Cities and towns of Akita
Yuzawa (湯沢市; yuzawa-shi) is a city at the southeastern corner of Akita Prefecture, along the border with Yamagata and Miyagi. It is southeast of Yurihonjo and south of Yokote.
- Yuzawa is accessible by train. The main station is Yuzawa Station (湯沢駅). By car, Yuzawa is located on Highway 13, which goes to Yokote and Daisen in the north, and Yamagata in the south. The expressway is free between Yuzawa and Yamagata — however, Yokote is not free.
- Akinomiya Museum (秋乃宮博物館), 字湯ノ岱１０６ (When coming from the NW, look for a large blue shrine where Route 108 curves left. The small side road branches off to the right in dangerous fashion. Follow the side road down the hill, turn right and then left at the only intersections, and park outside the large archway.), ☎ +81 0183 56-2608. 9AM-5PM. This fascinating museum is essentially a collection of historical objects. There are few explanations of what you're seeing, but most of it is rather obvious -- old records, comic books, toys, TVs, pachinko machines, etc. The museum building itself is an old house, and the owner often serves tea and snacks at no extra charge. There is bath in the basement, right next to the river, which also may be used at no extra charge. ¥500. (38.96011,140.530061) edit
- Takanoyu Onsen (鷹の湯温泉), Akinomiya, Denjō 1 (On Highway 108 in Akinomiya, roughly 3km SE of the Akinomiya Post Office.), ☎ +81 0183 56-2141. 11AM-3PM, last entry 2PM. This onsen, which is particularly pretty in the autumn, is located near a beautiful gorge and a man-made waterfall. There are indoor and outdoor baths for each gender, and a mixed bath (混浴, konyoku) near the gorge and waterfall. (38.955805,140.538826) edit
- Kawarage Ōyutaki (川原毛大湯滝), (From Highway 13 in southern Yuzawa City, take Highway 51 SE. After perhaps 3km, turn right and continue on Highway 51. After perhaps 7 km, turn right onto the narrow Highway 310 and follow the signs.). Road closed in winter. This outdoor hot spring is a short walk from the road. There is a large somewhat smelly bath fairly close to the road, and perhaps 10 minutes' walk from there is a waterfall. All of the pools are open for bathing. Bring a swimsuit. Free. (38.992421,140.600216) edit
- Kurikoma San Sō (栗駒山荘), 東成瀬村椿川字仁郷山国有林 (Located in Higashinaruse.), ☎ +81 0182 47-5111 (fax: +81 0182 47-5300), . This hotel and onsen has a wonderful view of Mt. Chokai. edit
- Caffe Gita, Aikawa, Nakayama 26 (In southern Yuzawa City, go east from Sukawa Elementary School, cross the train tracks and expressway, and follow signs up the hill.), ☎ +81 0183 79-3260, . 10AM-6PM. This shop has a good selection of coffee, by the bean or by the cup. They also have a small cake selection. edit
- Nakano Shoten (中野商店), Ōmachi 2 Chōme 1-1 (At the intersection of Highway 277 and San Road, the road to Yuzawa Station.), ☎ +81 0183 78-1136. This is a general store with various kitchen, gardening, and household goods, but it also has a large tobacco selection, including cigarettes, fancy lighters, pipes, and imported cigars in a humidor. There is a small smoking area, as well. edit
- Daigen (大元), Zaimoku 1, Chōme 3-46 (From Gusto on Highway 13, go a block east. The shop is on the south side of the road before the drainage ditch.), ☎ +81 0183 73-9737. F-Tu 11:30AM-5PM. The best miso ramen in Yuzawa. There's only counter seating, and the decor is eclectic. A side of chili paste is available on request, as is kimuchi. ¥500-900. (39.161353,140.490803) edit
- Ramen Pleco (ラーメンプレコ), Aikawa, Kaidōhigashi 1-5 (On the east side of Highway 13, about 1km north of Sukawa Elementary School.), ☎ +81 0183 79-3456. Tu W F Sa Su 11AM-3PM, 5PM-8:45PM; Th 11AM-3PM. A small shop with a wide selection of ramen. This shop stays open later than most other ramen shops in southern Yuzawa, making it a convenient stop. ¥500-1000. (39.09999,140.47931) edit
- Kikuchi Ryokan (菊地旅館), Kami-Innai, Kozawa 112-10 (On Highway 13, directly behind Innai Station in southern Yuzawa City.), ☎ +81 0183 52-2329. This restaurant serves Japanese food in large portions, and often serves local mountain vegetables (sansai). It is part of a ryokan. ¥500-1,500. (39.049219,140.412869) edit
- Beer Bar Rosso Corsa (ロッソコルサ), Omotemachi 2 Chōme 1-23 (In front of Yuzawa Station across from Marvi.), ☎ +81 0183 72-3661. Closed Sundays, unless the following Monday is a national holiday. This bar has a wide selection of beers from Japan and abroad, including Belgian Trappist brews. Obscure beers are more expensive, with prices varying depending on the master's mood. (39.1635,140.4885) edit
- Kushigoro (串ごろう), Omotemachi 4 Chōme 1-1 (On Highway 13, a traffic light north from Yuzawa Station.), ☎ +81 0183 72-2288. A small jazz bar with great music. edit
- Pocket Bar (ぽけっと), Omotemachi 2 Chōme 1-21 (In front of Yuzawa Station.), ☎ +81 0183 73-0200, . This bar has a great scotch selection. Some of their more obscure (expensive) scotch is not listed on the menu -- ask a waiter. edit
Some travelers sleep in their cars, which is typically not a problem. However, if you drink in the evening and sleep in your car, it is a good to use a personal breathalyzer before driving the next morning ‐ even a small amount of alcohol in your system makes driving illegal, and the police are known to watch for people who have slept in their cars.
- Yokobori Onsen Shiunkaku (横堀温泉 紫雲閣), Koshōji 16, Yokobori (From the Family Mart on Highway 108 in southern Yuzawa City, go NW for 1km.), ☎ +81 0183 52-4334 (fax: +81 0183 52-4166), . A ryokan with onsen and mineral bath. There is a small gift shop, and also a cafe with coffee and tea. One of the managers speaks English. Large rooms can be reserved for enkais or private gatherings. 1 night with dinner and breakfast for ¥10,000; other packages available. (39.062032,140.45439) edit
- Kikuchi Ryokan (菊地旅館), Kozawa 112-10, Kami-Innai (On Highway 13 directly behind Innai Station in southern Yuzawa City.), ☎ +81 0183 52-2329. checkin: 3PM. This ryokan has rooms for sleeping and a restaurant for meals. It's on the highway and by the train station, which may be convenient for people on the move. ¥5250 without meals; discounts for groups. (39.049219,140.412869) edit
- Akinomiya Sanso (秋ノ宮山荘), Denjō 1-1, Akinomiya (On the north side of Highway 108 in central Akinomiya.), ☎ +81 0183 56-2400, . This is a ryokan and onsen complex. It's quite large and can be reserved for private parties, though individuals are welcome, as well. (38.955488,140.541809) edit
- Yamagata prefecture lies to the south.
- In the SE, Mt. Chokai is a good day hike.
- To the north, consider visiting scenic Lake Tazawa.
- For something a little more metropolitan, go NW to Akita or NE to Morioka.
- The nearest shinkansen is the Komachi Shinkansen, passing through Omagari, an hour to the north of Yuzawa.
- Shinjo, 90 minutes by car or train to the south, is the northern terminus of the Yamagata Shinkansen.