The rustic charm of Yamagata includes Mt. Zao, one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in all of Japan. With many hot spring resorts, including Zao-Onsen and Ginzan Onsen, Yamagata is an ideal retreat for rest and relaxation. Not just boasting hot springs, Yamagata is also one of the best winter sports resorts in Japan with a unique natural phenomenon known as “ice trees” or “Snow Monsters.” Yamadera, literally translated as “mountain temple”, is yet another outstanding example of the beautiful mountains in Yamagata; one of Japan’s 100 Soundscapes, the sound of Yamadera’s cicadas have been forever memorialized in a haiku by Matsuo Basho.
Nestled at the foot of the Zao Mountain Range by spectacular spring waters, this onsen resort was founded about 1,900 years ago.
A scenic temple located in the mountains of Yamagata, and standing on a steep mountain slope, Yamadera was founded in 860 by the Tendai sect of Buddhism.
This famed winter sports haven is known as a Winter Wonderland, but during the spring, becomes lush and perfect for camping and hiking.
The “Silver Mountain Hot Spring” is off the beaten path in Yamagata. This hidden gem is not just one of the most beautiful onsen towns in Japan, but has many historic ryokans.