Yamagata Prefecture beckons visitors with its lush mountains, picturesque valleys, and revitalizing atmosphere. Explore the breathtaking landscapes of the Zao Mountain Range, offering year-round outdoor activities such as hiking, skiing, and snowboarding. Bask in the rejuvenating waters of the region's hot springs, including Zao Onsen, Kaminoyama Onsen, and Ginzan Onsen, with the latter known for its charming, historical atmosphere. Yamagata City provides comfortable accommodations and a range of excellent dining options, featuring local specialties like Yonezawa beef and cherries. Discover the area's cultural heritage at the Yamadera Temple, perched on a mountainside, and experience the Hanagasa Festival, an annual event showcasing traditional dance performances and vibrant floral decorations. Yamagata Prefecture is a must-visit destination for any Japan bucket list.
Valid rail and bus passes:
Yamagata prefecture has a multitude of railway and bus passes that make it easier to get around.
Check out our listings below for passes that are valid within Yamagata prefecture.
The nearest and most convenient airport in the prefecture is Yamagata Airport.