Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Yuzawa 湯沢町 Waterfall

Yuzawa is an onsen (hot spring) town located in the mountains of Niigata Prefecture. There are a large number of ski resorts in the area, and the town's economy is reliant principally on skiing and snowboarding. For those interested in Japanese literature, Yasunari Kawabata's classic novel Snow Country takes place in Yuzawa. Clearly it is not ski season however, the town still has plenty of natural alpine beauty and many hiking trails that take advantage of the lush green summer landscape. Pictured is a waterfall at the base of Mt. Omine, a short hike from the center of town.

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