Prefectural capital:Yamagata City
Yamagata Prefecture is the largest producer of cherries and pears in Japan, “Sato nishiki” is especially high quality cherry varieties. Yamagata is known as “the fruit kingdom”
In tourism Yamagata, cherry picking, hot springs and skiing are popular. Zao Onsen and Ginzan Onsen are especially famous hot springs. Ginzan Onsen still retains the old streets of the Taisho and early Showa period. It became nationally famous as the setting for the hit TV drama “Oshin”.
*Prefectures of Japan