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Tendo City’s Ningen Shogi (Human Chess) and Sakura Festival

A grand battle of human-sized Japanese chess under 2,000 cherry blossoms — a unique event to see while traveling in northern Japan.

The Mummy at Churen-ji Temple

What do The Beatles and a mummy have in common? You can find them both at this Yamagata Temple.

Ginzan Onsen

Mountain onsen village for luxury lovers or budget backpackers.

mount gassan

Tsuruoka

Whatever way the jellyfish go...

Okama

Sittin' pretty on the borders of Yamagata and Miyagi.

Higashizawa Rose Park

The beauty of 20,000 roses — best in summer and fall!