10 days Tohoku Tour report – day5 Lake Tazawa to Sakata

Today, we we are moving from Lake Tazawa to the Japan Sea side. First, we headed to Kakunodate, also known as “Little Kyoto of the North,” which boasts historic samurai residences and beautiful cherry blossom trees. We parked our motorcycles along the river and leisurely strolled through the picturesque samurai residences, which date back to the Edo period and showcase traditional Japanese culture. The cherry blossoms were also in full bloom, and we enjoyed the beauty of Japan’s cherry blossoms as we watched their delicate petals dance in the breeze.
Next, we rode along the coastal road with Mount Chokai in the background and headed towards Minato-machi, a bustling port town in Sakata City, Yamagata Prefecture that was once a hub for Kitamaebune, or the northern sea trade route. Along the way, we were overwhelmed by the beauty of the sea and mountains and felt exhilarated as we rode along in the wind.
When we arrived in Sakata City, we indulged in delicious local sake and seafood. The dishes made with local ingredients were all superb, and the fresh seafood was particularly fantastic. Additionally, the sake brewed at local sake breweries was deep in flavor and absolutely delicious.
We plan to stay overnight in Sakata City tonight.