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Introducing Yamagata

Yamagata is a thriving industrial centre with a sizeable student population, making for a more youthful vibe than in comparable inaka (rural) cities. While it's a bit short on sights, Yamagata is an excellent base for day trips to Yamadera and Yonezawa, and also serves as a transit point for Zaō Onsen and Ginzan Onsen.