Food and Drink

Yamagata produces some of the best food and drink in the country. Come and taste for yourself!


Fresh snowmelt water feeds the paddy fields of Yamagata and the resulting rice is of top quality. From good rice and clear springwater we get one of Yamagata's most famous exports - Sake.
Served piping hot in Winter or chilled in Summer, Sake offers a real Japanese experience every time.



Soba noodles are made from buckweat. Often served cold with a dipping sauce these are a real local speciality. 

Don't make the elementary mistake of pouring the sauce over the noodles! Dip the noodles into the sauce and then slurp them up, the louder the slurping noise you make the better. In an authentic soba restaurant, the water the noodles were boiled in will be brought to your table in a special teapot, when you have finished your noodles pour this hot water into whats left of your dipping sauce to make 'soba tea' a refreshing after meal drink.   


Everywhere in Japan thinks that their ramen noodles are the best in the country, if you have a few years and plenty of cash to spare why not try them all and decide for yourself? Alternatively just come straight to Yamagata and try the best.


You name it we grow it in Yamagata. Cherries, apples, pears, Japanese pears, persimmoms, plums, strawberries, grapes......

Costing around $50 per kilo Yamagata cherries are perhaps some of the most expensive fruit in the world, but here at the Komeyakata guesthouse if your really lucky you might just get a taste.


Yamagata cherries!
Yamagata cherries!


In the Autumn when the weather is warm, but not too hot, Yamagata people head to the riverbanks to have an imoni party. A big stew of taro potatoes and beef in a soy sauce flavour soup, cooked on an open fire. 

Make sure to try the real thing and take no notice of foolish city people from Sendai who try to tell you that imoni is made with pork in a miso flavour soup....yuck!

Yamagata Beef

Try it raw as sushi. This is worth coming to Yamagata for.