Introducing Yamagata Prefecture
Yamagata-ken is often overlooked, yet has some beautiful gems that – time permitting – should not be overlooked. At the top of the list is tiny Zaō Onsen, famed for its atmospheric rotenburo and, more recently, its ski slopes. Yamadera offers temple buffs some spectacular photo opportunities, while Dewa Sanzan’s peaks are revered by yamabushi (mountain monks) and hikers. Quieter places like Tobi-shima, Mogami-kyō and Tendō have charm all of their own. Like its neighbour Akita, Yamagata also claims to be an onsen capital. Sample all 100 and perhaps you’ll be able to make the call for yourself.