Shinjo (新庄市; shinjō-shi) is a city in Yamagata prefecture.
Shinjo is a small city in the north of Yamagata prefecture that is notable for being the end of the shinkansen line. It is also the shopping hub for the region.
Winters in Shinjo can be rather cold, which leads to a lot of snow and good skiing. Summers are very nice for outdoor activities, though the rainy season (around July) is very wet. The spring and fall can be quite nice, though planning visits well in advance can be difficult, because the time of change from winter to spring and fall to winter varies from year to year. Like in much of Japan, spring cherry blossom viewing is quite enjoyable.
Shinjo is the northern terminus of the Yamagata Shinkansen from Tokyo. Coming by air would be inconvenient compared with train. The nearest airports are in Sakata and Yamagata. For those traveling by car, Shinjo is on Highway 13, going to Yamagata in the south and Akita in the north. An expressway between Yamagata and Shinjo is under construction; currently only the northern portion is finished. Night buses go to and from Tokyo.
There is limited bus service. Traveling by car is the easiest way to go.