18 days in Yamagata Prefecture Itinerary

18 days in Yamagata Prefecture Itinerary

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Fly to Sendai Airport, Drive to Yamagata
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Yamagata
— 7 nights
Drive
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Shinjo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tsuruoka
— 6 nights
Drive to Niigata Airport, Fly to Los Angeles

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Yamagata

— 7 nights
The town of Yamagata and its surrounding prefecture have a wealth of attractions, both man-made and natural.
Get out of town with these interesting Yamagata side-trips: Tendo (Tendo Park (Mt. Maizuru) & Tendo City Shogi Museum), Yonezawa (Shokon Monument, Uesugi Hakushakutei, &more) and Sagae (Jionji Temple, Michi-no-Eki Sagae Cherry Land, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Risshaku-ji Temple, fly down the slopes at Yamagata Zao Onsen Ski Resort, admire the landmark architecture of Bunshokan, and test the waters at a local thermal spa.

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Los Angeles, USA to Yamagata is an approximately 23.5-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Los Angeles to Yamagata, you'll lose 17 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Yamagata, with lows around 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can drive to Shinjo.

Things to do in Yamagata

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Shinjo

— 3 nights
Shinjō is a city in Yamagata Prefecture, Japan.As of October 2016, the city had an estimated population of 36,481 and a population density of 160 persons per km². You'll find plenty of places to visit near Shinjo: Gassan Shrine (in Shonai-machi), Onsen Resorts (in Okura-mura) and Obanazawa (Ginzan Onsen, Ginzan Yuhodo, &more). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Sakaida Bunsuirei, don't miss a visit to Tall Cedar Tree in Kosugi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sennindo - Sotokawa Shrine, and steep yourself in history at House of Hojin.

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Getting from Yamagata to Shinjo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in July, and nighttime lows around 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive to Tsuruoka.

Things to do in Shinjo

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Baths

Side Trips

Tsuruoka

— 6 nights
Tsuruoka, famous for its scenic surroundings, attracts tourists due to its proximity to the Dewa Sanzan, sacred mountains revered by the Shugendo religion.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tsuruoka: Mt. Gassan (in Shonai-machi) and Sakata (Kaian-ji Temple, Ken Domon Museum of Photography, &more). There's still lots to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Tsuruoka City Kamo Aquarium, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Churenji Temple, contemplate the long history of Hagurosan Five-Story Pagoda, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Haguro.

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You can drive from Shinjo to Tsuruoka in 1.5 hours. In July in Tsuruoka, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 71°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tsuruoka

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

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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