Kaminoyama Castle, rising up as the symbol of the citizens, was hailed as a famous castle in Ushu（an old name for Yamagata）for its beauty. Inside, the local museum showcases artifacts from 400 years ago. A magnificent view of Mt. Zao and a picturesque scenery of Kaminoyama City can be seen from the top.
The feudal lord of kaminoyama in the Edo period built a public bath to the east of a temple. Since then, this temple has been called Yunoue Kannon – the Goddess of Mercy above the Bath. This temple is the 10th of the 33 Kannon temples in Mogami Region. On the temple grounds, there is a memorial – a consolation for the souls of the maidservants who worked for the nearby inns at the time.
Harusame-an is the re-created hermitage of the priest Takuan, famous for inventing Takuanzuke (the pickled Japanese radish). He had a great attachment to this house, in which he spent 3 years. It is a reminder of his image‐a Zen master enshrined in the quiet and tasteful hermitage.
This museum displays Japanese swords and lacquerware wares imported from China, dating back to the Ming and Ching dynasties. This lacquerware is wares are the finest quality in Japan.
Owing to the generosity of Inari‐sama (the fox god) in fulfilling wishes, many visitors come and worship at this shrine. They come to pray for successful marriage, good business and good luck with money. In their dedication, believers donated the many Torii (Shinto shrine gateways) lining the path like a tunnel.
Saito Mokichi, born in Kaminoyama City, is revered as one of the most outstanding modern tanka poets in Japan. His biography, study materials, and written works are on public display in this museum.
These middle-class samurai houses, built in 1628, have retained their original and dignified design. They offer a window to the past and a glimpse of the lives of the samurai.
Everything from fresh food to clothing and local products is sold here.
“DEPARTURES (Okuri‐bito) ”, was the very first Japanese movie to win an academy award for Best Foreign Language Film. Kaminoyama City was one of the locations for the filming of this movie. In the film,Cellist Kobayashi Daigo (Masahiro Motoki) returns to his hometown in Yamagata after the dissolution of his orchestra. There, he finds a new job as a noukanshi (a person who puts the dead into coffins) and his new life begins to unfold. Daigo ‘s home in the movie was preserved as the“Kawakami Concert Hall”. Here you can get your photo taken in the same spot where his wife (Ryoko Hirosue) watered the flowers in the garden.
|eki → Train Station||kyodoyokujo → Public Bath||koen → Park|
|koban → Police Box||ashiyu → Footbath||shiyakusho → City Office|
|yubinkyoku → Post Office||jinja → Shrine|