Experience the Japanese Culture, Nature and Local Cuisine
At Takinoyu Hotel
About Yamagata Prefecture and Tendo City
Yamagata Prefecture is located in the southwest corner of Tohoku (northeast) region of Japan with a population of 1.14 millions. Although it is known as a snowy area in Japan, but in summer time, many Japanese will visit Yamagata Prefecture because the weather is nicer and cooler up here. It is also a great place to do some hiking in the nature. That's why the official logo of Yamagata Prefecture looks like mountains!
|Photo credited: Yamagata Official Homepage|
As we have mentioned before, Yamagata Prefecture is also famous for other interesting things like they have the "Top cherry production in Japan", "Top Shogi (Japanese traditional chess) piece production in Japan", and "Top Ramen consumption in Japan"!
Tendo City is located in the eastern Yamagata Prefecture with a population of 60 thousands. It is famous for the beautiful nature, hot springs and shogi piece production. It is also close to the Yamagata airport, so it is a good place to live for people who work.
The Yummy Yamagata Prefecture
"Welcome to the yummy Yamagata Prefecture!" Why do they keep saying that? What can we eat here?? It seems like there are many interesting things waiting for us to explore in this beautiful prefecture!
Tell you something interesting. Actually the slogan on the banner was proposed by a 8 years old child who lives in Yamagata! Among the 3,741 slogans received during the "New Slogan for the Airport" campaign, this great idea by the child took the championship among all! How amazing is that!
Even there is no international flight flying to Yamagata at the moment, but you can consider to use the local flights flying from various airports in Japan, for example, there is flight from Tokyo Haneda Airport. If you want something cheaper, you can consider the highway buses.
For information about the highway buses, you can check out our previous sharing here:
Experience the Beautiful Nature in Yamagata Prefecture
If you are tired of Tokyo's busy city life, Yamagata Prefecture is a good getaway place for you. In Yamagata Prefecture, you can hike in mountains to relax yourself in nature. You can even get different views of the nature if you visit in different seasons!
The most popular and delicious thing in Yamagata Prefecture
Do you still remember Yamagata Prefecture is famous for their fruits? Of course the most popular fruit they have is ..... Cherries!!
That's why you can find many cherry farms in Tendo City, from May to mid of July, you can experience 30 to 60 minutes cherry picking experience there.
Any desserts lovers here? How about a twist soft serve or a seasonal cherry sundae? I am a bit greedy though, can I have both?!!
Just from the picture, you can see the sundae comes in big size!! As you can see, there are a few different kinds of cherries used. See which kinds of cherries you like!
Other than cherry sundae, you can find peach sundae in August, and apple sundae in October. Don't miss it!
Ohsyo Fruit Trees Garden
Address: 1303 Oaza Kawarago, Tendo City, Yamagata
Hours: 8:30-17:00 (Last Entrance 16:00)
Fruit Picking Time: 30 minutes
Entrance Fees: 1,620 yen for adults, 1,420 yen for children,
1,200 yen each for group of 15 or above
Address: Ohsyo Fruit Trees Garden
Holiday: No holiday from June to August, Closed every Wednesday from September to October
Homepage (Japanese): http://www.ohsyo.co.jp/kanko/softcream.htm
Top Shogi piece production in Japan
Are you interested in the Japanese traditional chess shogi? As we have mentioned earlier, Tendo City has the top position of producing shogi's chess pieces in Japan. Actually 95% of the shogi chess piece is produced here in Tendo City!!
In Tendo City, you will be surprised by seeing shogi everywhere! Road signs, pavement, maps, light on taxi, what else??
Takinoyu Hotel (Onsen Ryokan)
Tonight we will stay at the Takinoyu Hotel which is celebrating their 105 anniversaries. You can experience a fusion of the traditional Japanese style and the modern design at this hotel.
Takinoyu Hotel (Onsen Ryokan)
Address: 1-1-30 Kamatahoncho Tendo City, Yamagata
Homepage (English): http://www.ryokan-onsen.com/
Reservation Page (English): http://www.ryokan-onsen.com/rooms
Depart from Shinjuku Tokyo
If you take the highway bus from Shinjuku, you can get off at the "Tendo Onsen" stop which is just outside of Takinoyu Hotel. How convenient is that!
Highway bus information
Departs at 22:30 - Bus stop at the south exit of Shinjuku Station
Arrives at 05:45 - West exit of Yamagata Station
Arrives at 06:30 - Tendo Onsen Stop
Fees: 3,500 to 4,100 yen for adults, 2,050 yen for children
Willer Express Homepage: http://willerexpress.com/en/
At Takinoyu Hotel, you can find a special room called "Ryuo No Ma" which is the venue for the Shogi Tournament, "Ryuo Sen", in Yamagata Prefecture. From the table size and the floor, you can see the design and the tatami used is different from the other rooms, they are specially made for the shogi game use.
Takinoyu Hotel received the award "Oyamayasuharu" in 2012. This award is presented by the Japan Shogi Association to those who has had distinguished achievement in promoting the shogi culture.
It is said that the water of the Takinoyu Hotel hot spring contains a huge amount of sulfates which is good for trauma, neuralgia, arthralgia, chronic skin diseases, stiff neck, back pain etc. Also, it is good for your skin too!
Other than the high quality hot spring water, Takinoyu tries to create a warm and modern atmosphere in the public bath area. It is very relaxing to enjoy a hot bath here.
Moreover, with the senior-friendly design in the public bath area, everyone can enjoy the public bath without any worries.
Do you know that the hot spring water in Tendo City can be used for drinking too?
It is said that it is good for liver disease, constipation, obesity, gout, arteriosclerosis, high blood pressure etc. However, be careful if you have a weak stomach.
Get a free glass of beer after getting in the hot spring!
The Japanese Style Garden
At Takinoyu hotel, guestrooms are surrounded by the Japanese style garden. No matter which room you are staying in, you can get a nice view of the garden!
At the hot spring hotel,you can also experience boiling eggs in the hot springs! Eggs are provided for the guests without any charges, so please try making your own hot spring egg!! It's very easy, just boil the eggs in the hot spring water for 5 minutes, then the yummy hot spring egg is ready!!
What can be better than ending your day with a Kaiseki cuisine (traditional Japanese feast)!
Takinoyu started running their own farm 20 years ago, they provide pesticide-free seasonal fruits and vegetables to their guests.
In Japan, beef in Kobe, Matsuzaka, and Yamagata are selected and called the Best 3 beef. So how can you miss the Yamagata beef if you are in Yamagata Prefecture!!
With the fresh vegetables and natural ingredients, food provided by Takinoyu Hotel is Oishii!! (Yummy!!)
Back in your guestroom, you can enjoy your private hot spring time with your family and loved ones!
At Takinoyu Hotel, you can enjoy the hot springs and the healthy and delicious meals. Look, how nice the night view of Tendo City is!
Actually the Takinoya group also runs another nice hot spring hotel in Tendo city which is the "Tsuruya Hotel"!
If you are into the Japanese style room, Tsuruya is a good choice for you too! Rooms are decorated with Japanese bamboos and tatami flooring.
Hohoemino Kuyufu Tsuruya
Address: 2-5-14 Kamatahoncho Tendo City, Yamagata
Homepage (Japanese): http://www.tendotsuruya.com/
Interested in reading more about Yamagata Prefecture? Check out our previous sharing here:
# Travel ♪ An Amazing Hot Spring Experience in Yamagata Prefecture - Our Story in Tendo City! Part I
# Travel ♪ An Amazing Hot Spring Experience in Yamagata Prefecture - Our Story in Tendo City! Part II
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