Yamagata

Kozen-ji and Gassan


There are many other historic places to visit in and near Yamagata city.

Beautiful Kozen-ji:



Tranquil Momoji koen:
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Or contemplate on Komahime's fate at Sensho-ji:
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Komahime, Mogami Yoshiaki's beloved daughter, went to Kyoto as a concubine for Toyotomi Hideyoshi's son Hidetsugu; it was said that she was the most beautiful woman in eastern Japan. However, after only three days in Kyoto she became involved in a family quarrel and without ever once seeing Yoshitsugu's face, was executed on the banks of the Kamo River. She is said to have been fourteen years old. Sensho-ji was built by her bereaved father Yoshiaki in order to pray for her soul.

In the large main building reconstructed in 1701 is a dais with gold-leafed railings; the railings in front are carved in deep relief, depicting music-playing goddesses and dragons, with a vivid use of color. The enormous roof of the temple is especially impressive.

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There is one place in Japan where you can only ski in the ........ summer because it is inaccessible in the winter.
Too much snow.
That place is Gassan in Yamagata


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Skiing season starts in April, peaks in May, June and ends in July.


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If you do not ski visit Gassan with your children and they will have a fantastic time playing in the summer-snow.


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To reach Gassan, take the Yamagata shinkansen and the kosoku bus from Yamagata station to Gassanguchi ( 60 min).


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On the way back do not miss visiting Gassan Shizu hot sprig:


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From Yamagata station you can also get an unforgettable experience visiting Zao dai rotenburo (30 min. by bus):


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or the 800 years old Akayu onsen:


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