100 STORIES

Mountain vegetable

The breath of the earth picks by head chef himself.

After the winter endured the cold, when various plants and tree sprout.
Chef Oomae goes into mountain and fields to look for the spring of Yamagata.
And he sublimates them to premium one plate by using mountain vegetables picked by himself.
Sweet, spicy, bitter, sour, salty….
Mountain vegetable is the feast enable to feel through taste of season.

Organic vegetable network

Wanting you to know the taste of grown by organic farming without pesticides.

10% of farmer engage in organic farming in Nanyo-city.
And Takahata-machi, located adjacent to Nanyo-city is known for the forefront of organic farming.
Takinami cooperate with some of the farmer from, serves fresh organic vegetables in plates.
From regular vegetables such as asparagus, eggplants or cucumbers to traditional vegetables, Okahijiki, Ukogi and Yukina.
Relish the finely selected Okitama taste.

Dining 1/365

Welcome to the place of encountering season.

Here is a place to meet the savors of Yamagata.
The Ingredients of Okitama valley or traditional cuisine of Yamagata served are not the taste of season.
It is the very optimized taste of this moment only.
Blushing cheeks by assorted excellent sake is also in bliss.The moment to know the charmed savoy delivered from mountain, sea and fields, will feel the five senses being sharpened.

Orgainic rice

Shining white rice. That is the steady feast.

Takinami offers four types of organic rice including Tsuyahime, premium rice brand of Yamagata.
Rice fills with sweetness and tastiness by sun-drying. The taste left in stem to fill the grain after reaping and full mature rice grain get bigger.
No word can express delicious rice.
Only… bite that savor.

Yonezawa beef

Yonezawa beef teaches what impressive food is

Dry wind which blows over the famous peak and the temperature difference between day and night.
Being grown in such Okitama area, fine-grained and moist Yonezawa beef meat quality are made.
Feeling the lusciousness each time it touches lips, every time it fills mouth.
Its delight to discover the delicate flavor which touches deep inside.

Yonezawa pork

The elegance of taste. Digest the deliciousness.

Sweet pure white lard, rich lean meat “Yonezawa pork Ichiban Sodachi” which bestowed benefits onto by rich nature brings bliss.
Soft but filled texture, the taste which overflow by each bite.
The meat which contains full of vitamin E.
Feeling of receiving full vitality. Fine quality pork.

Free-range local Chicken, Komekokko

Grown in nature in Yamagata. That richness resides in cuisine.

Free-range chickens fed rice in carefree environment.
Comfortable elasticity of that meat loosen taster’s shape of the mouth.
Exceptional shining light-yellow yolk.
Gives merciful full nutrition Receiving rich taste is receiving the land of Yamagata.

Sho-nai hama seafood

Shonai hama, great fishing ground where ocean current crosses.

Sea of Japan where number of rivers such as Mogami-gawa river, Akagawa-river finally reach.
Having cold Liman current and Warm Tsushima current flows into there, Shonai Hama becomes rich fishing ground where lots of seafood are caught.Sandfish, cod fish, red flatfish are caught in warm current area.
Sea of Japan area gives the catch of such as snow crab, also red flat fish.

Summer rock oyster

Yamagata in summer, premium taste

Snowmelt soaked in beech forest in Mt.Cho-kai becomes underground water after 200 years and spring out in rocky area at Shonaihama.
That rich mineral water flows in Sea of Japan, becomes perfect hunting area for rock oyster.Storing the full savor in smallish shell, waiting to be tasted as impressive flavor.※Upon request – optional order

Winter soft cod roe

Taste of winter, fluffy and melts.

Cod fish, the savor of winter in Shonai.
Soft cod roe filled in plump Cod, taste by slightly boiled or Tempura.
Fluffy, softly.
And melts softly over tongue.
Upon request – optional order

Rock seaweed of Tobishima island.

The rare taste of winter has powerful flavor.

Rock seaweed grown being tossed about by rough sea of Japan sea in sole remote island of Yamagata prefecture, Tobishima.
Flavor of ocean, scent, sweetness, firmness stand out because of caught from wild.
It is the supreme to enjoy the savor of nature itself in the appearance of dark shining black.

