3 days in Yamagata Prefecture Itinerary

3 days in Yamagata Prefecture Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Yamagata Prefecture trip planner

Make it your trip
— 1 night
— 1 night



— 1 night
Tsuruoka, famous for its scenic surroundings, attracts tourists due to its proximity to the Dewa Sanzan, sacred mountains revered by the Shugendo religion.
Mt. Haguro has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hachiko Shrine, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Haguro, then steep yourself in history at Mt.Haguro- Dewasanzan Sanjin Gosaiden, then take in the pleasant sights at Ichi no Saka, and finally steep yourself in history at Hagurosan Five-Story Pagoda. On the 12th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Tsuruoka City Kamo Aquarium, explore the world behind art at Ken Domon Museum of Photography, then explore the world behind art at Honma Art Museum Garden, then make a trip to Sankyo Soko Storehouse, and finally walk around Hiyoriyama Park.

Find out how to plan Tsuruoka trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Tokyo to Tsuruoka is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Tokyo in February; daily highs in Tsuruoka reach 4°C and lows reach 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can drive to Yamagata.

Things to do in Tsuruoka

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip


— 1 night
The town of Yamagata and its surrounding prefecture have a wealth of attractions, both man-made and natural.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Bunshokan, test the waters at a local thermal spa, then hit the slopes at Yamagata Zao Onsen Ski Resort, then make a trip to Frost Covered Trees of Zao, and finally take an in-depth tour of Museum of History and Culture Warabe No Sato.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Yamagata trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Tsuruoka to Yamagata takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In February in Yamagata, expect temperatures between 2°C during the day and -3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Yamagata

Winter Sports · Museums · Parks · Spas

Yamagata Prefecture travel guide

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.