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This area of Yamagata has around 250,000 inhabitants.
This destination is located roughly 180 miles north of the national capital of Tokyo. It's also 6 miles southeast of Higashimurayama-gun.
Discover the lighter side of life at Lina World, a popular attraction that the whole family can enjoy.
If you enjoy fine wine and the craftsmanship behind it, look into arranging a tour of the Takahata Winery or the Takeda Winery. There's nothing like opening a bottle of the latest vintage to celebrate a vacation. Bottoms up!
Gardeners and conservationists can get their botanical fix at Sosho Rose Garden and Senshinan.
Pack some lunch and take it easy for a while in the tranquil, green surroundings of Matsugasaki Park and Zao Bodaira Highlands. There's also plenty of space for a game or two on the grass at Kajo Park and Momiji Park.
Gaze out over the reflective water, do some bird-watching and check for water-based activities at Lake Choro and Dokko Numa.
Turn off your phone and take a break from the noises of the modern world at Hayama Hot Spring and Mt. Zao. Zao Onsen and Onogawa Onsen are also recommended by nature-loving visitors.
The area's exhibition spaces are jam-packed with interesting facts and stories. Savor the contemplative atmosphere as you check out the different displays at the Miyasaka Museum and the Hirosuke Hamada Memorial Museum. The Yamagata Prefectural Ukitamu Fudoki-no-oka Archaeological Museum and the Yamagata Museum of Science and Industry are also worth looking at.
The preserved specimens at the Yamagata Prefectural Museum aren't simply fun to look at. They also play an important role in helping us understand the natural world.
A haven for lovers of art, this area houses numerous spaces in which artists and designers can exhibit their work. Revel in the hip atmosphere at the Yamagata Museum of Art and the Yamadera Goto Museum of Art. If you can fit them in, the Dewazakura Museum of Art and the Shinichi Saito Museum are also well worth checking out.
History buffs can explore chronicles of former times at the Mogami Yoshiaki Historical Museum and the Yamadera Basho Museum. Do you like the sound of those? Continue your explorations at the Sato Museum of History and Culture or the Tendo Shogi Museum.
Clan Uesugi’s Mausoleum and Kaminoyama Castle are certainly worth planning a trip to, even if history isn't your forte. You might also like to take a few photos at Yamagata Castle and Yamagata City Local History Museum.
Whether you're spiritual or not, you'll be sure to have a pleasant time at the Kasugasan Rinsenji Temple and Matsugasaki Shrine. Uesugi Jinja Shrine and Akutsu Hachiman Shrine are two more recommended sacred sites.
Learn about the experiences of women and men who helped make Yamagata what it is today at some of its memorial sites, such as Keji Maeda's Tomb and Utakake Inari Shrine. Yudonosan Shrine and the Wakamaysu-ji Temple are also worth stopping by.
For some retail therapy, visit a few of the many malls and markets. A few of the best places to visit are Road Station Takahata, Tazawa Road Station Nagomi no Sato and Road Station Tendo Onsen.
Many tourists come here because of the great skiing and snowboarding. If you're interested in joining in on the excitement, pick up some gear and hop on the chairlift at Zao Hot Springs Ski Resort. Once you've tried all of the trails there, you can check out what's available at Shichikasyuku Ski Area or Zao Onsen Ski Resort.
After seeing the most famous sights in the Yamagata area, take a trip to discover the Zao Sanroku Ropeway, Yonezawa City Hall or the Zao Chuo Ropeway.
Finding the best room is a key part of any vacation. Accommodation options in Yamagata itself are limited, so visit Expedia's up-to-date Yamagata lodging page right away for the latest listings and deals.
Situated in Yamagata, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Yamagata Museum of Science and Industry, Utakake Inari Shrine and Mt. Zao. Zao Onsen Ski Resort and Beni no Kura are also within 10 minutes.
Situated in Yamagata, this ryokan is close to Zao Chuo Ropeway, Zao Onsen and Zao Sanroku Ropeway. Also nearby are Zao Sky Cable and Zao Hot Springs Ski Resort.
Situated near the airport, this hotel is steps away from Utakake Inari Shrine and Beni no Kura. Yamagata Manabikan and Yamagata Museum of Science and Industry are also within 15 minutes.
Situated in Yamagata, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Yamagata Museum of Science and Industry, Utakake Inari Shrine and Horetsu Shrine. Beni no Kura and Mt. Zao are also within 10 minutes.
Situated in Yamagata, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Utakake Inari Shrine and Beni no Kura. Yamagata Museum of Science and Industry and Yamagata Manabikan are also within 15 minutes.
Situated in Yamagata, this hotel is steps away from Mt. Zao and Zao Onsen Ski Resort. Yamagata Museum of Science and Industry and Horetsu Shrine are also within 15 minutes.
Situated in Kaminoyama, this ryokan is close to Kaminoyama Castle, Hayama Hot Spring and Takeda Winery. Local attractions also include Lina World.
Situated in Yamagata, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Zao Sky Cable, Zao Chuo Ropeway and Zao Hot Springs Ski Resort. Zao Sanroku Ropeway and Zao Onsen are also within 1 mile (2 km).