- Ginzan (Silver Mountain) Onsen got its name from the Nobesawa Silver Mine from the early Edo Period. The multistoried wooden Western-style ryokans built from the late Taisho Period to the early Showa Period line both sides of the Ginzan River and have a unique antique feel to them.
Ginzanshinhata, Obanazawa, Yamagata Prefecture
Yamadera Snow Landscape
- Temple made famous by Matsuo Basho's poem "The calmness of the cicada's cry soaking into rocks". It's about a 25-40 min walk from the base to the inner sanctuary. Visiting the mountain temple and then staying at the Tendo Onsen is an important tourist route.
4456-1 Yamadera, Yamagata Prefecture
Zao Rimed Trees
- The snow-rimed trees of Zao are created when the snow in this mountainous ecosystem blankets the coniferous Maries' fir trees. This happens when the snow clouds (supercooled water drops) collide with the branches and needles and forms icy shapes and then snow fills up the space between them and then hardens. This is the natural phenomenon that produces the unique scene.
Zao Onsen, Yamagata City, Yamagata Prefecture
- 200 years ago, the premier direct waterfall in Yamagata Prefecture, which discovered and named by Kobo Daishi. It is surrounded by cedar trees and full of negative ions. In the severe cold season, it will become an ice fall.
Masuda, Sakata 999-8201, Yamagata Prefecture
Tokura Lake (Swan watching)
- The swan in Tokura Lake (Okuzawa City) is a kind of giant Anatidea. It has 53~60cm long wings and they come to Japan during the winter season.
Obanazawa, Yamagata Prefecture