YAMAGATA

YAMAGATA

What do you imagine when you hear mashed potatoes? The typical white mush, occasionally seasoned with oregano or black pepper? Well, there is actually a store in the Tohoku (東北) region called NORMA that offers a new kind of dish that will make you question all of the mashed...

A place known for its agricultural products, hot springs, rural flair, and natural beauty is Yamagata (山形). It is a large prefecture along the coast of the Sea of Japan in the Tohoku (東北) region. Historically speaking, the aboriginal Ezo (蝦夷) people are greatly rooted in this place. There...

Yamagata in southern Tohoku is a prefecture famous for its beautiful scenery. It is famous for its Yonezawa Wagyu beef, tasty cherries, and the great ski area plus hot spring resorts on Mt. Zao. If you have the chance to visit Yamagata Prefecture, be sure not to miss these...

Yamagata City is located in a mountainous area where scenic temples can be seen. One of which is located in the city's northeast area and is known as Yama-dera Temple. It is a Buddhist temple founded over a thousand years ago and has been considered as a nationally-designated Place...

Yamagata Hanagasa Festival is considered to be one of Tohoku's major festivals. It primarily centers on the "hanagasa," which is a hat decorated with artificial flowers worn by adults and children as they parade through the streets of Yamagata City. The very first festival was held in 1964 which...

There are a number of old time horror stories lurking in Japanese culture reaching up to present times. Whether these stories are used for intentional purposes or just to pass on to the times, surely many of them are still famous today. One of the famous stories of the Yokai...

Find yourself in Oguni during the winter season? Then you must go to Yokone ski area (suki-jou). As a local favorite, this ski area is the heart of Oguni during winter. Both children and adults can enjoy skiing or snowboarding throughout the day from 9 am - 5 pm....

Need a break from the busy city life? Then come to the hidden town of Oguni-machi in Yamagata prefecture. In Oguni you can enjoy the beautiful nature and positive atmosphere anywhere you go. One of my personal recommendations to enjoy the outdoors at is Kenko No Mori Yokone (健康の森横根)....

Ready for a breathtaking adventure? Come to Tsuruoka city in Yamagata Prefecture and climb Mount Haguro. Mount Haguro, or Hagurosan, is a 2,446 stone step mountain that's part of the 3 sacred mountains in Yamagata Prefecture. While climbing you'll enjoy amazing views and excellent service. You can climb this...

In the ancient province of Dewa, which is the current Yamagata Prefecture of Japan, a sacred mountain known as "Mount Haguro" lies. It is regarded as one of the "Three Mountains of Dewa", being the lowest and serving for religious purpose. This is especially important to those who are...

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