Starting with Ginzan Onsen, its streets lined with wooden inns and filled with a sense of nostalgia, the prefecture of Yamagata is rich in famous hot spring resorts, others including Tendo Onsen and Shirabu Onsen. What’s more, come winter you can see the frozen fog rime at Zao, a spectacular landscape rare even in Japan and much-loved internationally.

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Introduction of Japan's national parks