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Following the Yamagata Mountain Pilgrimage of One of Japan’s Greatest Poets

The Mountain Temple has long been synonymous with haiku master Matsuo Basho (松尾芭蕉) and his immortal travel log, Oku no Hosomichi (奥の細道; The Narrow Road into the Deep North). Its very name evokes feelings of mystery and tranquility. Situated in the Yamagata (山形) region of the beautiful Tohoku (東北), Yamadera (山寺), meaning “mountain temple”, is…

5 Exciting Activities to Do in Yamagata!

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 5 activities! Ropeway Scenery You can…

Climb the 1000 Steps to Yamagata’s Scenic Hidden Treasure, Yama-dera

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 of Scenic Beauty and Historic Site.…

A Day at Mount Haguro: Green Soba and a Hot Spring

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 mountain all year long, but I…

Visit the Sacred Grounds of Mt Haguro, Yamagata

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 practicing enlightenment as they need to…

Visit the Guinness World Record-Holding Kamo Aquarium in Yamagata!

Kamo Aquarium is one of the best places you can visit as a family. This unique aquarium is a giant learning center that explains the beauty of underwater life to both kids and adults! Yamagata   View this post on Instagram   #山形県 #山形県は顔の形 #山形県戸沢村 #戸沢村は目 #大好きな山形県 #大好きな県 #大好きな地元 #山形県地図 #恋しいぞ山形 ♡Rie Iizuka♡さん(@smile_rie_happy323_44nz)がシェアした投稿 – 2017年…