Tuesday, December 6, 2016

# Travel ♪ Your Autumn Travel Guide to Tendo City in Yamagata Prefecture!!

Autumn Travel Guide to Tendo City in Yamagata Prefecture
Autumn Leaves, Hot Springs, Seasonal Fruit, and Local Dishes!!

You may recall that we have taken you to Tendo City in Yamagata Prefecture this summer. Delicious cherries and relaxing hot springs are things that visitors cannot forget after visiting this beautiful city in the northern part of Japan!

Our earlier blogs here:

This time, we will take you to Tendo City again to see what's interesting in Autumn! Let's go!!

A famous temple with 1300 years history
Jakushouji (若松寺) on Reiryuuzan (鈴立山)

On top of the Reiryuuzan (鈴立山), there is a famous temple Jakushouji (若松寺) which was built back in the Nara period about 1300 years ago. In autumn, you can also see the temple surrounded by beautiful autumn leaves.

It is said that shaking hands with the "Chief Monk" of the temple can bring you good matchmaking chance!! Because of this saying, many young Japanese people come to Jakushouji and hope that they can get some luck on their love affair. (Note: Since the Chief is famous and busy, all visitors are required to make an advance reservation if they want to meet him.)

A Natural Gallery
Autumn Leaves in Jakushouji

This is real! Not CG!!

We were very lucky to see snow covering the autumn leaves that day!! What a coincidence!!

Other than meeting the Chief and making your wishes at the temple, walking around the temple is a very interesting thing for couples to do too!

No matter whether you are interested in natural or history, Jakushouji is a good sightseeing spot for you to visit.

Even though we couldn't meet the Chief this time, I know that our wishes must be able to pass to him through the hands of other monks working at the temple!!

Unique Local Experience in Tendo City

01. Handmade Buckwheat Noodles (そば Soba) Experience

Join the handmade soba making class where professionals teach and help you to make your own handmade soba. Buckwheat used are grown in the field just next to the classroom!

02. Apple Picking Experience

Last summer, we came to Tendo and experienced the cherry picking which was so FUN! In autumn, we can try apple picking in Tendo! An apple a day keep the doctor away!!

03. Local Dishes

What can be better than having a hot dish after trying the fruit picking in the cold!! This special stew is made of local taro, pork and other ingredients.

04. Delicious sweets made with seasonal fruit

All fruit used are freshly picked, and you can imagine how nice the taste these desserts is!!

05. Hot Springs Time

This time, we stayed in a different hot spring hotel in Tendo. Want to know more about it? Just stay with us!

★Tendo Onsen Sakaeya Hotel  栄屋ホテル
2-3-16, Kamata, Tendo City, Yamagata 994-0024, Japan
Access: 7-min from Tendo Station
TEL: 023-653-3151
MAP CODE: 62 376 448*12
OPEN HOUR: 9:00~19:00  

Check-in: 15:00
Last check-in: 20:00
Check-out: 10:00

Homepage: CLICK (JP)
                CLICK (ENGLISH) for reservation

We will introduce more in the articles later. Please check!

06. Tendo Cuisine

How can we miss the delicious local cuisine made with local ingredients! From rice to vegetables, everything tastes so great!

07. Tendo's Japanese Wine (Sake)

Have you tried drinking Japanese wine and having ramen at the same time? Awesome combination!!

08. Northeast (Tohoku) White Rice

In Northeast part of Japan, the weather is cool and dry which is great for white rice growing.

09. Unique Local Food Culture

Eating natto (納豆), Japanese pickles and steak together! An interesting way to eat!

10. Romantic Dating Spots

After relaxing in the hot springs and having some great food, it's time to go out and take some beautiful pictures with your special ones!

In just a couple months, this sakura tree will give a full cherry blossom to all visitors!!

11. Freshly made sushi

A nice sushi restaurant near the hot spring hotel that we stayed!

12. Tendo's Japanese Wine - Dewazakura (出羽櫻)

As we mentioned above, tohoku's rice is grown with high-quality and that's why the Japanese wine is great here too!

13. Traditional craft experience

Make your own safflower handkerchief at Tendo in Yamagata Prefecture!

14. Memories of your travel - Souvenirs

3 recommended souvenirs

01. Tsuyahime White Rice (つや姫)

If you like the white rice here, we highly recommended this brand to you!

02. Tendo's Pear

Pear and other products made with pear all smell so good!! 

03. Special Tohoku Limited Edition

Nagatanien's famous ochazuke can also be found here! It is the tohoku limited edition too!

Tendo City is a great place for couples to come and visit indeed! Make you best love wishes at the temple, enjoy the famous hot springs, seasonal fruit picking, and delicious local food with your loved ones, isn't it the best place for your next trip?

Just stay with us. We will bring you a more detailed Tendo's autumn travel guide very soon!

In the meantime, please check out our earlier sharing here:

# Accommodation ♪ Relaxing hot spring trip in Tendo, Yamagata Prefecture - Takinoyu Hotel

# Accommodation ♪ Experience the harmony of modern and tradition - Hotel Itiraku in Tendo, Yamagata, Japan

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