Uesugi clan Katemono cuisine

Taste the tradition of ancient wisdom.

Preserved food handed down in Okitama region.
‘Katemono’ known to save from famine, inheritance the culture waved by ancients.
Takinami offers its taste through mainly dried mountain vegetable.
Bite thoroughly, the wisdom and its taste which had passed down.

Soba, buckwheat noodle

Including the taste of Yamagata and fragrance of buckwheat in a bowl.

Dewa kaori, rich in flavor and elegance in sweetness.
Mogami wase, drawing its flavor in most by grinding with its husks.
Soba made by mixing these two wheat in golden ratio, Dipping sauce which made fully use of Bonito and Flying fish stock, Serving together with the rich flavor furuyama nameko mushrooms.
The savor of Yamagata that Takinami would like to deliver to.

Fruits paradise

Heart pounding multicolored shines.

Scarlet cherry, fresh watermelon and peach, melon in summer.
Autumn gives sweet-sour grapes and elegantly sweet La France pear.
The flesh filled to bursting its juice fulfills the savor created by the weather of Okitama valley with freshness.

Hidenmame Tofu

‘A star is born’ in Taminami’s breakfast.

Do not think it’s just tofu.
‘A star of breakfast’ as wanting to name it for its rich and strong taste is made by organically grown Hidenmame beans.The rich sauce made from seasonal ingredients and smooth and mellow textures, all that is a great treat.

Imoni jiru

Treating Takinami color in Yamagata’s traditional taste.

Takinami’s imoni shows in multicolor by cherishing the taste of ingredients.
In summer, as a refreshing dish being fragrant with aroma of fennel spice.And in autumn, a bowl of supreme savor seasoning with tuna stock.
Convey the well-rounded taste of taro potatoes and konnyaku grown in fertile ground as base to the stomach and heart.

Sakura natto and omizuke pickles

Morning in Takinami, welcoming with meal of Okitama valley style.

No soy sauce over natto served as breakfast on purpose.
Eating natto adding pickles together.
That is the traditional way of breakfast in Okitama valley.
Let lays salted moderately natto over the bed of white rice.

Okahijiki

The taste represent the Okitama region courteously cultivated

Okahijiki grown organically.The sharp deep green leave gives the crispy sound for each bite.
A style of journey in Yamagata is to know the taste of tradition.

Amazake, sweet sake

The sweet sake made by the master of rice grower is a pleasant taste

Kurosawa farm, continues to pursue the deliciousness of rice for 500 years.
A man passionate about making rice is one of the masters of organic farmers who are proof of skilled organic farmers.This sweet sake was produced by such craftsman’s hand.
Soft and gentle sweetness of rice that only the master could bring out.
A taste of warm rice wraps our heart softly.

Sake

The thought of craftsman and the taste of sake to Intoxicate till bottom of heart.

Why not tasting sake which leaves afterglow to heart.
For instance, origin regressional sake using Japanese oldest yeast on purpose in new era.Sake looked beyond next 100 years by pioneer of organic sake makers’.
And clear sake with outstanding crispness using hard mineral water flowing from Yamadera.Each of them are as if conveying the feelings of the makers’ in the taste.It surely touch tipplers’ heart.

Jyuuyondai

From Yamagata, fine sake attracts the world

A time when light, clean finished style of sake was mainstream.
Jyuuyondai, The 14th generation, appears as daiginjyo with splendid sweet sake. This is a revolutionary pioneer in the Japanese sake industry.
Now that refined taste is not only representing Yamagata but Japan and making the name famous throughout the world.

Local wines

A variety of tastes rooted in this land.

There are seven wineries such as the oldest Sakai winery in Tohoku region founded in 1887, including Takahata winery lead by oenologist Mr. Hisayuki Kawabe.
For wine created by hands from its soil in the land of Okitama, the blessings brought by grapes are fulfilled.

Bio wine

The history of bio wine is engraved in Akayu.

