Yamagata City and Prefecture travel guide

The city of Yamagata, capital of the eponymous Yamagata Prefecture, is one of Japan’s premier winter destinations. Surrounded by snowy mountains and natural beauty, Yamagata city is the perfect base to visit the ski slopes, hot springs, national parks, and historic monuments that fill the region.

Located in the north of Honshu (the largest of the islands that make up Japan), Yamagata forms part of the Tōhoku region. It is known for being a hub of winter sports centered around Mount Zao. It is also home to one of the National Treasures of Japan: the Five-storey Gojuto Pagoda of Mount Haguro.

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10-year anniversary of the 2011 Fukushima earthquake and tsunami

On March 11th, 2011, an earthquake and tsunami hit the shores of Tohoku northern Japan and caused huge amounts of damage across vast swathes of land, destroyed towns and villages, and triggered the Fukushima nuclear plant accident

In the following years, the Japanese government has commemorated the victims of the disaster with a memorial event on the anniversary of the disaster. This will be no different in 2021 to mark the 10-year anniversary of the Fukushima tsunami, although the memorial will take place at a reduced scale to follow coronavirus restrictions in place in Japan.

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Japan Virtual Travel: Enjoy Japan while stuck at home

If you’ve had to postpone your next trip to Japan due to the coronavirus pandemic and are stuck at home during your vacations, rest assured that you can still enjoy virtual travel to Japan without stepping outside.

Using a range of virtual resources, you can now get plenty of travel ideas and experience some of Japan’s most exciting attractions online, which can help you plan your trip and decide what you want to see in person.

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2021 cherry blossom forecast for Japan

The Japanese cherry blossom, or sakura, has long been adored by people across the globe. It is regarded as a symbol of renewal, vitality, and beauty. During the spring season of each year, thousands travel to Japan to view the wondrous spectacle of these white or pink flowers blooming en masse.

Update (April 9, 2021): The forecasts for 2021 predict a cherry blossom earlier than in recent years in all regions of Japan. Check the updated dates in our table.

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