An Important Notice Regarding the Coronavirus Crisis

Due to the risks and uncertainty regarding this developing situation, many restaurants and venues across Yamagata have temporary closed.  Due to this many of our experiences are not able to be reserved and we will be not be accepting reservations at this time.  Please check back soon for updates.

We are sorry for any inconveniences and please stay safe.

新型コロナウイルスの感染拡大の影響により、山形県内の体験コンテンツの受付は全て休止しております。ご理解いただきますようよろしくお願いします。

Tour and Experiences Across Yamagata Prefecture

Yamagata Prefecture is a region nestled within the mountains of Northern Japan rich in hidden gems to discover. From its UNESCO recognized culinary heritage, plethora of pristine spiritual destinations, and lively local night scenes; there is no shortage of adventure and discovery to be had in this beautiful region.

Tour Yamagata aims to bring together the various experiences  available across this prefecture on one single site.  Currently we feature experiences and tour programs from Tsuruoka City, Sakata City, Tendo City, and Yamagata City.

These experiences are made in partnership with the locals of Yamagata and are run by local guides who live across Yamagata Prefecture.

Check back often as we will be regularly updating this site with new activities.

Shonai Sake Tasting

Enjoy a flight of some of the finest sake in the Shonai Region at Ayatsuru, a local bar located right next to Tsuruoka Station. The sake master of this bar

Morning Hiking on Mt. Haguro

Hike up the 2,446 stone steps of Mt. Haguro that winds through its ancient cedar forest to the Dewa Sanzan Shrine and try shojin ryori at a shrine in the

Sushi workshop

In this introductory-intermediate sushi class, you will learn how to make beautiful and delicious nigiri and rolled sushi with seasoned chefs at The Kamo Aquarium in Tsuruoka City. You will have the chance

Sake Tasting at La Jomon  

Enjoy a flight of sake from Yamagata Prefecture curated by Taro Kumagai, one of the Tohoku Region’s most famous sommeliers.  This tasting session takes place in his personal sake shop

Pottery Class at Shichiemongama

Take part in a pottery workshop in the artisan hamlet of Hirashimizu just outside of Yamagata City.  Yamagata’s earthenware pottery is part of centuries of tradition born from the iron-rich

Yamagata City Izakaya Course

Enjoy a special 2 hour dinner and drinking course right in the heart of downtown Yamagata City. This course includes all you can drink sake, umeshu, and various mixed drinks.

Shogi Chess Piece Painting Experience

Make your own shogi chess piece in Tendo City!  You can paint a character of your choice and take it

Tendo Snack Bar Tour

Drop into one of Tendo City’s famous snack bars for a night of drinks and karaoke.  You can also enjoy

Yamagata Beef Tempura and Sukiyaki Tasting

Enjoy Yamagata’s famous beef in this special tasting course that includes beef tempura and sukiyaki!  This tasting session includes a

Popular Experiences

Shonai Sake Tasting

Enjoy a flight of some of the finest sake in the Shonai Region at Ayatsuru, a local bar located right next to Tsuruoka Station. The sake master of this bar

Downtown Yamagata Bar Hopping

Yamagata is an excellent place to discover Japan’s scenic beauty and ancient culture, but your adventure doesn’t have to end at sundown. The prefecture’s capital is also a hub for

Yamagata Wagyu BBQ

As one of the top 6 wagyu regions of Japan, Yamagata boasts some of the most buttery smooth and absolutely delicious wagyu in all of Japan.

Tendo Snack Bar Tour

Drop into one of Tendo City’s famous snack bars for a night of drinks and karaoke.  You can also enjoy a selection of Japanese sake recommended by the female bar

Access to Yamagata

For information on how to reach Yamagata Prefecture, please see the following article here.

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