The Okitama region is nationally known for its grape production.
Bio wine that attracts people born from this fertile ground.
Full wild taste bringing out the flavor of the grapes.
And the fresh, bursting taste.
A new door surely opens if you find the unique taste of bio wine.

Zunda Edamame milk shake

One sip first. It softens your heart.

The taste of Yamagata meeting in Takinami at first Zunda Edamame milk shake, made with specialty of Okitama area Hidenmame bean serving as welcoming drink.
Roughly grained hidenmame green soybeans with having rich scent and sweetness combining with local milk and ice cream.The story of Yamagata savors starts from this one glass. .

Water of Mt.Iide.

Natural spring water of famous peak builds the features of Yamagata

Mt. Iide is one of the 100 best peak of Japan which lies over Yamagata, Fukushima and Niigata.
The natural spring water of that peak is essential in Takinami’s cuisine.
Water that has been polished in the stratum after hundreds of years mellow the taste of dishes and bring out the taste of the ingredients.
Flavorful and nutritious taste goes to higher level.

Snow cavern

The blissful sweetness benefited by cold winter

Before the cold winter’s arrival, a cavern made of rattan appears in Takinami.
That is a ‘natural refrigerator’ brought by the wisdom of snowy country.Organic vegetables, wild vegetables and fruits stored in a room with a temperature of 2 degree Celsius, 35.6 degree Fahrenheit and 100% humidity, transforms its starch into sugar to avoid freezing themselves and gives rich sweetness.
Severe cold produces sweetness.

Yakuimon gate

Solid timber of moth tells you, ‘Welcome to Takinami’

Yakuimon gate which has 400 years old history is the symbol of Takinami.
Welcoming visitors with its’ glorious appearance.
The door of a gate which has huge profound metal fittings is the solid timber of moth.
And the tasteful thatched roof.
Going though that gate, now, unsuspected encounter to Takinami starts.
Unforgettable moments begins.

Biryuuken

The appearance of traditional house, firm and steady.

Main wing of Takinami is relocated district official’s L shaped flat house who used to serve as mountain guardian of Uesugi clan in 350 years ago.
Combining thick beams and columns without using a single nail, and has a strong structure that able to withstand heavy snow.
It is very rare nowadays to find such a solid column and beam.
The wooden architecture that has stared generation periodically is living in the present.

Wooden architecture of primary school

A touch of Taisho period breathes in the space.

The ward named ‘sakura’ and ‘Yamagata’ was renovated primary school building from Taisho period.
The old beams and hardware that could be seen on part of the ceiling show that this building has been loved over time.
And now, the history continue to weave.

Floating finished cedar boards, flooring.

Wanting to feel with barefoot, expressive wood surface.

After taking shoes off, the moment of putting your feet on glossy cedar boards, you would be surprised at its warmth.A beautiful expression bringing out the wood grain is drawn out and touches softly by cedar boards which had done process called floating finish.
Understanding the essence of word ‘Warmth of the tree’ from bottom of foot.

Floorboards by cherry.

Cherry floor board creates a peaceful and bright space.

Kura 02, renovated the white walled rice storehouse.
Kura 03, Kura 04, renovated the timber storehouse uses cherry floor boards.
Seems that light tone of Cherry wood with different expression for each board produces a light rhythm in the room.Blends well with pop-colored interiors.

Nordic furniture.

The elegant time to spend with Nordic furniture.

Nordic furniture such as Arne Jacobsen’s swan chair and Hans J. Wegner’s representative work, Y chair gives colors to 350 years old historical L-shaped flat house.
Modern furniture called masterpiece harmonizes with Japanese tradition.
That scenery is more than enough to raise the heart of visitors.
And immerse yourself in the feeling of happiness just by sitting down.

Tendo Mokko

Surrounded by Yamagata-born masterpiece furniture.

Furniture arranged in 6 ‘YAMAGATA’ rooms are from Tendo Mokko.
Simple but beautiful form.
And the sophisticated design shines well in the white wall space.
By touching, sitting down, laying down.
Experience Yamagata culture through Yamagata’s proud furniture.

Large rock bath of Zao stone.

