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Master Yugawa’s Godan Falls! Gorgeous momiji leaves along this hike on Tenshozan

Western Area 11h

This course takes about 250 minutes (just over 4 hours) and covers approx. 13 km. You’ll master the five big falls of Yugawara, starting with Godan Falls and Fudo Falls (Fudotaki). The area is particularly gorgeous during the fall, with the fiery red foliage making for a satisfying dose of nature.

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Momiji-no-sato

This is a new famous spot of the Yugawara area where about 540 trees of Japanese maple are planted. In November, the season for maple leaves, the streets are decorated with the vivid colors of the leaves and many people come to visit.

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Godan Waterfall

Godan Waterfall is a huge waterfall that drops over 100 meters. It gets its name since “Godan” means “five steps” and the fall is divided into five sections. Views of this fall are often particularly lovely as mist from the hot spring waters often drifts past.

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Fudo Falls (Yugawara)

This 15-meter-high waterfall has an abundance of water. The waterfall is flanked by two deities, 'Migawari Fudo', a protective deity on the left, and 'Shusse Daikoku-son', a deity of success on the right. There is a tea house near the waterfall to take a rest.

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Daruma Waterfall

This fall is viewable from Seiho Bridge, which gets its name from the famed master painter Takeuchi Seiho. It is named “daruma” due to the large rounded rock that sticks out from within the fall, bearing similarities to daruma dolls.

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Kumano Shrine, Manyo Park

Kumano Shrine enshrines a god of hot water, and hot water runs down the purification trough. There are 'Yukake-matsuri' on the fourth Saturday of May, and regularly held festival takes place at the same weekends. At the Manyo Park located at the center of spa town, there are so many Manyo plants (plants cited in the Manyoshu). There are also Manyo-tei modelled after ancient architecture of Many...

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Doppo No Yu

This facility closed on March 31, 2020. Relax your heart and body at nine different foot spas that use natural hot springs! The park interior is designed based off the Japanese archipelago incorporating geographical Feng Shui, and it provides nine different types of hot springs with various uses. The second floor rest house offers foot sole massages by Yugawara acupuncture masseurs.

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TIVOLI Sweets Factory

TIVOLI is confection maker which opened in November 2017 that produces assorted cookies and boasts the top share in the domestic market. This is their only facility for factory tours and direct retail. The theme is “sweet factory for the five senses.” From the second floor, visitors can observe the staff working and the robots moving nimbly as the sweets are produced. They also offer opportunit...

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Ippukudo

This is an old gift shop right in front of Yugawara Station. Many of Yugawara’s tasty offerings have been carefully assembled here. Their most popular product is homemade onsen manju, steamed fresh daily. On the second floor is Ippukuan, which boasts much of the famed cuisine of the Yugawara area including locally caught fish dishes, udon, and soba. Everyone is welcome to drop by.

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