Spots in Yokote / Yuzawa / Kurikoma Area

  • Oyasukyo Daifunto
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    4.5
    87 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Akita Pref. Yuzawashi Minase Aratokoro
    Oyasukyo is a famous spot in Kurikoma Quasi-National Park, in Yuzawa City, Akita Prefecture. Located in a valley at 60 meter elevation, this hot spring is set apart by the boiling water and steam bubbling forth from bare rock. With its well-maintained trails, you can get a close look at the layers of bedrock holding back intense natural heat, with cracks letting out clouds of steam and hot water. It's also famous for its fall leaf viewing, and its popular sightseeing spot equipped with parking areas.

    We visited Oyasukyo Daifunto in July 2016 when exploring the Yokote area with our two young sons (age nearly 2 & nearly 4). This is a spectacular slice of nature and was lovely when we went in...

  • Oku Oyasu Valley Oyu Onsen Abe Ryokan
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    4.5
    43 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Akita Pref. Yuzawashi Minase Oyasuokuyama National Forest 34
    This off-the-beaten-track hot spring inn and its unspoiled natural setting is about two hours by car from Furukawa Interchange. It has a long history and retains its traditional atmosphere. It's a great spot to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and get in touch with the calm of nature and the seasons. Drop by for a break and try one of their four kinds of baths. They also have a natural river bath that's open between July and September. It's a clear simple sulfur spring that wells up from the riverbed that they block to form a pool, letting you soak and take in the expanse of the great outdoors.

    It’s take a train ride to Yuzawa Stn in Akita, followed by a bus ride to Oyasu Onsen to be picked up by the Ryokan bus. It’s remote (Hitou list of remote ryokans) but well worth the visit. Rooms are...

  • Roadside Station Kyowa
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    3.5
    39 Reviews
    Transportation
    Akita Pref. Daisenshi Kyouwarakawa Nitta Table 15-2
    This roadside station is along National Route 46. The direct sales center offers farm products brought fresh every morning. The Iseki Togei no Sato offers pottery classes. And since this is the only rest station on National Route 46, it is popular with long-distance drivers and has a large parking area.

    森に囲まれて広々とした道の駅、中で食べても良いのですが天気の良い日はテークアウトして外でアイスをいただく方が気持ちよくて良いですね。 店内もかなり広いです。売店の奥にはひっそりとジビエが売っていますが珍しいお肉が多く思わず目に留まり買ってみました。

  • Yokote Fureai Center Kamakura Hall
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    4.0
    54 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Akita Pref. Yokoteshi Chuoumachi 8-12
    This is a general purpose facility next to Yokote City Office in Chuo Town, Yokote City. There are a local specialty shop and concert hall inside. They have displays on Yokote traditional kamakura igloo making, and in the kamakura room there's a real Yokote snow-made kamakura igloo on display year-round.

    This museum is very small, but a great opportunity to experience the Kamakura if you are not in the season. The people at the reception door was very friendly.

  • Yokote Park Observation Deck
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    4.0
    52 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Akita Yokote Shiroyamamachi 29-1
    An observation deck located in Yokote Park in Shiroyama-machi, Yokote City. The observation deck is built to resemble a castle keep on the grounds of a former outer citadel (and is commonly called Yokote Castle). From the observation deck you can look out over the surrounding scenery including the Yokote Basin, Mt. Chokai, and the Yokote River. While the observation deck is closed from December to March it is briefly reopened in February during the Yokote Snow Festival.

    Took the Shinkansen to Omagari and then local to Yokote. Heavy snow so I took a taxi to the castle 1,600 yen. This was a day trip and I was unable to establish if there was any bus service during...

  • Akita Furusato Village
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    3.5
    20 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Akita Pref. Yokoteshi Akasaka Tomigasawa 62-46
    Akita Furusato Village kamakuland is a theme park for any weather consisting of a variety of facilities such as Starry sky expedition Museum SPACIA, the largest planetarium in the Tohoku region where visitors can enjoy exploring the starry sky, the Wonder Castle featuring trick art and a variety of play equipment, as well as the Industrial Arts Exhibition Hall of Akita traditional crafts, and the Akita Museum of Modern Art. The facility includes a studio where visitors can experience making homemade items and learn while playing. At the home cooking hall, you can also enjoy local cuisine and gourmet.

    お昼時でお客さんが多かったせいか、注文してから出来上がるまで結構待ちました。 注文してから作る割には熱々でもないし、甘めのソース味にひき肉とキャベツが入った極ふつうの焼きそばで、これがグランプリなのかなあと思う次第です。福神漬けが添えられているのも?です。まあ、食の好みは人様々ですので。

  • Masuda Tourism and Product Sales Center Kura no Eki
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    4.0
    31 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Akita Pref. Yokoteshi Masudamachimasuda Nakamachi 103
    This shop is the primary place to find local products from Masuda town in Yokote City, Akita Prefecture. They have apple and apple products, Japanese sweets, dried mochi and more, including miso and local sake. The building itself was donated to Yokote City by the Ishida family, who were highly active in the city's metal trade, and the Uchigura-area in the back is open to the public.

