The winter season brings the "Snow Monster" out of its slumber, turning the landscape around Yamagata Zao Onsen Ski Resort into a magical and otherwoldly place. The sight of frost-covered trees lined across the landscape is an unforgettable moment indeed. The prefecture is also home to Ginzan Onsen - a picturesque spa town that is rumored to be the inspiration for the movie 'Spirited Away'. When winter comes around, the snow makes the town look like as if entering a scene from a movie. The prefecture also grows cherries where you can enjoy picking them every June and July.