Murayama city is situated right in the middle of Yamagata prefecture and is well situated to use as a base to explore the prefecture and the wider area. The bullet train (shinkansen) direct from Tokyo stops here and busses run to Sendai frequently.
Only 30 minutes away by bike there are local hot springs to suit every taste and budget, from everyday baths for weary farmers to more sophisticated resorts.
Murayama cities festival takes place over 3 days at the end of August and turns this sleepy backwater into a bustling, crowded carnival with a parade of dancers, floats and bands.
Northern Japans biggest rose garden is only 10 minutes on foot. Just don't let the monkeys steal your ice-cream!
From the guest house there are limitless walking and biking routes that take you through picturesque paddy fields, orchards, and forests. Maps of the local area are available free of charge.
Japan is a nation of gourmets and even a small town like this has plenty of good places to eat and drink.
From sophisticated fine Japanese dining at Tatsuki to cheap and cheerful Ramen noodles, from 'yakitori' grilled chicken to soba noodle specialists and more, Murayama will surprise you with its excellent food. Just look for the red lanterns or ask our friendly Komeyakata staff for their reccomendations.
Murayama might not be Kyoto, but we are proud of our historical and beauitiful shrines and temples where we can guarantee peace and quiet (except during festival days!).