As the capital of Yamagata Prefecture, Yamagata City serves a central hub to this region that you will likely pass through during travels here. Its direct bullet train access from Tokyo via the Yamagata Shinkansen and transportation lines that connect it to the rest of the prefecture make for an excellent location to begin your journey in Yamagata.
Many of Yamagata’s top sightseeing locations like Mt. Zao, Yamadera, and Hirashimizu are all located within close proximity to Yamagata City. At night the downtown area of this city comes alive with a plethora of excellent bars, izakaya, and restaurants that feature the best that this prefecture has to offer.
See below for a list of experiences that we have gathered in and around the Yamagata City area.