Soak in fresh hot spring in the bathtub of Zao stone.

The hollowed out Zao stone rock bath fills by freshly born hot spring from its source.
Fresh graceful hot spring to all rooms.
Without having the touch of the air once.
And of course, never added water.
The fragrance, warmth, texture.
Because we would like you to feel the whole of the personality that the hot spring brings.

Japanese cypress bath

Dedicating body into the bath tub of graceful texture

The Japanese cypress bath tub filled with freshly-born hot-spring.
Touching the grain, its soft and smooth.
Being fully immersed by the charm of hot-spring weaving the history of Takinami by taking a deep breath of the aroma of Japanese cypress floats in the scent of sulfur.

Guard of hot spring

The comfortable hot spring is the gift from guard of hot spring.

There are three hot spring guards who protect the water flowing directly from the hot spring source in Takinami.
Manages the temperature of hot spring flowing directly from its source, keeps continuously the happiness of people dipping themselves in hot spring and its quality.
‘No withdrawing, no adding’With that attitude, earnestly,honestly, even today.

Drinking hot spring water

Immerse and drink, the body rejoices.

The joy of hot spring is not only to immerse.
Taking a sip of the hot spring said to be effective to stress, diabetes, gout.
Understanding the attraction of exquisite Takinami’s hot spring by experiencing with whole body.

The history of Akayu Onsen

The history of prospering as a hot-spring cure place leads to now.

Akayu onsen opened around 920 years ago.
‘In the middle of the battle, the hot water healed the wound was dyed in red by many soldiers dipped their damaged bodies in’.
This is the origin of the name, Akayu, Red hot water.
It will continue to heal those who fight in the time, both now and in the past.

Eboshiyama park

There is a cherry blossom spot on the land overlooking Akayu Onsen.

A place of relaxation able to enjoy the scenery of the changing seasons and the view from the hill.
In spring, cherry blossoms including original species edohigan blooms and was choosen as Japan’s top 100 cherry blossom spots by its beautiful appearance.
Giant stone made Torii-gate towering over at the front approach of Eboshiyama Hachimangu Shrine, communicating the skill and dignity of master craftsmen.
And the shrine guardian dog statues, Komainu dedicated by Takizo and Nami, first generation of Takinami.

Group of winery

Having winery is the proof of rich land

If you visited this place, would like you to look at the mountains.
The view of the grapevines over the surface of mountains plunges into the eyes.From there, you could see the people of the winery who grow the grapes with tender care.
Enjoy the unique taste of grapes made from the richness of the land called Okitama.

Nanyo sky park

Myself and sky. A moment of amusement

‘wanting to fly in the sky’
That dream comes true at the Nanyo sky park.
Flying the sky with paraglider or Hang glider while watching the famous peak of Yamagata and the beautiful countryside of 1000 hectares.
It will surely give unprecedented impression ever.

Lake Hakuryuuko

Reflecting the appearance of the hometown to lake surface.

Lake Hakuryuuko that shines like a mirror in a vast wetland.
The small lake reflects high blue sky, swings the surface by a refreshing breeze flowing through the Okitama valley.
And it convey the former unspoilt landscape.

Kumano Taisha shrine

Touch the essence of Kumano faith.

Kumano Taisha shrine has 1,200 years of history is called Ise shrine of Tohoku district.
The elegance is everywhere in the precincts, such as the 1000years old Great Ginkgo that soars at the entrance of the approach, the stone steps cause the sun to fall through the trees, and the magnificent shrines showing the majestic structure.
There is also a legend saying that your wishes come ture if you find hidden sculpted three rabbits behind the main shrine. It is one of the very place to visit if you are in Akayu Onsen

Uesugi Shrine, Denkoku no mori museum

Touch the history at the land of worshiping hero of civil wars

Uesugi Shrine worships Kenshin Uesugi as enshrined deity.
It is also know as a place that has a connection to the second generation of Uesugi, Kagekatsu and Kanetsugu Naoe who supported him.
And there is a statue of Yozan Uesugi pointing to the distance who rejuvenated Uesugi domain while overcoming many hardships, and achieved the reform of the government and realized the well-being of the people left behind the well-known saying of ‘If you try to do, it can be achieved, if you don’t, it will never be achieved. Achieving nothing is due to one’s own intention to not try.’
Next to the shrine is the ‘Denkoku Yonezawa Uesugi Museum’ which tells the history of Uesugi.

