Yamagata Prefecture is one of 47 prefectures in Japan and is in Tohoku region. The prefecture has many winter attractions. One of the most popular ski resorts in Japan is in Zao Town which also has a good Onsen (hot spring). Tsuruoka City has many cultual assets which were built in the Meiji and Taisho eras. Yonezawa City is known for beef which is called Yonezawa-gyu. The American singer Rachel Yamagata's father is a third generation Japanese American, but has no relation to the prefecture.