While Yamagata prefecture in the northeastern part of Japan’s main island might not be a typical destination for international tourists, it is a good destination for off the beaten path winter sports. Every year, Yamagata receives plenty of snow, and combined with the many mountains it makes for a good destination for skiing and snowboarding.
But that is not all there is to do in Yamagata, as doing a temple stay is one of the best ways to experience Japanese culture from up close. In the summer, people flock to the area to participate in the Hanagasa Matsuri, a traditional Japanese festival. The region is quite rural and known for its production of rice and fruits.
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Do you want to relax in a hot spring resort without the tourist crowds? It is a bit of a trek, but Ginzan Onsen in Yamagata is a perfect getaway for those who really want to bathe in nature.
The people who practice Shugendo asceticism on Dewa Sanzan are called ‘yamabushi’, and they are probably the most rigorous and stoic people in the history of Japan.
Yamadera is a temple in a mountainous region of Yamagata. It was founded over a thousand years ago, and now it is one of the region’s best-kept secrets. Some of the most amazing views of nature can be seen from Yamadera.
Yamagata City is a centrally located town within a short distance of famous sightseeing areas like Mt. Zao with its onsen, hiking spots, winter sports areas, and Yamadera.