‘Toukou’

Sake made by water, rice and people of Yamagata.

Things build up sake, ‘Toukou’
That is the groundwater infiltrated the stratum which had flown from Azuma mountain as snowmelt.Rice grown with contracted farmers on blessed land.
And yonezawa’s natural features and climate and maker’s passion.
The moment of putting in mouth, you surely feel the blessings of great nature and the thoughts of brewery worker.
Sake brewery museum, ‘Sake storehouse of Toukou’ offers as well as visiting of sake breweries, also enjoy tastings of rare labels.

Nitta fabric

In every weave wholeheartedly.

Founding since 1884.
Producing a wide variety of textiles in a consistent process of dyeing and weaving using self-grown mogami safflower.
All of them reflect the colors and textures of nature.
Weaving the culture of Yonezawa in each weave.

Zao, Okama

The beautiful scenery created by nature.

Okama, could be called symbol of Zao.
Having beautiful water of emerald green in the crater that became kettle-like by the volcanic eruption, fascinated all the viewer by its mysterious figure.
Depending on the angle of the sunshine, the lake surface could be changed to various colors is one of the reason to attract people.
Engraving spectacular view created by Mother nature in memory.

Zao Cable car, trekking

A view of the four seasons overlooking from the sky.

In spring, the green carpets of trees and flowers sprout.
In summer, the beautiful contrast between the blue sky and the fresh green.
In autumn, the shape of autumn colors where the mountains shines. And in winter, the winter wonderland creates by frost-covered trees.
It is also a pleasure to experience the amazing view of Zao from the sky by a cable car If you would like to feel that attraction with the skin, it is also good to be embraced by Mother nature by trekking.

Large open-air bath in Zao onsen

Mountain stream open-air bath embraced by the majestic nature of Zao

Large open-air bath located in the great nature of the altitude of 900meter in west slope of the Zao Mountains range.
Baths built by natural stones, four stages in a row along mountain stream, capacity of 200 people in all together, gentlemen and ladies bath.Strongly acidic sulfur spring pours unceasingly and the spring quality is also rich in wild charm and strong originality just like a wild location.
Bathing moment filled in a sense of openness with the murmur of a stream and carol of birds as background music.

Yamadera

Touch the history at the sacred place of former ascetic training and faith

Risshakuji temple, Yamadera as common name was opened by Jikaku daishi Ennin, the mountain of Tendai sect, also known as the place where Basho Matsuo composed a haiku, ‘What stillness! The voices of the cicadas Penetrate the rocks. ‘ Going thorough the mountain gate, you can meet the scenery that reminds you of Japan’s good old scenery, such as the sound of birds cries swaying trees, and the sunlight inserted through the trees.
And everyone will surely be captivated by the wonderful scenery that spreads after climbing a long stone stairway.

Mt. Hagurosan

A sacred space watched over by great cedar trees.

Mt. Hagurosan, one of the Dewa sanzan, three mountains of Dewa It has been known as the center of mountain worship enough to be said ‘ Ise shrine visit of west, far inside visit of east Many historic buildings and historical sites are scattered about including Five-story pagoda, national treasure also the symbol of Mt. Hagurosan.

Mt. Yudonosan

What you saw and heard here should not be outspoken

Mt. Yudonosan known as one of the shrines of Dewa sanzan, the three mountains of Dewa together with Mt. Gassan and Mt. Hagurosan is a power spot that has been visited by many trainers and worshipers as a learning ground since ancient times.There is a Yudono Shrine half-way up the mountain where only the divine body is enshrined without having any shrine buildings.In the grounds of a shrine precinct, there is a rule ‘ Never speak, never listen to’ and that is only natural.

