Yuzawa Onsen is a popular hot spring town in Niigata first made famous by a renowned novel, ‘Yukguni’ or ‘Snow Country’. Published in 1968, the acclaimed novel was set in Yuzawa, making the town and its heavy winter snowfall well-known throughout Japan. Today, the town is serviced by the Joetsu Shinkansen via Echigo-Yuzawa Station providing direct access to Gala Yuzawa Ski Resort and shuttle buses to other resorts including Kagura, Naeba and Muikamachi Hakkaisan.
Yuzawa has a number of excellent ‘onsen’ (hot spring) guesthouses ranging from large hotels to much more intimate options, with high-end and mid-range options to choose from. The town has a good number of restaurants and a couple bars making it by far the best area to base yourself when heading to Gala Yuzawa or any other resort in the area.