Top Attractions in Yamagata
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- The autumn colors are amazing. I went on a Monday and it was not busy. For 200 yen it is an incredible value.Written November 2, 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Such a great ski resort and all is great. You can spend 4 days for skiing and enjoy the speed and scenery passing by you when skiing. After the daily ski, in the evening you can enjoy the hot spring and bool beer, it is the best thing, isn't it?
The ski resort has various design for the beginners and professionals. It's easy to learn and can find the way even you are a beginner, however, pls do have a coach with you.
If you are lucky you can even see "the tree looks like ice bar," glamour your eyes.
I would like to visit here again and enjoy my winter vacation.Written October 11, 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- The Zao Ropeway at the base of the Zao Onsen Ski Resort takes you directly up to the snow covered winter trees. Dress warm, expect shocking cold winds and big line-ups and crowds. On weekends especially they come in by the bus load to take selfies with the famous monsters.Written July 4, 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Visited in third week of Dec 19..snow covered tree forest resembling snow monsters..cable car ropeway up to the top was an amazing experience. If you want a white snow covered environment, this is the place.Written December 28, 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
It is an English Renaissance style building that once served as the prefectural office and the prefectural assembly hall of Yamagata Prefecture. Its majestic appearance still attracts many people today.
The official name of the museum is "Yamagata Prefecture Local Museum," but not every room of the building is used as an exhibition space. The contents on display are almost entirely made up of modern historical documents from the Meiji era onward. Although the interior has been restored and maintained many times, it retains as much of its original appearance as possible, and visitors will be fascinated by the opulent chandeliers, furnishings, detailed carvings, and elegantly colored carpets and curtains.
This facility is free of charge if you just walk around the rooms and look at the exhibits. Since it is one of the facilities that still retains the architectural aspects of modern Japan, it is also used for filming locations for movies, models, and weddings. If you want to use it for such filming, you will need to register in advance and pay a fee. The council hall and courtyard can be rented out for events for a fee.Written August 7, 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
The site of Yamagata Castle, built during the reign of warlord Yoshiaki Mogami and the political seat of the Yamagata domain during the Edo period, is now a place of relaxation for Yamagata citizens. Except for the moat around the park, the Otemon gate, the Honmaru Goten plaza in the center of the park and the moats and historical sites surrounding it, the park is no different from other parks around the country, and is a place for joggers, pet walkers and children to play.
Basically, the park is free and open to all, but the gates are closed at night and no one can enter. The west side of the park is also undergoing continuous maintenance and excavation, and some sections are restricted. The moat in the center of the park is only surrounded by a waist-high fence, which makes it difficult to retrieve balls and other objects that fall into the moat. Be careful when playing with balls or Frisbees.Written August 12, 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- A beautiful building with a lovely garden in the middle. The exhibits cover medicine in Japan. I was most impressed by the eye chart that used animals.Written November 2, 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- This was a great little find to fill in a couple of hours in Yamagata. Exhibition mainly consisted of photographs which were great. The permanent exhibition of paintings and sculptures were really interesting. Chagall, Picasso, Renoir, Matisse. Maybe only one of two of each but interesting none the less. Sculptures by Japanese artists also interesting. Great rest rooms. Pity there was not more English. Entry 300y.Written March 21, 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Although it is one of the 100 best castles in Japan, it is best to avoid expecting the so-called spectacular historical sites such as Nagoya Castle and Osaka Castle. All of the historical sites on the grounds have been restored, and excavations are still underway, so some parts of the grounds are inaccessible. On the other hand, there are few historical documents related to the castle, but the restoration work is based on historical facts as much as possible, which is very useful to learn about the structure of the land and how it was used in the past.
There are guides with explanations of the historical sites everywhere, but they are all in Japanese, which can be quite confusing for tourists from overseas. The site is free to enter, but is not open at night. The Honmaru Goten Square in the center of the park has even more restricted entry hours.
In spring, the cherry blossoms in the park are in full bloom.Written August 13, 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- This is one of the better festival in Tohoku.
There is only one song for this festival "Hanagasa Ondo" and every one dance with this song. This is a well known song for Japanese!
There were about 70 groups participated in the parade and seems all have trained well before going to the parade. The great Japanese spirit was there: Whatever they do, they do it well!
The parade was not as crowded like the Nebuta Festival in Aomori. Yamagata is a bit off the tourist path and I did not see many foreign tourist there.
Go to the starting point earlier and you should be able to get a good spot without much difficulty!
If you are coming from Akita after the Kanto Festival, this should be the next festival for you.Written August 26, 2018This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- We used remaining time after arriving in Yamagata to visit this museum. It had a lot of information on the locality, its past and present, and local fauna and flora. Printed sheets on key topics were available in English to take home for grandchildren to absorb.Written January 14, 2018This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- My wife and I stayed in the Washington Hotel on the tops floors so we became familiar with this building. There's a movie theater in the basement, there are several shops and restaurants on the first two floors, and there's a very good Yamagata Tourist Information center on the first floor with some foreign language information. (I don't know how much English the staff know as we spoke in Japanese.) You can go up to the top floor (24th floor) and there's a free observation area with seats and large windows. Unless you're staying at the hotel, I think there's cheaper parking outside Kajo Central.Written August 31, 2018This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- A museum where you can learn about the tumultuous life of Yoshimitsu Mogami, a warlord of Dewa Yamagata出羽山形藩の初代藩主で、最上家の全盛期を築き上げた最上義光の、波乱に満ちた生涯を様々な史料から観賞することが出来る博物館です。
This is a museum where visitors can learn about the tumultuous life of Yoshiaki Mogami, the first lord of the Dewa Yamagata clan and the founder of the Mogami family in its heyday, through a variety of historical materials.
The museum is not very large in size, but there is a wealth of historical documents on display, and it will take you at least an hour to see them all in detail. You can learn about the personality of Yoshiaki Mogami from a variety of perspectives, as he not only recorded various battles as a warlord, but also had an outstanding background as a man of culture. In addition to the armor and helmets he wore during the battles, there are also many letters addressed to his nephew Masamune Date and Renga poems on display, which are perfect for those who want to learn more about the relationship between Yoshiaki Mogami and the people associated with him and their historical background. On the other hand, materials related to the tragedy of his beloved daughter, Komahime, are also on display, giving visitors a glimpse of a life that was not all smooth sailing.
It is free to visit. Some of the documents are explained in English, but most of the exhibits are in Japanese only. The museum is located on the first floor only, making it stress-free for visitors with disabilities such as wheelchairs.Written August 10, 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Frequently Asked Questions about Yamagata
- The best day trips from Yamagata according to Tripadvisor travelers are:
- Discover Tohoku -2 Days Trip to Zao and Fox Village from Tokyo
- Yamagata / Yamadera Full-Day Private Trip with Government-Licensed Guide
- Farmers Homestay in Yamagata