Mt. Gassan

Holy land of the mountain faith overgrown by beech primary forest

Mt. Gassan which forms ‘Dewa Sanzan, three mountains of Dewa’ together with Mt. Hagurosan and Mt. Yudonosan sits i the middle of Yamagata prefecture.As a holy ground of training field, it has collected the faith since ancient times and still leaves a mysterious atmosphere.
Make yourself a reward for the amazing view that could see Mt. Chokai, Asahi mountain range even Mt. Zao, awaiting you after finishing the route to follow while looking at the beautifully blooming alpine plants.
From Takinami to the climb starting point could be reached in about an hour by car.

Mt. Choukaisan

Holding nature in beautiful mountain

Yamagata prefecture’s highest peak, 2,236meter.
Not only the magnificent mountain called ‘Dewa Fuji’ but also the scenery from the top of the mountain is beautiful.
If you are good walker, would like you to love the superb view from the Shonai plain through to the Sea of Japan.And feel the blessing from nature of being surrounded by a beautiful view as far as the 360 degree view.

Nagai dam

Exploring the lake by bus, the summer-only activities.

Nagai Dam was built on the Okitamanogawa river where rich nature lives, beautiful contrast between the overgrown trees and the lush lake surface.
Every summer, the event able to tour the lake by an amphibious bus starting from the road station, ‘Kawano minato Nagai’ ( the port of river, Nagai) are held, you can feel the fresh green stretches the branches to cover the lake surface and the lake filled with clear water close at hand.

Submerged forest of Lake Shirakawa

A fantastic world, only in a month appears.

Spring.
Beautiful scenery appears on Lake Shirakawa in Iide Machi.
It can be seen only for about one month from the time of the thawing to the start of water to discharge.
A mystical view where fresh green tress float in the lake is a view of the world that forgets words.
If you canoe to the surface of a lake, you will experience otherworldly sensation.

Ryuushanhai

Well-known specialty of Akayu without saying.

One of Yamagata prefecture’s leading popular ramen shop.To begin with, recommending you to taste the famous ‘Akayu spicy miso ramen’.
The heart would be filled if you eat by dissolving the garlic chilly pepper paste using the Akayu specialty hot pepper in the rich flavorful soup.There is a bowl wanting to try even by queuing up.

icho cafe

Coffee time under the Great Ginkgo tree.

The foot of the Great Ginkgo that shows a majestic figure.
In a space surrounded by the warmth of the tree and refined design, hand-dripped coffee using beans of Yamagata’s popular own roasted coffee bean roastery, Washi Coffee, and food and drinks using local ingredients are served.
A moment of your heart rests on the side of God.

Noodle shop Aoi

Evolution-style Szechuan style sesame spicy noodles going one step further.

In search of the store’s proud Szechuan style sesame spicy noodle, people from distance also visit the shop.
Rich thick type soup tangled well with thick strong wavy noodle, drawing out the pleasant unforgettable aftertaste.Besides, light taste bowl or distinctive unique menu are also on the list.
Wanting you to feel the skill of careful ramen making with the taste.

Robata

In a remote area, there is a famous Mongolian mutton barbecue, Genghis Khan place.

Genghis Khan known as a Hokkaido speciality, but there is actually a theory that Zao says to be the origin of Mongolian mutton barbecue.At Robata, able to taste the thick fresh lamb meat dipped with homemade sauce combined the taste of soy sauce, garlic, fruits and vegetables.
Homemade local dishes made with mountain vegetables are also popular.The warm atmosphere created by family management is also a reason to attract many people.

Al-che-cciano

Including the love for Shonai on a plate.

Famous Italian restaurant, continues to stick to ingredients from Shonai.
The owner, Mr. Masayuki Okuda himself visits the producers and selects ingredients carefully, and provides dishes incorporating the benefits from the fields from the sea, mountains and rivers.
The arrangement that makes use of the color of the ingredients is just like one art.
Enjoy a number of premium dishes just like projecting the nature of Yamagata.

