Surrounding Areas Of Yamagata
Surrounding Areas Of Yamagata:Overview & History
Yamagata's name is said to have originated from the town name of "Yamagata," written in a set of different Chinese characters. The characters mean "near the mountains," and the name has been used since the Middle Ages. The area abounds with natural beauty and scenic views including Zao, one of Japan's 100 Most Famous Mountains. Zao is home to the "Juhyo," or "ice monsters," that form in winter under Zao's unique weather conditions, and is the only place you can see them.
Surrounding Areas Of Yamagata:Area Introduction
Rich in natural beauty, this region is home to six of what are hailed as Japan's 100 Most Famous Mountains. The breathtaking views created by the mountains and changing by season are a must-see. Ginzan Onsen, famous for being the site of the legendary TV series "Oshin," features a nostalgic setting reminiscent of the Taisho Period.
Surrounding Areas Of Yamagata:Must-See Events
From August 24 to 26 The Shinjo Festival
Continuing a tradition lasting more than 260 years, the Shinjo Festival attracts around half a million visitors to a town of about 40,000. The highlight of this festival is the parade of 20 festival floats with musical accompaniment. Many visitors also fly in from abroad to witness this festival, registered as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage, with their own eyes.
Surrounding Areas Of Yamagata:Access
Access from Tokyo Station to YAMAGATA
From Tokyo Station: Take the Yamagata Shinkansen bound for Yamagata for 176 min., and get off at Yamagata Station.
Access from Sendai Station to YAMAGATA
From Sendai Station: Take the Senzan Line bound for Yamagata for 71 min., and get off at Yamagata Station.
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Surrounding Areas Of Yamagata Hot Springs (Onsen) & Bath Houses (Sento) Must-See