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Famous Places in Yonezawa

Uesugi Castle Ruin

Uesugi Castle ruin is the ruins of Yonezawa Castle (also called Matsugasaki or Maizuru Castle), which was constructed by Tokihiro Nagai in 1238. Now a part of the keep and the outer keep of the castle is with a park and there are also Uesugi Shrine, Keishoden (Houmotuden), statues of Kenshin Uesugi and Yozan Uesugi in the park.

About 10 minutes walk or about 3 minutes by taxi from our hotel (Taxi fare: about 710 yen)

Uesugi Shrine

Uesugi Shrine was built to honor Kenshin Uesugi, the fouder of Yonezawa domain. Every year 1.8 million people visit this shrine. In the grounds of shrine, there is a stone monument and "Uesugi family precept 16-point" is engraved on it.

About 10 minutes walk or about 5 minutes by taxi from our hotel (Taxi fare: about 710 yen)

Miyasaka Kouko-kan

More than 700 tangible cultural assets, primarily composed of items about Yonezawa clan, are collected and also on exhibit, including dozens of high-calibre arquebus hackbut that it was feared by as a "Uesuhi's Raitou", 56 armors dressed by Kenshin Uesugi and Toshimasu Maeda, etc., 67 swords and other artworks, and Edo scenes folding screens' books, etc.

About 15 minutes walk or about5 minutes by taxi from our hotel (Taxi fare: about 710 yen)

Yonezawa City Uesugi Museum

Yonezawa City Uesugi Museum has an in-house collection of thousands of precious articles or national treasures associated with Uesugi clan. There are two kinds of exhibition room; regular exhibition room and special exhibition room. Regular exhibition room is mainly composed of the exhibition on the theme "Okitama and Yonezawa in Edo period", through which we can learn about history and culture of Uesugi.
Regular exhibition also provides you with the opportunities to learn about Yonezawa through such experiences as the yozan's theater, the virtual imagery of "Rakuchu Rakugaizu Byobu" using computer graphics, and the shooter game of "Uesugi's Raitou", which is a high-calibre arquebus hackbut.
The special exhibition room provides artworks by artists related to Yonezawa, including variety of exhibition about history and art such as history of Okitama, special exhibition about Uesugi's culture, etc.

About 10 minutes walk or about 3 minutes by taxi from our hotel (Taxi fare: about 710 yen)

Domori Zenko-ji

Seated statues of Tokihiro Nagai who constructed Yonezawa Castle and his wife (cultural property in Yamagata), and "Mikaeri-Amida Nyorai", a looking back Amitabha which is rare in the country, are enshrined here. In addition, there is a monument for memory of Toshimasu Maeda in this Domori Zenko-ji. He was a gifted military commander in Sendoku period, became subordinate of Uesuhi family, and lived in Domori.

About 12 minutes by taxi from our hotel (Taxi fare: about 1500 yen)

Hot Springs

Onogawa Hot Spring

It is said that Ono no Komachi found this hot spring on her journey and healed her sick self. Onogawa Hot Spring spreads along the Omono River, where tens of thousands of Luciola cruciate, luciola lateralis, and hotaria parvula dance above the river surface in summer. About 20 hot spring facilities are available including public facilities and 2 communal bathhouses. Some of them have open-air hot spring. "Firefly Festival" will be held from mid-June to late July every year.

Shirabu Hot Spring

Shirabu Hot Spring resort is located at an altitude of 900 meters, on the mountainside of Mt. Azuma range. It is convenient base for Mt. Nishi Azuma mountain climbing and trecking for Tengendan Highland in summer, and also base for Tengendai Highland Ski Resort in winter.
A total of 7 hot spring facilities are available around the traditional spring inn, more than 200-year operation. Some of them have open-air hot spring.

About 33 minutes by taxi from our hotel (Taxi fare: about 5,700 yen)

Tengendai Highland Ski Resort

It is located at an altitude of 1,350 meters to 1,850 meters on the foothills of the range of Mt. Nishi Azuma and usually opens from mid-November to early May. You can enjoy perfect powder snow in the deep of winter. 1 ropeway and 5 lifts are available.

About 35 minutes by taxi from our hotel (Taxi fare: about 6,000 yen)

Yonezawa Ski Resort

It is located along Route 13, with large parking lot, best access to ski slopes. You can enjoy attractive meals at various pensions in the ski slope.

About 26 minutes by taxi from our hotel (Taxi fare: about 4,200yen)

Onogawa Ski Resort

It is just next to the Onogawa Hot Spring resort, suitable for beginners or family who would like to enjoy skiing at leisure. 1 lift is available.

