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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.


Climate Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Daily highs (°C) 2 3 7 15 21 25 27 29 25 18 11 5
Nightly lows (°C) -4 -4 -2 3 10 15 19 20 16 9 3 -1
Precipitation (mm) 181 145 112 98 107 131 186 175 153 152 195 211

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.

Get in[edit]

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.

  • Shinjo Station (新庄駅), 多門町1-1, +81 0233 22-5580, [1]. This station has a large free parking lot where travelers can leave their cars for several weeks with no problems.  edit

Get around[edit]

There is limited bus service. Traveling by car is the easiest way to go.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Shinjō Festival (新庄祭り), [2]. Aug 24-26. This annual 3-day festival, held since 1755, has a parade and traditional dancing.  edit

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Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Takahashi Nittō Shoten (高橋日東商店), 若葉町7−33 (Next door to Green Hotel Shinjo.), +81 0233-22-0711. This liquor store is one of the only places in the region that has a decent selection of Belgian beer. It also has a lot of Japanese liquor and sake. (38.761619,140.303768) edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Kurumaya Ramen (くるまやラーメン), 五日町1317−1 (At the intersection of Highway 13 and Highway 312, roughly 2km north of Shinjo Station.), +81 0233-23-4755, [3]. M-F 11AM-3AM, Su 11AM-midnight. This shop has tasty miso ramen. Main dishes ¥500-1000. (38.771674,140.310326) edit

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Get out[edit]

Routes through Shinjo
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