11 days in Yamagata Prefecture Itinerary

11 days in Yamagata Prefecture Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Yamagata Prefecture holiday planner

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Make it your trip
Fly to Niigata Airport, Drive to Tsuruoka
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Tsuruoka
— 5 nights
Drive
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Yamagata
— 4 nights
Drive to Sendai Airport, Fly to Los Angeles

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Tsuruoka

— 5 nights
Tsuruoka, famous for its scenic surroundings, attracts tourists due to its proximity to the Dewa Sanzan, sacred mountains revered by the Shugendo religion.
Venture out of the city with trips to Sakata (Sanno Club, Sakata Yumenokura, &more) and Mt. Gassan (in Shonai-machi). There's lots more to do: meet the residents at Tsuruoka City Kamo Aquarium, contemplate the long history of Hagurosan Five-Story Pagoda, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenpoji, and take in the dramatic natural features at Midagahara Wetlands.

To see photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Tsuruoka online day trip planner.

Los Angeles, USA to Tsuruoka is an approximately 23-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 17 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Tsuruoka can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Yamagata.

Things to do in Tsuruoka

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Yamagata

— 4 nights
The town of Yamagata and its surrounding prefecture have a wealth of attractions, both man-made and natural.
Change things up with these side-trips from Yamagata: Yonezawa (Keishoden, Uesugi Jinja Shrine, &more), Higashine (Yotteke Popora & Asobia Land) and Kaminoyama Castle (in Kaminoyama). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Risshaku-ji Temple, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, don't miss a visit to Kajo Central, and explore the historical opulence of Yamagata castle.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Yamagata holiday planning tool.

Getting from Tsuruoka to Yamagata by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. July in Yamagata sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 72°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yamagata

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Yamagata Prefecture travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Sites · Landmarks
Yamagata Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Tōhoku region on Honshu island. Its capital is Yamagata.HistoryThe aboriginal Ezo people once inhabited the area now known as Yamagata. Yamagata and Akita Prefecture were known as Dewa Province until the Meiji Restoration.During the Heian Period (794–1185), the family ruled the area. Yamagata City flourished during the Edo Period (1603–1867) due to its status as a castle town and post station, famous for beni (red safflower dye used in the production of handspun silk). In 1689, the famous haiku poet, Matsuo Bashō visited Yamagata during his five-month trip to the northern regions of Japan.GeographyYamagata Prefecture is located in the southwest corner of Tōhoku, facing the Sea of Japan. It borders Niigata Prefecture and Fukushima Prefecture on the south, Miyagi Prefecture on the east, and Akita Prefecture on the north. All of these boundaries are marked by mountains, with most of the population residing in a limited central plain.

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