Yamagata is home to traditions and a culture that have been preserved since ancient times.
Even in modern times, spirituality continues to shape Yamagata culture. The rich history and artistic culture nestled deep within Yamagata life cultivates the unique sensibility and creativity of the people of Yamagata.
This ancient temple was established over 1200 years ago by the famous monk Ennin, known in Japan as Jikaku Daishi. Its eternal flame has continued to burn brightly since the temple was founded.
Mt. Haguro Five-Story Pagoda
This 29 meter tall wooden structure is said to have been built by the renowned warrior Taira Masakado. It was reconstructed 600 years ago and has been designated as a national treasure.
Kurokawa Noh Theater
Designated as an Important Intangible Cultural Property, the Kurokawa Noh performance troupe has passed down and preserved the style of ancient Noh performance for over 500 years.
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Montedio Yamagata Soccer
This professional soccer team is based in Yamagata.
Local Montedio fans love to support their team.
Yamagata Symphony Orchestra
This Yamagata City based professional orchestra was founded in 1972.
It performs about 150 times over the course of a year.