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Gassan, Yamagata

Gassan, Yamagata

Each season in Japan brings its own special delicacies. When early summer arrives, that means it's cherry season. 70% of all the cherries grown in Japan come from the Murayama District of Yamagata Prefecture, close to the Mogami River. The soil and climate here are perfect for cultivating the fruit. The moisture drains into the river system, and there is a wide fluctuation between the day and night-time temperatures. The cherries grown here are of a high quality, with a distinctive sweet-...

Journeys in Japan ~ PBS Murayama, Yamagata: Local delicacies, local pride Cherry picking & other adventures

Ippuku: On Fridays and Saturdays, chef-owner Christian Geideman opens this izakaya for lunch, offering soba and not much else. His cook, Koichi Ishii, who learned to make soba in Yamagata Prefecture, imports mild buckwheat flour from his home city of Yamagata to make a dough that he meticulously rolls and cuts himself. If you order the noodles cold and dip hanks of them into a dashi-soy sauce, each strand retains its distinct form. Add tempura veggies.

17 Sobas At Ippuku

On Friday and Saturday, you can order cold or hot soba in 17 variations at Ippuku. We loved the kakiage soba.

Ginzan, Yamagata

Ginzan, Yamagata

Mount Daisen, in Tottori Prefecture in western Japan, stands 1,729 meters high. Often noted for its resemblance to Mount Fuji, it is ranked 3rd on a list of celebrated mountains in Japan. It's also been an object of worship of a mountain religion since ancient times. Daisen-ji Temple was built about 1,300 years ago. From olden days, people have come to pray to the Jizo (guardian diety of travelers and children) enshrined at the temple. Our reporter John Daub follows the old pilgrim's ...

Mount Daisen, in Tottori Prefecture in western Japan, stands 1,729 meters high. Often noted for its resemblance to Mount Fuji, it is ranked 3rd on a list of celebrated mountains in Japan. It's also been an object of worship of a mountain religion since ancient times. Daisen-ji Temple was built about 1,300 years ago. From olden days, people have come to pray to the Jizo (guardian diety of travelers and children) enshrined at the temple. Our reporter John Daub follows the old pilgrim's ...

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