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

Tohoku Entertainment 2016.12.05
Autumn Leaves, Hot Springs, Seasonal Fruit, and Local Dishes!!
You may recall that we have taken you to the 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! Earlier pages are here:

A Taste of Tendo City
Our Story in Tendo City! Part I
Our Story in Tendo City! Part II

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,, there is a famous temple Jakushouji 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.
  • Make a Wish
    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

  • We were very lucky to see snow covering the autumn leaves that day!! What a coincidence!!
  • No matter whether you are interested in natural or history, Jakushouji is a good sightseeing spot for you to visit.

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!
  • 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!
  • 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
    Bring home your best travel memories by getting souvenirs for your family and friends!

Three 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 in Yamagata Prefecture

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:
# Travel ♪ A Taste of Tendo City - The Most Interesting Place to Visit in Yamagata Prefecture!
# 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
# 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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