Morning tour of Takinami

Visiting around Okitama to start of the day

Morning tour of Takinami starts at 6:30.
Opening the profound Yakuimon gate, touring around the spots where the seasons shine strongly such as Mt. Jyuubuichiyama where the sea of coulds spreads below eyes or The Inarimori Aucient Tomb which boasts the largest scale in the prefecture, and the Eboshiyama park.See and touch the moment when nature wakes up in the crisp and clear air.

Playing in the mountain

Near the sky, the playground for adults

How about an grown-up’s playing in the mountain while looking down on the greenery spread in lower world.
A mountain walk aiming for a panoramic view from the mountain in Jyuubuichiyama close by Akayu Onsen.Or glamping with a glass of Akayu wine or fine coffee in one hand.
The way to play by soaking fully in nature is here.

A sea of clouds

The wave of clouds as far as the eye can reach which covers the city.

November, deep autumn.
The scenery of the sea of clouds over looking from Jyuubuichiyama would be engraved in memory which could never be forgotten from now on.
The scene as if a bale made of silk fluttering in the wind.
That is breathtakingly beautiful.

Paragliding

November, deep autumn.

The scenery of the sea of clouds over looking from Jyuubuichiyama would be engraved in memory which could never be forgotten from now on.
The scene as if a bale made of silk fluttering in the wind.
That is breathtakingly beautiful.

Paragliding

Play with the wind, to the world of sky

Mt. Jyuubuichiyama is a suitable place for paragliding enough the world competitions are also held.The scenery to fly the sky with riding an up-current of air is a picture unique to this area.
If it is a tandem flight that could be entrusted to an instructor, it is easier to go to the world of sky.
A little courage shows you the world you have never seen before.

Hanagasa dance

Feeling the elegance of traveling in traditional dance of Yamagata

Late afternoon after checking-in.
Staffs having hat with safflower decoration perform a flower-hat dance with the elegant traditional costume.
The beautiful dance appearance and the call-out of ‘Yassho maccasho’.
The scene impress the arrival in Yamagata strongly.

Japanese radish digging under the snow

Digging up the blessing of a snowy land

The ‘Japanese radish under the snow’ grew up enduring the cold has the sweetness and freshness like a Japanese pear.With the exclamation that food breathes under deep snow, with your hand, take a harvest.
The harvested radish would be served as dinner on that day.

Rice planting

The starting point of the top rice making in Japan

Takinami’s rice planting experience is exceptional.
What we plant is ‘Yumegokochi (dreamy comfort)’ made by Nobuhiko Kurosawa, one of the ‘masters of Yamagata organic farming’.
Doughy texture, sweetness transmitted at the moment putting in the mouth.
Softness, moderate stickiness…
Not just ‘dreamy comfort’ but first step of growing ‘Kurosawa’s dreamy comfort’ together.

Rice harvesting

The power of the earth dwells in each grain of rice

The exceptional taste of rice only comes from a exceptional way to grow it.
Increase the spacing between seedlings so that sufficient nutrients from the soil could be stored in rice.
No chemical fertilizers or pesticides are used.
The scenery is as if such process is reflected in the landscape of the autumn harvest.
Feel as the joy of harvest in your hands, even the thoughts of the masters who believed in the power of the land.

No.6 yeast national summit

The challenge and innovation leads by the origin of sake brewing

‘No.6 yeast’ is the oldest sake yeast that currently exists found in 1930 at Aramasa shuzo, sake brewery in Akita prefecture.
It used to be treasured priceless from reasons of ‘being strong in cold climate’ and ‘Gives a finish of living soft scents and fresh acidity’
‘No. 6 yeast’ was a candle flickering in the wind, but it has attracted people’s attention now after origin regression.
We hold parties to take pleasure with cuisine using ingredients of Yamagata and sake made using this yeast at Takinami.
Opportunities for further creation starts from this summit.

Firework festival

The summer fireworks looking up from the special seats.

The Kotokukai summer festival which has been exciting the summer of local over 30 years.
Enjoy the summer spirit of watching 2,000 fireworks while tasting free drinks at the special seats situated 300 meters away from the launch site after enjoying your dinner.
With feeling the sound, the force, and the light that blown beautifully, your summer memories would be created.