    国選定の重要伝統的建造物群保存地区である増田の町並み。国道342号線の四ッ谷角交差点あたりから、約400メートルに渡って内蔵のある古い商家などが並んでいます。

  • Roadside Station Misato
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    3.5
    14 Reviews
    Transportation
    Akita Senboku-gun Misatocho Kanezawa Shimodate 124
    Located about 15 minutes by car from Yokote Interchange on the Akita Expressway, this roadside station is in Misatocho Town, Senboku County, and was the setting for “Gosannen no eki” battle. Its nickname is “Gantaro.” With a vast parking lot fitting 100 vehicles, the fully retro building has a wholesaler and a restaurant. At the wholesaler, you will find specialty goods like akebi vine goods, as well as rice, pickles, and fresh vegetables from Sennan, Misatocho Town. Also, the restaurant has dishes that use Sennan-grown Akita-komachi rice and fresh vegetables.

    騎馬像が目印の駅です。以前はこじんまりとして本当にドライブの休憩で車で小休憩したりトイレを利用したりなどという感じでしたが今は美郷と名前も変えて近くにアウトドアのお店も出来だいぶ雰囲気も変わりました。大好きなミズモのグッツも購入可能ですがちょっとお値段が高くていつも見るだけで癒してもらってます。これからもっと農産物など増えて行ってもらいたい

  • Akita Museum of Modern Art
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    3.5
    19 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Akita Pref. Yokoteshi Akasaka Tomigasawa 62-46
    This museum was opened in 1994 in Yokote City, Akita Prefecture. It primarily exhibits modern works by Akita native or related artists. In addition, the Hi-Vision Gallery holds the museum's collection. The first floor has a Museum School offering regular lectures on art and many people participate.

    大好きな美術館です。久々ミュシャ展で行きました。コロナの事もあり中止になってはいけないと思って初日に行きました。ミュシャは本場のプラハの美術館でも何度も見てるお気に入りの画家です。ミュシャはサラベルナールをモチーフとした華やかな女性の絵も好きなのですが、スラヴ叙事詩の故郷のスラヴ人...

  • Sato Yosuke Main Shop
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    4.5
    16 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Akita Pref. Yuzawashi Inaniwachou Inaniwa 80
    The Sato Yosuke Flagship shop was founded in 1860, controls every step of the process meticulously, from ingredient selection to shipping, and manages everything in-house for their Inaniwa Dried Udon. At the Flagship Store, not only can you try the shop's products on-site off their full menu, you can also watch the master makers at work on a tour of the factory. There is also an attached tourist information center and shop selling Akita specialties.

    稲庭饂飩といえば佐藤養助。GWに湯沢へ行ったので、稲庭にある総本店へ行きました。少し離れた駐車場へ車を駐めると、交通整理の方が別館養心館の方が待ち時間が短いと教えてくれました。確かに総本店だと1時間待ちでしたが、20分ほどで入ることができました。二味せいろなどは食べたことがあるので、温麺のついた比内地鶏ごはんセットと温玉肉味噌つけうどんにしました。温玉肉味噌つけうどんは少し味が濃く、薄めながら食べ...

  • Ryozeki Shuzo
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    4.0
    11 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Akita Pref. Yuzawashi Maemori 4-3-18
    This sake brewery was founded in 1874. It makes Ryozeki Nihonshu using the famous Chikaramizu water that flows from the Mt. Kurikoma mountain system. A tour of the sake brewery is available with a reservation, and tasting is also possible in the sales corner. In addition, there is a Brewery Tour Commemoratory Sake, which can only be purchased in the brewery, that is also very popular.

    Hard to visit sake breweries if you are not part of a guided tour. I am not into sake but I hit this area as it was near my hotel in Yuzawa and I was finished traveling for the day. The lady at the...

  • Roadside Station Kamioka
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    4.5
    2 Reviews
    Transportation
    Akita Pref. Daisenshi Kitanaraoka Funato 187
    This roadside station is along National Route 13 in northern Daisen City, Akita Prefecture. It offers a wide variety of fresh local farm goods and products made in collaboration with Aji Douraku no Sato. There is also a rest area, and is a popular local community center. The only Ichirizuka historic distance marker in Akita is nearby.

    秋田県大仙市にある道の駅、かみおか 茶屋っこ一里塚。 レストランとお土産コーナーがありました。 値段は少し高めの観光地設定でした。

  • Gosannen War Kanazawa Archives
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    4.0
    9 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Akita Yokote Kanezawa Nakano Negoya 102-4
    A museum located along National Route 13 in Negoya, Kanezawa-nakano , Yokote City. It's in the Kanezawa region which was the ancient battlefield of the Gosannen War during the later part of the Heian Period (794-1185). Their collection is made of materials related to the Gosannen War including a series of pictorials describing the state of the battle. Also on display are treasured items from Kanezawa Hachimangu shrine and artifacts from nearby archaeological digs including the Otoriiyama Ruins, a nationally designated historical site.

