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Trip Planner Asia  /  Japan  /  Tohoku  /  Yamagata Prefecture  /  Yamagata
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Things to do: religious sites, sightseeing, winter sports
The town of Yamagata and its surrounding prefecture have a wealth of attractions, both man-made and natural. Known for its cherry production, the agricultural fields surrounding the town lead out into a rugged landscape of hills, ravines, and rivers, with ancient temples dotting the land here and there, enjoying privileged viewpoints across the changing terrain. The rural city has a notably large student population, making the atmosphere a little more modern and cutting-edge than in comparably remote cities. Trips to hot spring resorts have become a major part of many Yamagata holidays. Add Yamagata and other destinations in Japan to your travel itinerary using our Japan itinerary builder.
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Where to stay in Yamagata

Stay in the city center of Yamagata for the leading hotels serving the prefecture. Close to the main train station and all the restaurants, bars, and clubs of the city, the hotels rarely stray too far from this central area. You'll find both basic and luxury options, as well as some guesthouses on side streets. Many visitors opt to stay at one of the hot spring resorts in the surrounding areas, including Zao Onsen and Ginzan Onsen, where you'll find guesthouses with onsite traditional spas that use the water from the hot springs.
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