Yamagata prefecture is located in the Tohoku region.
It is facing Sea of Japan and mountainous region. One of the most heavier snow area in Japan. You can enjoy winter sports.
There are many temples with lodge(yamadera). You can stay there and feel mysterious atmosphere.
A local products is rice , some kinds of fruits ,specially cherry.
In summer one of the famous festival Hanagasa matsuri is held. thousands of people with kimono perform the hanagasa dance.
The people who practise on Dewa Sanzan are called 'yamabushi', and they are probably the most rigorous and stoic people in the history of Japan. They are no strangers to physical and mental endurance, as they undertake long pilgrimages under harsh natural circumstances, train under ice-cold waterfalls and extended fasting.
Yamadera: a Hidden Gem in the Mountains
Yamadera is a temple located in the mountainous northeastern part of Yamagata City and it is one of the prominent temples in the Tohoku region. It was founded over a thousand years ago as a branch temple of the Enryaku-ji of Kyoto, as a branch temple for the Tendai school of Buddhism.
Yamagata City is a centrally located town within a short distance of famous sightseeing areas like Mt. Zao with its onsen, hiking spots, and winter sports area and Yamadera.