Yuzawa Journals

Echigoyuzawa in the summer

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An August 1998 trip to Yuzawa by VagabondPoet

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Quote: A Canadian traveler experieces camping in rural Japan, the Japanese Bathhouse and the comfort of cultural integration in silence and nakedness.

Echigoyuzawa in the summer

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Overview

Map of Area Photo, Yuzawa, Japan
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Echigoyuzawa is the train station stop to Yuzawa, one of the prime locations for skiing just outside of Tokyo. The ever-popular ski mountain Iwappara, is home to thousands of skiers each winter. However if stumbled upon in the summertime, Echigiyuzawa reveals itself as one of Japans most beautiful camping and hiking districts for the casual hiker. Quick Tips: The station office is full of maps (see photo)and broken English directions. Some of the less detailed maps are in English, however I tracked down a campsite by a picture of a tent. After a day of walking through forests and along small dirt roads, we set camp. Sleeping peacefully next to a creek sheltered by mountains and ge...Read More
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For less than 20 US dollars, we received a tent plot, a stack of wood and kindling. We were able to choose amongst 30 plots of land and chose one right on the river. There were outhouses, washing stations and signs leading to good fishing spots, hiking trails and waterfalls.

The owners of the campsite speak very little english but are friendly and willing to go out of their way to make the stay memorable. The site is open between May and October, the busiest time being between June and August.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 1, 2000

Daigenta Canyon

Yuzawa, Japan
(025) 789-3536

Daigenta Canyon Ramen

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Restaurant

Daigenta Canyon Ramen Photo, Yuzawa, Japan
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At the entrance to the campsite lies a small outdoor ramen restaurant. Ramen, a traditional Japanese dish of hot broth and noodles makes a perfect feast before a day of full hiking.
The chef, a cheerful, chatty obasan (elderly Japanese woman) cooks the ramen right at time of ordering and will explain whole heartedly in Japanese what she predicts the weather will be for the day.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 1, 2000

Daigenta Canyon Ramen
At campsite
Yuzawa, Japan
0257 (87) 3191

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