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  • picture around Yamagata Station Yamagata Station

    It is Yamagata Station, if you are going to the Zao Onsen

    Yamagata Station is a major hub station in Yamagata Prefecture. Tourists and businessmen from other prefectures arrive at this station by Yamagata Shinkansen to enter Yamagata Prefecture.

    It will be convenient for Yamagata City tourism if you rent a car near Yamagata Station. There is a car rental service office when you go left from the ticket gate then go downstairs on the right side of the free passage. There are more car rental service offices in various locations outside the East exit as well.

    The Yamagata Zao Interchange is the closest interchange to Yamagata Station. Zao Onsen is a ski resort and one of the hot spring resort areas called Ou-santakayu. The Zao Onsen is about 30 minutes drive northeast on prefectural road 16 → prefectural road 53 → Zao Echo Line Road. You can overlook the frozen trees known as "snow monsters" from the Zao Ropeway which is available at night in winter.

  • picture around Yamagata Airport Yamagata Airport

    Yamagata Prefecture's primary air gateway

    Yamagata Airport is a major air gateway to Yamagata Prefecture. This airport operates regular round trip flights between Yamagata and Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya. You can enjoy the local Specialties of Yamagata at restaurants and souvenir shops in this airport.

    For sightseeing in Yamagata City, you will have easy access to each tourist attraction if you rent a car at Yamagata Airport. You can book a rental car in advance or even without a reservation. You can rent a car at the rental car information counter located next to the Ticket Counter on the 1st floor.

    The famous tourist attraction of Yamagata Prefecture is the Zao Onsen. The Zao Onsen is about 40 minutes drive from Yamagata Airport south on the Tohoku-Chuo Expressway and prefectural road 21. You can enjoy skiing and overlooking seasonal views from a ropeway in the Zao Onsen area.

  • picture around Shonai Airport Shonai Airport

    Shonai Airport is convenient for sightseeing on the Sea of Japan side of Yamagata

    Shonai Airport is an air gateway to Yamagata and connects Yamagata and Tokyo. This airport is also known by the nickname of "Oishii Shonai Airport (Delicious Shonai Airport)". Yamagata Airport is located on the Miyagi Prefecture side but Shonai Airport is on the Sea of Japan side. Therefore, Shonai Airport is convenient if you are planning to go sightseeing along the sea side of Yamagata Prefecture such as Sakata City and Tsuruoka City.

    Rental cars are essential for tourisms because railways around the Shonai Airport are very limited. There is a courtesy service from the airport to the car rental service office. Use the rental car terminal telephone located in the arrival lobby on the 1st floor to ask for this service.

    If you start your tour from Shonai Airport, a popular course is north along National Route 112. Stop by the Sakata Seafood Market and the Former Aoyama Main Residence etc. and then arrive at Chokai Onsen.