Top 10 things to do in Yamagata

  1. Zao Fox Village

    11-3 Kawarago, Fukuokayatsumiya, Shiroishi-ku, Miyagi-gun, Miyagi, 989-0733, Japan
    Get up close and personal with over 100 adorable foxes at Zao Fox Village. You can feed them, pet them, and even hold them!
  2. Yamadera Temple

    4456-1 Yamadera, Yamagata, 999-3301, Japan
    Climb up 1,015 stone steps to reach this beautiful temple nestled in the mountains. The view from the top is breathtaking.
  3. Kajo Park

    1-1 Jonanmachi, Yamagata, 990-0045, Japan
    Relax in this spacious park that is home to a castle, a lake, and a variety of seasonal flowers.
  4. Bunshokan

    1-1-1 Kasumicho, Yamagata, 990-0039, Japan
    Learn about Yamagata's history and culture at this museum that features exhibits on traditional crafts, samurai culture, and more.
  5. Zao Onsen Ski Resort

    935-1 Zao Onsen, Yamagata, 990-2301, Japan
    Hit the slopes at one of Japan's best ski resorts. With over 40 courses and a variety of activities, there's something for everyone.
  6. Kaminoyama Castle

    1-3-1 Marunouchi, Kaminoyama, Yamagata, 999-3112, Japan
    Explore this well-preserved castle that dates back to the Edo period. The view from the top is worth the climb!
  7. Zao Ropeway

    1-27-1 Zao Onsen, Yamagata, 990-2301, Japan
    Ride the cable car up to the top of Mount Zao for a stunning view of the surrounding landscape. In the winter, you can also go snowshoeing or sledding.
  8. Yamagata Museum of Art

    1-3-30 Jonanmachi, Yamagata, 990-0045, Japan
    Admire the works of local and international artists at this modern art museum. The building itself is a work of art, with a unique angular design.
  9. Yamagata Hanagasa Festival

    1-1-1 Kasumicho, Yamagata, 990-0039, Japan
    Join the locals in this lively summer festival that features colorful parades, traditional music, and lots of dancing.
  10. Ginzan Onsen

    Ginzanshinhata, Obanazawa, Yamagata, 999-4333, Japan
    Relax in a hot spring bath surrounded by the picturesque scenery of Ginzan Onsen. The town itself looks like it's straight out of a fairy tale!