Maiko, museums, temples and more
In addition to its many stunning natural attractions, Yamagata has a plethora of charming spots to enjoy.
From live maiko performances to tea ceremonies alongside beautiful Japanese gardens, Yamagata has plenty to enjoy within the comfort of its small cities and towns.
As capital of the prefecture and home to Yamagata’s largest metropolitan population, Yamagata City has no shortage of activities, cuisine, nightlife, and lodging accommodations, as well as a variety of sightseeing and historic points of interest to keep visitors busy.
Blessed with towering mountains, vast open plains, and long stretches of rich coastline, Tsuruoka City is a rural farming city in the vast open plains of the Shonai Region. This is region has an absolute treasure trove of hidden gems to explore.
The historic port city of Sakata was once a major port city that serviced domestic trade with the rest of Japan during the Edo Period. During this time, the richest family of all of Japan called Sakata home and the streets of downtown Sakata were lined with merchant homes and a bustling entertainment district that remain to this day.
Resting at the base of Mt. Zao right next to Yamagata City is the quite hot spring city of Kaminoyama whose healing waters have made it a major tourist destination from the Edo Period.