One of Tohoku’s six prefectures is Yamagata, located just north of Niigata Prefecture along the coast. It's a hidden gem for travelers in search of authentic cultural experiences and outdoor activities.
You can’t miss them in their style-less camouflage clothes and olive helmets. Their straight white skis, fat white fiberglass poles with monster rings and leather-strap bindings holding in what looks like a light leather mountain boot.
The idea of this journey began to form shortly after I arrived in Japan nearly a decade ago. Spurred from a love of wild mountains and perfect waves, the trip lay dormant until I met Lena Stoffel and Aline Bock.
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