Sakata, Japan — From Fame to Obscurity, but the Beauty Lives On

A former trading hub, Sakata holds hidden treasures

The blue-green waters of Maruike reflect the surrounding foliage.
Maruike Lake, Sakata. (All photos ©Diane Tincher, unless otherwise noted.)

I’d long been curious to visit the city of Sakata on the coast of Yamagata prefecture in northern Japan. Although far removed from the big cities of Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka, in years gone by, this quiet city was once a…



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