The "Hidden-Beauty" Small Towns / Villages in Japan - "Asahi Town" in Yamagata Prefecture

March 27, 2016

1. The Basic Infomation on "Asahi Town" :


- The Total Area:  196.81 km2

- The Population: 7,082 people (as of 2016)

- The Density of Population:  36 people / km2

- The Railway:  There is no train station within the town, and the nearest one at the next Oe town is Aterazawa station on JR Aterazawa line. 

- The Main Roads:  1) The Yamagata Highway:  Sagae Interchange, 2) The National Road - #287

- The Bus:  Yamako Bus Transporation

- The Airport:  The nearest airport is Yamagata Dometic Airport in 40-minute drive from the town.



2. The Main Industry:


- Aguriculture

- Fruit Farm (Mainly Apple and Grapes)

- Tourism



3. The Recommended Spots for Sightseeing Near "Asahi Town":



3-1 The Asahi Mountain Ranges :


- There is the well-known "Mt. Asashidake" laid on the border of Yamagata and Niigata prefectures.

- In general, the Mt. Asahidake consists of 3 major peaks, which are "Mt. O-Asashidake" (1,870m), "Mt. Ko-Asashidake" (1,648m) and "Mt. Nishi-Asahidake" (1,814m).

- The Mt. Asashidake is selected as one of the best 100 mountains in Japan.



3-2  The Rice Terraces (Kunugidaira) :


- Like those rice terrances located in other prefectures, the Kunugidaira was created at such limited spaces on the mountain slope.

- The entire terraces become a brownish colour in autumn season, when it is about to be rice harvesting.



3-3  Japanese Shrine :


- There are main 3 Japanese shrines located at the Asahi town.  

- Horyu Shrine

- Ukishima-Inari Shrine

- Kasuga Shrine



3-4  The Satake-Family Traiditonal Residence ;


- With such a countryside landscape, there still remain some old and traditional-style Japanese farm residences at the Asahi town.

-  The Satake-Family Residence is one of them, which is designated as important-culture-treasure.



3-5  Asahi Winery :


- Asahi town is famous for wine-producing from their original grapes cultivated within the town



3-6  Apple Onsen (Hot-Spring) :


- The Asahi town has an unique name of "Apple Onsen".

- The several number of nice-shaped apples are normally thrown and floated on the hot-spring bathes at Asahi town Onsen, therefore, local people call it as "Apple Onsen".



3-7  Umagami Pond:


- This Pond was consolidated with several ponds together since Edo Samurai period

- The Pond was selected as one of the famous ponds in Japan.

- It is a nice pond scenery.




< The Mt. Asahidake in Spring Season >




< The Mt. Asahidake in Autumn Season >




< The Autumn-Colour Rice Terraces at Kunugi-daira >



< The Old and Traditional Satake-Family Residnce at Asahi Town >




< The Ukishima-Inari Japanese Shrine >




< The Asahi Town Winery >




< Apple Onsen Hot-Spring Bath >




< The Umagami Pond >




< How to get the Asahi town in Yamagata? >




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