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Nature & History

Mt. Chokai


Mt. Chokai is the highest independent peak in the Tohoku District of Japan, standing 2,236 meters high on the border between Akita and Yamagata Prefectures. Also called Dewa Fuji or Mt. Fuji of Dewa since old days, the mountain has been worshiped as a subject of religious belief by the local people.  The Chokai-kogen Highland, with the Chokai National Park in the center, has an abundance of rich nature, which includes beech forests, spring waters, gatherings of  “mizubasho” (Japanese skunk cabbage), Ryugahara Marsh,  Zenjin-numa Pond, known for a view of “sakasa Chokai”  or an upside-down Chokai,( a reflection of  the mountain on the surface of water) and the famous Hottai-no-taki Waterfalls, one of the top 100 most beautiful falls of Japan.



The Japan Sea



Take a drive on Route 7 along the Japan Sea coastline to south, and enjoy beautiful views of the ocean and sunset. Yurihonjo City has quite a few sand beaches including the three major swimming beaches (Nishime, Honjo Marina and Michikawa) and a lot of people also enjoy marine sports such as surfing, rowing a boat and yachting. Fishing ports are also well maintained.  Delicious seafood is available at nearby restaurants in “michi-no-eki”(road stations), inns and hotels.








The city has a long history and maintains a lot of historical sites, including Yosen-ji Temple, Honjo Park (constructed at the Honjo Castle ruin), Amasagigo Village, Tsuchida Family Residence, Oriwatari Sentai Jizo (a thousand stone statues of jizo) and Akata-no-Daibutsu( Great Buddha of Akata.)

Folklore from the old days includes unique performing arts and festivals, for example, Honkai-bangaku(a traditional dance) of Chokai, Sakanoshita-bangaku of  Yashima,  Yashiki-bangaku of Yuri,  Akata Daibutsu Festival of Honjo and Shishi-odori (lion dance) of Hikiji Town



Nature & History


Yurihonjo City Tourist Association 17 Ozaki, Yurihonjo City, Akita Prefecture TEL 0184-24-6376 FAX 0184-24-3044