Tendo is Yamagata's land of fruit, home to vast orchards producing cherries and pears and one of the prefectures premier hot spring resorts.
Tendo is accessible by train.
Take the Ou Line towards Shinjo from Yamagata station, stopping at Tendominami and walk 15 minutes from there.
Since 1911, more than 11 Japanese-style inns and two public bathing centers welcome tourists and locals in Tendo. From foot baths to sprawling outdoor hot springs, you'll find plenty of opportunities to submerge yourself during your stay in the city.
Tendo has the ideal climate for cultivating fruits, and while you're in town, you'll quickly discover jams, jellies, cookies, desserts, and juices bursting with mouthwatering local fruits. These range from La France pears, crisp apples and juicy peaches, to Yamagata's most famous export, cherries.
Since the Edo era, Tendo has played an important role in the production and manufacture of Japanese “Shogi" chess pieces. Many events and games are organized through the year to celebrate the traditional game.
The most famous is in spring when people dress up as human chess pieces for "Ningen Shogi” and play the game out on a human scale. Sit amongst the blooming trees and watch the human pieces play out games of Shogi.