Enjoy Yamagata's major tourist destinations,
"Zao, Dewa Sanzan, Ginzan Onsen, Yamadera, and so on",
and their abundant attractions displayed in the movie.
Extended stay in Yamagata allows you to experience
a laid-back lifestyle, local cuisine, and genuine and friendly locals.
Come and experience Yamagata yourself!
Mt. Zao is a mountain range on the prefectural border between Yamagata and Miyagi, and is one of Japan's leading winter sports resorts, attracting many skiers and snowboarders.
The hot spring resorts at the foot of Mt. Zao feature three communal bathhouses, three footbaths, and five hot spring facilities for both overnight visitors and day-trippers to enjoy.
From the ropeway, which runs from the base to the top of the mountain, you can enjoy different seasonal views: a variety of flowers in spring, fresh verdure in summer, crimson foliage in fall, and "Snow Monster" in winter, world's rarest natural phenomenon, can only be seen under specific weather and environment conditions.
Yamagagta is a land where the spiritual culture based on mountain-worship has been rooted since long ago.
Haguro Shugendo was born among magnificent nature of Dewa Sanzan (Three Mountains of Dewa) located in the center of Yamagata. Each of three mountains is considered to represent present (Mt.Haguro), past (Mt.Gassan) and future (Mt.Yudono). Pilgrimage to these three sacred mountains became popular across the country during Edo period as a journey of rebirth.
This traditional Japanese practice has been supported by local people and the connection between nature and religious faith has been passed down to this day.
The hot spring resort is filled with the nostalgic feel of "Taisho Romanticism" - As gas lamps are lit in the twilight, a dreamy scene spreads out before your eyes. Each inn offers a quaint ambiance, and soon you'll find yourself lost in another era. This beautiful area offers a variety of never-ending fun attractions, including communal baths, footbaths, gourmet cuisine such as buckwheat noodles and Yamagata beef, shopping, and dressing in kimonos.
Risshaku-ji Temple was founded by Jikaku Daishi, also known as Ennin, a priest of the Tendai sect, about 1,100 years ago. The temple is commonly known as "Yamadera", or Mountain Temple. As you climb the 1,015 stone steps to the summit, you can discover a stone monument halfway up, inscribed with a haiku by Japan's famous haiku poet, Basho. This stone monument is surrounded by an air of reverence. The views from Godaido Hall at the top are breathtaking, and make the journey up the steps worth it.