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Tohoku --Akita’s Winter Must Do-s!



If you are a fan of Onsen (hot spring) and plan to visit Akita, the legendary Tsuru no Yu Onsen in Nyuto Onsen area is a must! Nyuto Onsen is home to various ryokan and onsen. Warm milky waters with thick blanketing snow during winter, it’s also a rare mixed-gender, open air bath; this easily could be the main attraction of Semboku city. 



About 30 minutes’ drive from the almost-alpine-route of Tsuru no Yu - Sengan Tōge Chaya is tucked neatly at the side of a scenic cliff along National Route 46. Locally known for its steaming hot oden (one pot stew). A great place to stop by for a meal before heading to Tsuru no Yu for a dip. Variety of noodles is also available, and you can never go wrong with the classic Charshu Ramen. 


It overlooks the whole valley and if you are lucky (and timed well), you will be able to catch sight of Akita Komachi shinkansen (bullet train) while enjoying your meal! 


Places of interest to visit nearby : 

  • Dakigaeri Valley- roughly 45 minutes drive from Tsuru no Yu Onsen. A large valley with beautiful panoramic views. 
  • Tips: best visited during summer and autumn as the routes leading into the Tama River hike are closed during winter.
  • Hachiko’s Birthplace - near Odate Station, about 2 hours drive from Tsuru no Yu Onsen, you will be able to see the home that Hachiko (an Akita breed dog famous for its loyalty towards its owner) was born in. A public toilet in the shape of Akita Inu was also erected across the street! 


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