Yamagata

This northern city is known for its spring cherry blossoms, and plays host to a variety of annual seasonal festivals.

Yamagata is the capital city of Yamagata Prefecture located in the Tohoku region of northern Japan. Yamagata is located in mountainous southeast Yamagata Prefecture. The Mogami River passes through the city, which includes Mount Zao within its borders. The Hanagasa festival is one of Tohoku's major summer festivals. Yamagata also hosts the bi-annual Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival. An autumn tradition is Imoni-kai (taro potato party). Taro potatoes, thin-sliced meat, and vegetables are cooked in a large pot at picnic spots. Other attractions include the Yama-dera temple, Kajo Park, and multiple museums.
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