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Yonezawa City Area

Yonezawa City is located in the Southernmost portion of Yamagata Prefecture, between Yamagata and Fukushima Prefecture. It takes approximately 30 minutes to reach Yonezawa on the Yamagata Shinkansen. In Yonezawa City, you can enjoy the grandeur of the four seasons in beautiful natural scenery, surrounded by picturesque mountains to the South, East, and West. Yonezawa is also blessed to be the home of many hot springs (onsen) including the Shirabu Hot Springs and the Onogawa Hot Springs, which are the two most well known of the Yonezawa Hatto, a district made up of eight different hot springs. Yonezawa’s rich cultural and historical lineage as a town built around the feudal castle of the Uesugi family is still alive today. As a result of this heritage, arts and crafts unique to the region such as Sasano Ittobori wood carvings and a variety of woven goods can be found in this area. Also, don’t miss a chance to taste some delicious Yonezawa Beef or Yonezawa Carp, which are famous throughout all of Japan.

Uesugi Shrine

This shrine is devoted to Uesugi Kenshin, a famous commander during the Period of Warring States (1493-1573). The moat is lined with approximately 200 sakura trees that bloom beautifully in the spring, and a winter snow lantern festival is held in February. This is without a doubt the most important sight seeing location in Yonezawa.

Uesugi Shrine
  • Access: Take the blue, municipal shuttle bus on a clockwise (migimawari) route for approximately 10 minutes to the Uesugi Shrine (Uesugi Jinjya) stop.

  • Uesugi Shrine Access Map
    上杉神社経路図
  • For more information, contact the Yonezawa Tourism and Products Association (Japanese)
    Address: 992-0052 Yamagata-ken, Yonezawa-shi, Marunouchi 1-3-60
    Phone: +81-238-21-6226   Fax: +81-238-22-9608
    Yonezawa Tourism and Products Association Web Site (Japanese)
Sasano Ittobori Wood Carving

Sasano Ittobori Wood Carving

Yonezawa Uesugi Festival

Yonezawa Uesugi Festival

Yonezawa Beef Cooking

Yonezawa Beef Cooking

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[For More Information Contact]
(Japanese and English)
The Yamagata Tourism Information Center
Yamagata Prefecture, Yamagata City, Jonanmachi, 1-1-1, Kajo Central
Phone +81-23-647-2333   Fax +81-23-646-6333   E-mail info@yamagatakanko.com