Welcome to Yamagata

Yamagata (山形) is a bustling inaka (rural) capital that makes a comfortable base for exploring the mountain trails around Yamadera and as a stopover en route to Zaō Onsen and Ginzan Onsen, tucked away in the surrounding countryside. When night falls, there is plenty of action to be found in the entertainment district near the train station. Hirashimizu is a respectable pottery district nearby

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$331.03 Luxury & Special Occasions

Overnight Stay at Takinoyu Ryokan in an Annex Special Room with Onsen and Meals

The ryokan's 89 rooms are divided into four buildings -- "Tokunohana (Splendor of Seasons)," "Shikitei (Four Seasons Pavilion)," "Bekkan (Annex) Guest Rooms," and "Honkan (Main) Guest Rooms" -- for a combined 16 different room layouts. The Tokunohana rooms are in Japanese-Western style. Almost all rooms in Tokunohana feature an open-air rotenburo onsen (outdoor hot springs) with a traditional Japanese tatami room and a Western-style bedroom. The "Beni no yu" (Red Bath) for ladies and the "Ran no yu" (Blue Bath) for men are large public bath areas for the relaxation of guests. The baths' spring water is of such high quality, it is known as "Bijin no yu (Beauty's Bath)" (hot spring water that makes the skin soft and smooth). Enjoy a complimentary glass of beer (or soft drink) after a soak in the hot spring.One reason for Takinoyu's popularity is the food it serves. Dinner consists of Yamagata's local dish (Imoni) and its all-you-can-eat supply of free organic vegetables grown right at the ryokan. The main dish for dinner is locally-raised Yonezawa beef, a popular breed of Japanese wagyu beef. At the "Kurazen" restaurant, guests can enjoy a relaxing meal with a significant other with views overlooking an exquisite traditional Japanese garden. Breakfast is served in buffet style.Another reason for Takinoyu's popularity is its variety of complimentary benefits. There is a space where guests can make "onsen tamago"(hot spring eggs), where eggs are slow-boiled by the hot spring water. This booking includes a one-night stay in Annex Special room with an open-air onsen with breakfast and dinner.

$275.86 Luxury & Special Occasions

Overnight Stay at Takinoyu Ryokan in an Annex Special Tatami Room with Onsen and Meals

The ryokan's 89 rooms are divided into four buildings -- "Tokinohana (Splendor of Seasons)," "Shikitei (Four Seasons Pavilion)," "Bekkan (Annex) Guest Rooms," and "Honkan (Main) Guest Rooms" -- for a combined 16 different room layouts. The Tokinohana rooms are in Japanese-Western style. The "Beni no yu" (Red Bath) for ladies and the "Ran no yu" (Blue Bath) for men are large public bath areas for the relaxation of guests. The baths' spring water is of such high quality, it is known as "Bijin no yu (Beauty's Bath)" (hot spring water that makes the skin soft and smooth). Enjoy a complimentary glass of beer (or soft drink) after a soak in the hot spring.One reason for Takinoyu's popularity is the food it serves. Dinner consists of Yamagata's local dish (Imoni) and its all-you-can-eat supply of free organic vegetables grown right at the ryokan. The main dish for dinner is locally-raised Yamagata beef, a popular breed of Japanese wagyu beef. At the "Kurazen" restaurant, guests can enjoy a relaxing meal with a significant other with views overlooking an exquisite traditional Japanese garden. Breakfast is served in buffet style.Another reason for Takinoyu's popularity is its variety of complimentary benefits. There is a space where guests can make "onsen tamago"(hot spring eggs), where eggs are slow-boiled by the hot spring water. This booking includes a one-night stay in Annex room with a tatami room and twin beds with breakfast and dinner.

$165.52 Luxury & Special Occasions

Overnight Stay at Takinoyu Ryokan in a Main Standard Tatami room with Onsen and Meals

The ryokan's 89 rooms are divided into four buildings -- "Tokinohana (Splendor of Seasons)," "Shikitei (Four Seasons Pavilion)," "Bekkan (Annex) Guest Rooms," and "Honkan (Main) Guest Rooms" -- for a combined 16 different room layouts. The Tokinohana rooms are in Japanese-Western style. The "Beni no yu" (Red Bath) for ladies and the "Ran no yu" (Blue Bath) for men are large public bath areas for the relaxation of guests. The baths' spring water is of such high quality, it is known as "Bijin no yu (Beauty's Bath)" (hot spring water that makes the skin soft and smooth). Enjoy a complimentary glass of beer (or soft drink) after a soak in the hot spring.One reason for Takinoyu's popularity is the food it serves. Dinner consists of Yamagata's local dish (Imoni) and its all-you-can-eat supply of free organic vegetables grown right at the ryokan. The main dish for dinner is locally-raised Yamagata beef, a popular breed of Japanese wagyu beef. At the "Kurazen" restaurant, guests can enjoy a relaxing meal with a significant other with views overlooking an exquisite traditional Japanese garden. Breakfast is served in buffet style.Another reason for Takinoyu's popularity is its variety of complimentary benefits. There is a space where guests can make "onsen tamago"(hot spring eggs), where eggs are slow-boiled by the hot spring water. This booking includes a one-night stay in the main tower with a tatami anteroom with breakfast and dinner included.