side by side is the famous Ginzan river and the western-esque gas lamps that light up the street in the night. Equally mesmerizing is how it illuminates the entire area – of reflections amidst the white snow, giving the atmosphere a photogenic touch, and a sense of nostalgia. No wonder every year many fly in to catch a glimpse of its enchanting beauty.

Enjoying the picturesque nature while riding on the train is now a new trend in Japan. Yamagata Railway Flower Nagai Line has a total of 17 stops starting from Akayu Station(first) to Arato Station(last) that last roughly around 54 to 65 minutes. Be sure to look out for the 6th and 12th station as both were approved as Registered Tangible Cultural Properties of Agency for Cultural Affairs. As the white silvery canvas passes by, one can lost track of time while riding the train. Remember to keep the train ticket as a souvenir too.

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Ginzan Onsen Street

Access: 35 min ride by Hanagasa bus from Oshida Station via JR Yamagata Line or Yamagata Shinkansen
Website: ginzanonsen.jp (Japanese)

Flower Nagai Line

Website:flower-liner.jp/en/

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Have a bowl of hot tasty NAMEKO chicken SOBA (¥1,200) from Takimikan(そば処滝見館) to warm yourself in the cold weather!

Soba restaurant Takimikan

Hours: Daily 11am – 4pm
(L.O. 3.30pm)
(Closed on every Thus)
Website: takimikan.jp/en/publics/index/19/

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Exploring the town on foot will feel like you had travelled back to the olden days of Japan because of the old-fashioned setting. The town even built some Kamakura (huts made of snow, かまくら ), where people can order food from nearby eateries and get to enjoy it within the snow hut. The best combination is to have a hot bowl of ramen while huddled under the shelter of a Kamakura in the cold.

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Onogawa Onsen Street

Access: 26 min bus ride from Yonezawa Ekimae Bus Stop in front of Yonezawa Station

Website: onogawa.jp (Japanese)

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Experience the Japanese Ometenashi!

Accommodation and food are key factors that are deeply intertwined and connected to omotenashi (hospitality). Without both, one’s stay will not feel complete.

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From riding the snowmobile & snow banana rides to playing with snow and sliding down a huge snow slide in the open ground, this snow park is a place to fill up with some exciting yuletide-snow experiences. During summer, this place turns into Tohoku’s biggest lily flower park, becoming a blooming beauty along the lush greenery. The park is available all year round.

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TAKINOYU
Japan Onsen Ryokan

Access: 7 min drive from Tendo Station
Website: ryokan-onsen.com

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Takinami Hotel sets a notion itself by combining existing Japanese traditional wooden architecture that was built more than 350 years ago with modern style wooden furniture and flooring around the hotel. One can also find private onsen bathtub which uses either hollowed out stones from Zao or Japanese cypress wooden bathtub in each room, connected directly from the hot spring source. Lead by their head chef, Takinami’s dishes have uniquely combined Yamagata’s sansai (山菜, mountain vegetable) with fresh ingredients delivered from mountain, sea and fields, sharpening your senses and optimising the taste of the season. You will be intoxicated by the richness and fullness of the meal.

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YAMAGATA THE TAKINAMI

Access: 5 min drive from Akayu Station
Website: takinami.co.jp/english/

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Minshuku stay is probably one of the best ways to truly experience traditional Japanese lifestyle and meet local families. At Irori Minshuku, not only do they serve you good and hearty meals, but you can also enjoy illumination at night using the snow walls covered around the house. Absolutely a unique way of enjoying your stay in Yamagata.

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Konnyaku Bansho

Hours: Daily 11am – 4pm (dining)
8.30am – 5pm (shopping)
Access: 15-min frive from JR Kaminoyama Onsen Station
Website: tannokonnyaku.co.jp (Japanese)

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Minshuku stay is probably one of the best ways to truly experience traditional Japanese lifestyle and meet local families. At Irori Minshuku, not only do they serve you good and hearty meals, but you can also enjoy illumination at night using the snow walls covered around the house. Absolutely a unique way of enjoying your stay in Yamagata.

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IRORI MINSHUKU

Access: 55-min car ride from
JR Yonezawa Station
Price: 1 Night 2 meals, ¥6,800
Website: iikanjini.com/en/

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A hotel that stands within a plain field that seeks to promote a modest beauty surrounded by nature. One can enjoy an exquisite view of nature and its aesthetics beyond its glasses; Facilities like spa and fitness corner, a restaurant, speciality Yamagata and Shonai shops, library and a conference room are within the amenity. Truly an all-in-one experience that one cannot miss. 

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SHONAI HOTEL SUIDEN TERRASSE

Access: 10-min car ride from JR Tsuruoka Station
Website: suiden-terrasse.yamagata-design.com

 


⚫︎Ways to Yamagata Prefecture⚫︎

Currently, there are no direct flights from Changi International Airport to Yamagata Airport. But you have transportation options

One can opt for a connecting flight or a short one hour direct domestic flight that flies daily from Haneda Airport to Yamagata Airport. *For a more cost effective and time saving flight, one can go for using Japan Airlines (JAL) as Yamagata Airport is managed by them, with easy domestic transfer at Haneda Airport.

The Yamagata Shinkansen connect Tokyo to Yamagata.
*You can try the JR EAST PASS (Tohoku area) Free Area flexible five-day pass for easy access.

Visit yamagatakanko.com to access more information and get details on each of Yamagata Prefecture’s events!

 


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