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.