    多少でも歴史に興味があるなら近くに行ったらぜひ訪れてみてください。金沢公園(金沢柵)、沼の柵も一緒に。値段の割には良い資料館だと思います。後三年の役がメインですが、佐竹義重公の甲冑も展示されています。

  • Meisui-ichiba Yutaro
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    3.5
    9 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Akita Senboku-gun Misato Cho Rokugo Umamachi 83
    A commercial complex standing on Teramachi-dori Street in Uma-machi Rokugo, Misato Town, Senboku County, Akita Prefecture. Operating out of a remodeled sake warehouse built in the Meiji period, tenants include Genpatey, a restaurant serving tuna cuisine; Yamacho, a cafe where you can enjoy coffee made with famous spring water; shops selling vegetables and renowned confections; a craft studio; and a tourist information center. The adjoining multipurpose hall is used as a community gathering space.

    漆黒と白の壁が美しい建物です。六郷湧水群を歩いて回るために車を停めさせてもらいました。中に入ると立派な内蔵があり、もともと酒蔵として使われていたそうです。さらに観光案内所もあって親切な係員の方が声をかけてくださいました。

  • Daisen Tourist Information Center Grand Pole
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    3.5
    9 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Akita Daisen-shi Omagaritorimachi 6-5 Omagari Sta. 2F
    A tourist information center located within Omagari Station in Omagaritori-machi, Daisen City. They offer tourist information for Daisen City as well as the rest of the prefecture. In the attached souvenir shop they sell a variety of goods related to Omagari fireworks as well as local sake and other products.

    I walked in out of curiosity and was pleasantly surprised by their willingness to help. The staff actually walked me halfway to the destination i enquired about. Even though there was a language...

  • Yojiro Ishizaka Memorial Hall
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    3.5
    8 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Akita Yokote Saiwaicho 2-10
    A memorial hall located along Prefectural Route 272 in Saiwai-cho, Yokote City. On display are materials related to novelist Yojiro Ishizaka who worked as a teacher in the Yokote area for nearly 13 years. The building itself is built to resemble a townhouse and storehouse from the early Showa Period.

    日本の高度成長期に活躍なさった、横手市輩出の偉人。よねや医師町店のそばにあって、場所も分かり易いと思います。青い山脈は帰りにブックオフに行って買いました。

  • Suzuki Syuzo
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    4.5
    6 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Akita Pref. Daisenshi Nagano Futsukamachi 9
    This long-established sake brewery was founded in 1689. It uses water from underground streams in the Ou Mountains to make Hideyoshi Nihonshu. The brewery has a wide range of products such as Daiginjo sake and sparkling seishu. Visitors can take a tour of the brewery, where they can view exhibits of the historic Suzuki family collection, as well as valuable gifts donated by Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Oda Nobunaga.

    Tours are offered in English or Japanese. Learned all about the sake making process, the history of this brewery, and got to sample some of the sake they make (all were delicious).

  • Roadside Station Nakasen
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    3.0
    1 Reviews
    Transportation
    Akita Pref. Daisenshi Nagano Takabatake 95-1
    This Roadside Station is along National Route 105 in Daisen City, Akita Prefecture. At the direct sales center Fresh Vegetables Donban, you can buy fresh picked vegetables daily. The shop and restaurant sell goods made with local specialty Tochucha tea and dishes made with Tochu pork. With a rest room and information center, it's popular with locals and tourists alike.

    大仙市にはお土産を扱うお店が少ないなので、同市内であればこの施設でお土産を買うのは必然です。花火でここで訪れた時に他の観光地に行かない場合は、ここを訪れた方がいいですね。

  • Roadside Station Jumonji
    Transportation
    Akita Pref. Yokoteshi Jumonjimachi Kaidoushita 21-4
    This roadside station is along National Route 13. The direct sales center has fresh vegetables and, in season, cherries and apples. The restaurants serve Jumonji Ramen and Yokote Yakisoba, among other Akita low-brown cuisine. Every weekend, there are activities led by local volunteers, and the area is popular as a community spot with locals.
  • Kamioka Gakuyukan Museum
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    4.0
    5 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Akita Daisen-shi Jinguji Shitagawara Zenkai 102
    A museum located in Maebiraki, shita-gawara, Jinguji, Daisen City. This area is believed to be the birthplace of boy's baseball in Japan and the sport still flourishes here today; in turn, this museum contains exhibits on professional and amateur baseball in Japan and around the world. The museum also has a library and theater room and additionally serves as a multipurpose hall.

    大仙市にある施設、かみおか嶽雄館。 日帰り温泉があり、宿泊もできるようになっていました。 駐車場が広く温泉も400円と格安でした。

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Famed for its sake and samurai, Akita prefecture offers quintessential Japanese culture in a non-touristy setting. Alongside the celebrated rice paddies and historical sites of the region lies dramatic natural scenery in the form of the rugged coastline of the Oga Peninsula and the Dakigaeri Gorge, best visited in autumn, when the leaves begin to change color.

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