Yamagata City is a lush, green, picturesque castle town which has developed in the fan shaped basin of the Mamigasaki River with views of Mount Zao to the east and the Asahi Mountain Range to the west.
At present it has a population of over 250,000 people, covers an area of 382 square kilometers and is the hub of Yamagata Prefectures economic and cultural activity.
Mount Zaos nationally renowned ski resort and juhyosnow monsters (beautiful and unusually shaped ice covered trees) and the Tohoku Regions holy mountain, Yamadera, are both showcase tourist spots of Yamagata City and as such are well visited by numerous tourists each year.
Through the year the typical inland weather with its extremes of hot and cold, gives the four seasons their own distinct beauty and the area its rich harvest.
Each season has its own associated event; in spring the Plant Market, in summer the Hanagasa (flower hat dance) Festival, in fall the famous Imonikai (potato and beef stew picnic) and in winter the Juhyo Festival which gives Yamagata much traditional appeal and charm.
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