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Regions of Japan

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Kanto Tokai Kansai Chugoku Shikoku Kyushu Okinawa Islands SAPPORO TOKYO NAGOYA OSAKA FUKUOKA FURANO KUSHIRO AOMORI SENDAI FUKUSHIMA NIKKO HAKONE SADO TAKAYAMA KANAZAWA ISE KYOTO NARA HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI KAGOSHIMA NAHA
Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • Hokkaido
Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare
Kanto
Kanto
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings

Relaxation

Echigo Yuzawa Onsen 越後湯沢温泉

Ski in famous snow country and then soothe your body and spirit in an 800-year-old hot spring

A historic hot spring resort area home to 16 skiing fields and just over an hour from Tokyo, Echigo-Yuzawa is a convenient resort close to the metropolis. This area is the backdrop of Yasunari Kawabata's Nobel Prize-winning novel “Snow Country.”

Don't Miss

  • Taking a dip in the hot springs after skiing or snowboarding
  • The Snow Festival in early March

How to Get There

Located a stone's-throw from Japan's capital, Echigo-Yuzawa is easily accessible via train and car.

From Tokyo Station, take the Joetsu Shinkansen to Echigo-Yuzawa Station. The ride takes about 80 minutes and is covered by the JR Rail Pass. Alternatively, drive from Tokyo for two hours on the Kanetsu Expressway. The closest interchange is Yuzawa IC.

Quick Facts

Echigo-Yuzawa is the setting for Yasunari Kawabata's Nobel Prize-winning novel “Snow Country”

There are thousands of outdoor hot baths in the Echigo area

Ski and snowboard near Tokyo

Located in the snow country of Niigata Prefecture, Echigo-Yuzawa receives a lot of snow for long periods of time each year. The snow here is fairly dry and powdery in texture, making the region ideal for skiing and snowboarding.

Age-old hot springs for ageless beauty

Besides its reputation for top notch skiing and snowboarding, Echigo-Yuzawa is famous for hot springs whose history stretches back some 800 years. There are at least seven hot springs in the vicinity. Some of them are outdoors. The views are extraordinarily soothing as the mountains are veiled by white in winter.

The spring water at Yuzawa Onsen is mildly alkaline, giving the water a softer feel. Alkaline baths are known for improving skin tone. The mineral properties are especially good for healing muscle and neuralgic pains — a great way to relax your body after a day on the ski slopes.

Komako-no-Yu

Of all the natural hot springs at Echigo-Yuzawa, Komako-no-Yu is the most popular. The spring water here contains calcium and sodium chloride. The building that houses this hot spring is in a nostalgic wooden building, with a tatami-mat lounge. There are exhibits related to Kawabata's “Snow Country” in some facilities.

Yuzawa Onsen Snow Festival

To warm spirits in the midst of cold winters, Yuzawa Onsen Town organizes a snow festival annually. It usually takes place in early March on the lower Nunoba slopes of the Yuzawa Kogen Ski Resort.

The highlights of the festival include a beautiful fireworks display, as well as unique events such as the Torch Descent. During this event, skiers ski down the slope holding torches and parading a portable snow shrine.

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