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Yamagata offers what it calls “Yamagata Hot Spring MICE” at hot spring hotels and inns within the prefecture, which are uniquely Japanese and distinguished from many hot springs and resort hotels around the world. International conferences at these Japanese-style hot spring hotels and inns will surely bring greater satisfaction to participants, especially those from outside Japan, and make their trip a memorable one.


Yamagata Airport→JR Yamagata Station:35 min. by airport shuttle
JR Tokyo Station→JR Yamagata Station:Minimum 2 hr. 26 min. by train (Yamagata Shinkansen)
JR Sendai Station→JR Yamagata Station:Minimum 1 hr. 11 min. by train (Senzan Line Express)
JR Sendai Station→JR Yamagata Station:1 hr. 7 min. by highway express bus

Venues overview

  Facility Rooms
Hotel 57 4,123
Ryokan 114 2,787
Total 171 6,910


Yamagata Convention Bureau

Pre-/Post-Convention Programs

Zao Ice Monsters
Zao Ice Monsters
  • Cherry-picking
    A quintessential Yamagata experience only available in the early summer
  • Zao Ice Monsters
    Weather patterns peculiar to Zao create juhyo, or ice monsters—trees covered with snow. Nighttime illuminations create a mystical atmosphere.

Support Programs for Convention

Support for bidding process
Category Type of Support Availability Languages
Site inspection Arranging an inspection trip for site selection
Support for hosting/preparation
Category Type of Support Availability Languages
PR Support for encouraging participation in the event
Supporting other PR activities
Conference and event preparation Providing information on PCOs, travel agencies and event management companies
Providing information on reception venues (including unique venues)
Providing information on related programs (local attractions, traditional performing arts, post-convention programs, sightseeing and hands-on experiences with Japanese culture for persons accompanying conference participants)
Providing tourism information
Requesting nominal support
Coordinating with relevant organizations
Conference and event operation Arranging reception venues (including unique venues)
Arranging volunteers
Setting up an information desk
Providing maps/guidebooks for participants
Arranging shuttle buses
Providing convention bags
Hospitality Welcome posters and digital signage English
Welcome message by the head of the local government
Providing discount tickets to tourist facilities
Providing discounts on public transportation
Dispatching tourism ambassadors
Related programs Making arrangements for attractions and traditional performing arts
Making arrangements for post-convention programs
Making arrangements for sightseeing and hands-on experiences of Japanese culture for persons accompanying conference participants
Arranging tour interpreters and guides English