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The Yonezawa Treasure Photography Contest 2020 is Open for Submissions!

The ongoing COVID-19 situation has had a large impact on tourism sites and their operations in Yonezawa. In order to attract visitors from within and outside of Yamagata Prefecture when the situation returns to normal, we will host a photography contest on social media that showcases the best aspects of Yonezawa to Japan and the rest of the world. The title of the contest is the Yonezawa Treasure Contest 2020. 


Pictures taken in the past are okay to submit as well! As someone who has visited one of Yonezawa’s tourism locations, feel free to participate in the contest and show others the great locations that the city has to offer. The winners of the contest will be sent prizes such as onsen lodging vouchers and gift certificates for Yonezawa beef. The full details can be found below.



1. Contest Entry Period


July 6 (Mon.), 2020 - August 31 (Mon.), 2020


2. Contest Information


The contest will be judged along three separate categories: scenery, food, and funny pictures.


Please post the pictures that you took on either Instagram or Twitter, along with the location that they were taken. Additionally, make sure to include the four following hashtags:


#米撮 #〇〇部門 #ビシャモン #国内旅行


The circles in the second hashtag above indicate the category that is being entered. Please feel free to copy and paste the one that matches your submission from below.


Scenery: #風景部門
Food: #食べ物部門
Funny: #おもしろ部門


After the contest period concludes, the submissions will be judged, and vouchers for onsen lodging and gift certificates for Yonezawa beef will be sent out to the winners.


3. Prizes


Prizes are available for each category.


• First Place Prize (One Winner)
    Yonezawa Onsen Voucher (20,000 yen value)
    (Can be used at any of Yonezawa’s eight onsen locations)


• Second Place Prize (One Winner)
    Yonezawa Onsen Voucher (10,000 yen value)
    (Can be used at any of Yonezawa’s eight onsen locations)


• Third Place Prize (Three Winners)

Yonezawa Beef Gift Certificate (5000 yen value)


4. Judging Process


Date: September 3 (Thurs.), 2020

Judges: Yonezawa Junior Chamber Board Chairman, Yonezawa Department of Industry, Tourism Division Section Chief, Contest Organizing Committee


5. Announcement of Results


Winners will be contacted via direct message by September 5 (Sat.), 2020. Please make sure that your account settings enable you to receive direct messages from the contest administration. Additionally, the pictures will be uploaded to the official contest account pages.


6. Things to Note


1. Physical photographs cannot be submitted to the contest.
2. Those with accounts set to private mode are unable to enter.
3. There is no limit on submissions, but please only attach one photograph to each post.


7. Inquiries


Yonezawa Junior Chamber


Phone number: 0238-29-0336
Email address: info@yonezawajc.net


Yonezawa Department of Industry, Tourism Division
Phone number: 0238-22-5111 (extension 3821)
Email address: kankokikaku-t@city.yonezawa.yamagata.jp
Email address (English inquiries): tourism@city.yonezawa.yamagata.jp


Nagomitei, the Japanese Style Cafe, has Reopened as of July 2!


  • Nagomitei, the Japanese Style Cafe, has Reopened as of July 2! <p>(汉语・한국어)</p>

Since July 2 (Thurs.), Nagomitei has been open for customers! We hope the wait didn’t feel too long.


Nagomitei is located next to the main entrance to Hakushakutei, a site designated by the Japanese government as a tangible cultural property. Hakushakutei can be found on the southern side of the premises of Uesugi Shrine, the center of sightseeing in Yonezawa. Nagomitei offers visitors an opportunity to enjoy a Japanese style cafe and to wear traditional Japanese attire.


There are many drink options available, such as lattes and matcha. Please feel free to stop by sometime!


Location: Nagomitei, Yonezawa Marunouchi 1-3-60, Uesugi Hakushakutei (Near the Main Entrance)


Open Hours: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Closed Days: Wednesdays (also not open during the months of December - March)


Inquiries: Uesugi Hakushakutei
                Phone number - 0238-21-5121




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Cancellation of The Yonezawa Uesugi Festival and Nasebanaru Fall Festival for 2020

  • Cancellation of The Yonezawa Uesugi Festival and Nasebanaru Fall Festival for 2020

The 2020 Yonezawa Uesugi Festival (originally postponed to the fall) and the 2020 Nasebanaru Fall Festival have been cancelled in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.


During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Shiki no Matsuri Committee has held many meetings evaluating whether or not to hold these two festivals by referencing and paying close attention to how other events have been handled at the national and prefectural levels. The committee has ultimately decided that there are multiple factors that make holding the festivals difficult. Upholding an environment in which visitors can avoid “the Three Cs” (closed spaces, crowded places, and close-contact settings) appears difficult with the current situation. Additionally, local students were planning to hold performances at the festivals, but schools have expressed concern about the students participating. Due to these reasons, the festivals will not be held in 2020.


We know that many were looking forward to participating in the festivals. However, with the health and safety of visitors to the festival in mind, the decision to not hold the festivals was made.


We thank you for your understanding and hope to see you at the festivals next year.


Cancellation of the 40th Onogawa Onsen Firefly Festival

  • Cancellation of the 40th Onogawa Onsen Firefly Festival

In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the 40th Onogawa Onsen Firefly Festival has been cancelled.


Visitors are still welcome to come view the fireflies though, so please feel free to stop by the onsen to enjoy the spectacle!


- Firefly Viewing Information -
Mid-June to mid-July
• Around 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
• Location: Onogawa Onsen Firefly Park
• In order to environmentally protect the area in which the fireflies live, please make sure to closely adhere to the following guidelines.


1. Do not use the flash on cameras or other types of light
2. Do not touch or capture the fireflies
3. Take any trash that you have with you
4. Do not yell or make loud noises


We ask for your cooperation in following the guidelines in order to protect the fireflies.


Firefly Tours


Open Period: June 20 (Sat.) - July 19 (Sun.)
        Tours will be conducted on Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday during the open period


Meeting Location: Onogawa Onsen Kataha no Ashi


Time: Tours begin at 8:00 pm


Participation: Anyone is free to participate


Fee: Free


Lottery: Participants can draw tickets to potentially win prizes such as hotel vouchers or Yonezawa beef.


Additional Information: • In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, please make sure to wear a mask when attending.
• Please write your name and address before drawing for the lottery.
• The period that the tour is held may change depending on when the fireflies appear.
Firefly tour flyer (PDF) (Japanese)


Organizer: Firefly Festival Executive Committee


Cosponsors: Onogawa Onsen Tourism Convention/Yonezawa Firefly Enthusiast Association


For more information, please visit the firefly festival website!


Current Business Operation Status of Yonezawa Tourist Facilities Due to COVID-19 (As of June 22)

  • Current Business Operation Status of Yonezawa Tourist Facilities Due to COVID-19 (As of June 22)

Going along with our efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we will provide information about the business status of the major tourist facilities within Yonezawa.


The information here may be subject to change depending on how the situation develops going forward.


Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.