Yugawara, a Town of Onsen Hot Springs and Smiles amongst Seasonal Beauty
Yugawara lies at the southwestern end of Kanagawa Prefecture facing Sagami Bay and is surrounded by the Hakone Gairin mountains on three sides. Blessed with natural beauty and a relatively mild climate, a number of poets in the Nara Period praised the attractions of Yugawara in their poems complied in the Man’yoshu anthology. Many of Yugawara’s hot springs are acclaimed for their curative properties on those convalescing from an illness and a large number of famous people have visited for this purpose. Day-trips include a hot spring visit, sea bathing at the beach, orange picking, hiking, and more – Yugawara welcomes visitors to fully enjoy the best attractions of the season throughout the year. During the Plum Festival at the Yugawara Plum Grove, red and white blossoms cover the entire mountain slope as if it were a carpet of plum flowers.
Sightseeing Highlights in Yugawara
Kogome-no Yu Public Hot Spring
A casual hot spring with an open-air bath accepting day-bathers.
Fine art works by Seiho Takeuchi and other Japanese artists who loved Yugawara are exhibited.
Great hiking destination all year round, particularly in early spring during plum blossom time.
Flowers and plants introduced in the poems depicting Yugawara in the Man’yoshu (ancient anthology of poems compiled around the 8th century) are grown here.
Doppo-no Yu Hot Spring
A unique hot foot bath combining Japanese hot spring and massage.
A beautiful waterfall enshrining the Buddhist deity, Fudo Myo-o.
Important Annual Events in Yugawara
An old story tells of local people from Yugawara bringing hot spring water to the shogun in the Edo period. Based on this story, people throw hot water from the roadside onto the mikoshi portable shrine as it passes through the town.
Satsuki-no Sato (Yuai Bell)
Firework Festival at Sea
Noryo Summer Festival
Momiji-no Sato & Tea Ceremony Room
Ikemine Momiji-no Sato is a newly opened, must-visit tourist attraction in the Okuyugawara area which is famous for autumn colored leaves. There are about 540 maples trees growing in the garden welcoming visitors to an outstandingly colorful world.
Traditional Crafts of Yugawara
Using clay from Yugawara, fine ceramic works; cups, vases and tea ceremony utensils, are fired in the traditional climbing kiln set on the hill overlooking Sagami Bay.
Food & Specialties of Yugawara
Many varieties of Japanese oranges, including Aoshima Mikan, are grown in the town. Handmade fresh juice is available for only a limited time in the year.
Fresh seafood caught in the sea around Yugawara (horse mackerel, squid, etc.) are simply dried and become savory specialties.
A traditional Japanese dumpling made using rice flower, millet, soybean powder and local spring water.
Grated sesame, Tobanjan (spicy Chinese bean paste) and other spices complete this hot but tasty fried noodle dish. Each restaurant serves its original Tantan Yakisoba, so try one or more and enjoy the local taste of Yugawara.
- Yugawara Station on JR Tokaido Line
- Yugawara Town Tourism Section
- TEL：0465-63-2111 (extension: 712-714) / FAX：0465-64-0300
- E-mail： email@example.com
- URL： http://www.town.yugawara.kanagawa.jp/