The Shonai region of Yamagata Prefecture is a land of beautiful nature, where ancient beliefs are alive and well, and the quality of life is high.
Here, visitors fully enjoy nature whatever the season, with many local vegetables and delicious fruits, and rice which is highly regarded across Japan. The view of the rice fields of the Shonai plain is worth the trip here alone.
The Mountains of Dewa are a marvel of the region that have been drawing worshippers since ancient times, eventually giving birth to Yamabushi Shugendo, a form of mountain asceticism.
Meanwhile, along Shonai's coast visitors can find the unique Kamo Aquarium dedicated to jellyfish.
Make the city of Tsuruoka your base and enjoy the charms of this region.