Sunday, February 12, 2017

Yamagata/Miyagi Trip (Part 2)

Continuing off from my previous post, on the 2nd Day of the trip, we went to visit the Bunshokan (Yamagata Prefecture Local Museum), the former prefectural government office and prefectural assembly hall. Admission is free and you can take a tour of the exhibits + meeting rooms there. It was once used as the location for the shooting of one of the Rurounin Kenshin movies! Photos were allowed so...:D

Next, we went to the Yamagata Snow Festival at Sagae, a town known for its cherries (sad that it wasn't the season for it though...)!! Although it's not as big as the Sapporo one (I need to go there one day), the scenery there is just so beautiful and the sculptures are adorable!

Here's one of the town mascot, Cherrin!

 And Totoro!!
Mogami River sparkling under the sun!

There were fireworks and illuminations at night but a pity we had to leave for Miyagi after lunch...
BUT! To make up for that, we went to the Shiroishi Castle, the residence of the Katakura Clan who served the Date family! The view from the castle was really pretty!

View from the top floor

After which was dinner time and onsen at the Miyagi Zao area.

Back of the Torii leading to the mountains (We didn't go up the mountains though!)

A nearby river once you enter the Torii

That's about it this time! Look out for Part 3 next week!

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