About 18 minutes by taxi from our hotel (Taxi fare: about 2,700yen)

Yonezawa Ramen Noodle

Hirama, Yonezawa Soba Noodle

Hirama's handmade soba with curly style, with plain and good taste soup with a clean finish, is absolutely delicious. Also very clear soup by skimming the scum with care is very popular.

Kumabun

Kumabun, whose atmosphere is such an isolated house in downtown, is a popular Yonezawa ramen shop that sometimes people even line up outside the door during busy time.

Yamadai-mae Yamatoya

Yamatoya, whose name comes from Yamatoya Shokudo, is a Yonezawa ramen shop.
It is characterized by its thick soy sauce-based ramen and smell of garlic that is fairly rare in Yonezawa ramen because many ramen in Yonezawa smell of traditional Chinese soba. It is located in front of department of technology, Yamagata University.

Yonezawa Beef

Japanese restaurant "Shakunage"

You can enjoy choosing from varied menus of lovingly prepared seasonal dishes including Yonezawa Beef. Private dining rooms are available for banquet or business dinner, etc. You are sure to be offered best service with whole heart and spend great time here.

Tokiwa beef restaurant & store for Yonezawa beef

You can enjoy good quality and tastes of well-selected, soft-aged Yonezawa beef in this traditional beef restaurant, Tokiwa. Such dishes as steak, sukiyaki, shabu-sahbu, grilled beef, etc. are very satisfactory, as well as various kinds of side dishes utilizing local produce to go with drinks.

Gourmet Plaza Kongoukaku

There are 4 eating places in Gourmet Plaza Kongoukaku, where you can enjoy Yonezawa beef; Japanese restaurant, western style restaurant, broiled meat restaurant, and a kaiseki meal. "Tezukuri Kobo", retort-packed food such as a hamburg or a beef stew, as well as Oki's Yonezawa Beef, are popular as a souvenirs.

Ougiya beef restaurant & store for Yonezaki beef

Ougiya is famous special store of Yonezawa beef. You can buy and enjoy such a real Yonezawa beef at this store, and are sure to be satisfied with its good price and quality. Beef Ougi-Zuke, which is marinated in seasonings mainly such as miso and sake lees, is recommended as a souvenir.

How to spend in Yonezawa

Tokyo Dai-ichi Hotel Yonezawa offers a full range of opportunities
for fully enjoying yourselves during your stay in Yonezawa.

◯ For family
AM 10:23 Arrive at Yonezawa Station
You arrive Yonezawa by Yamagata Shinkansen "Tsubasa"
AM 11:00 Go to the Uesugi Shrine and Uesugi museum
You can see the great and specious historical sights of that nature in Yonezawa.
PM 0:30 Have lunch in the city (Yonezawa ramen)
You can enjoy Yonezawa style of tastes by eating "Yonezawa ramen"
PM 2:30 Go to Sengoku-no-Mori
We have such an amusement facility like Sengoku-no-Mori near the hotel, where you can see "Sengoku world" to introduce some military commanders associated with Yonezawa.
PM 3:00 Check-in
We recommend that you will reserve an delux twin room on the Yozan floor.
2 extra beds are available for kids.
PM 6:00 Have dinner at the restaurant "Lumiere".
You can enjoy having an excellent dinner with your family at "Lumiere".
◯ with Partner
AM 10:23 Arrive at Yonezawa Station
You arrive Yonezawa by Yamagata Shinkansen "Tsubasa"
AM 11:00 Go to the Miyasaka Kouko-kan.
You can see armors dressed by military commander in Sengoku period.
AM 11:30 Go to the Kasugasan Rinsen-ji.
It is the temple that is associated with Uesugi family and Kanetsugu Naoe.
PM 0:30 Have lunch in the city (Yonezawa Beef)
You can enjoy Yonezawa style of tastes by eating "Yonezawa beef".
PM 2:00 Go to the Uesugi Shrine and Uesugi museum.
You can see the great and specious historical sights of that nature in Yonezawa.
PM 4:00 Check-in
We recommend that you will reserve a special twin room on the Yozan floor.
You can comfort yourselves with the luxurious sofa set.
PM 6:00 Have dinner at the Japanese restaurant "Shakunage".
You can fully enjoy the luxurious dishes with various seasonal ingredients.
PM 8:00 At a cafe bar "Terrace Lounge Danro"
You can feel intoxicated by Yonezawa’s night with an amber beer or a cocktail.


The above are just some samples.
*Opening hours and holidays are different according to each facility. Please check information in advance.