Yamagata is filled with beautiful natural scenery and exceptional local cuisine. It also boasts the historical Yamadera Temple and sightseeing farms where visitors can go fruit picking.
The starting point of our itinerary will be the city of Tendo in Yamagata. It takes about two hours and a half to three hours by Shinkansen (bullet train) from Tokyo to Tendo Station. In this article, we introduce a travel itinerary where you can fully enjoy the beautiful and history-filled Yamadera Temple and wonderful fruit, utilizing JR-EAST’s unlimited-ride JR EAST PASS (Tohoku Area).
Shogi (Japanese chess) has been a favorite game to play in Japan since ancient times. It is a two-player game where the players compete to win or lose by moving their pieces in turns on top of a shogi board. Tendo is a city famous for making shogi pieces. You can discover monuments everywhere throughout the city inspired by shogi.
Production of shogi originally began when the Tendo Oda clan (*1), the predecessors of Tendo, was established in 1831 and encouraged shogi piece production to their clansmen. Tendo currently produces the most shogi pieces in Japan, accounting for over 90% of the market.
For this trip, we’ll depart from Tendo Station, a spot famous for its shogi pieces. If you have bulky luggage, we suggest storing it in a coin locker at the station.
8:45 – View Shogi Art at Osho Bridge
Tendo Station → Osho Bridge: 15-minute walk
First, take a walk around the station. You’ll find art inspired by shogi pieces on the bridge that crosses Kuratsu River. You can enjoy the beautiful contrast of the shogi art, verdant weeping cherry trees, and the red bridge while strolling along the river.
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