Yamagata Prefecture

Snow monsters, exhilarating ski fields, and hot springs are a testament to Yamagata Prefecture's spectacles of nature! 

Plan a relaxing weekend getaway to Yamagata's quaint hot spring town, ski alongside imposing frost-covered trees on Mt. Zao, and delight in the prefecture's specialties such as juicy cherries, Akebi fruit, and Yonezawa Beef.
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  • Ginzan Onsen
    With its traditional inns and rural setting, Ginzan Onsen town invites visitors to soak in its old-world atmosphere and exquisite selection of hot spring baths. This popular weekend retreat destination is free from cars, allowing you to take slow strolls along the Ginzan River in a yukata among other activities.

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  • Zao Snow Monsters
    Towering Zao Snow Monsters are Yamagata's most iconic winter spectacle, as alpine trees get completely covered in frost from the strong winds and snowfall of February. The experience of skiing down slopes surrounded by these spooky creatures is one you would not want to miss!

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  • Yamagata Cherries
    Introduced to Yamagata in 1876, the prefecture is now the production centre of 70 percent of Japan's cherry export. You can recognize Yamagata cherries by their large size and fantastic taste!

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