Yuze-Onsen, Akita Prefecture
Yuze, Hot Spring in Northern Honshu
Tohoku area, Northern Honshu, Japan
The Tohoku region consists of the northeastern portion of Honshu, the largest island of Japan.
The region consists of six prefectures, including Akita. Tohoku retains a reputation as a remote
region, offering breathtaking scenery but a severe climate. In the 20th century, tourism became
a major industry in the Tohoku region.
Mt. Iwate (elevation, 2038m) is on the railway route to Yuze-Onsen.
Yuze Hotspring region in early spring
(L) Yuze Hotspring region in early autumn (R) A small shrine in the countryside
Yuze is surveyed as an 'onsen' , among three major hot springs in Japan, which has been said to have skin
beautification effects. Yuze Hotel is a modern Japanese-style ryokan in Akita Prefecture.
How to get there from Tokyo:
(1) Get Tohoku shinkansen super-express train to Morioka, then change a local train to Yuze-Onsen station.
(2) Take airline flight by ANA from Haneda International Airport to Ohdate-Noshiro Airport.
Then, take a taxi or rent a car to Yuze Hotspring.
Yuze Hotel is close to the Hanawa-line railway station of Yuze-Onsen.
(L) A lobby hall of Yuze Hotel
(R) A stone-carving of owl placed at the main entrance to the Hotel: This place is known as the village of owl.
A self-service welcome drink is provided from 15:00 to 18:00.
(L) The nature changes its attractive color of four seasons from spring to winter in Yuze.
(R) Yuze-Hotel founder, Mr. Seki Naoemon
Yuze Hotel and Yoneshiro River Valley October 2013
Yuze Hotel and Yoneshiro River Valley March 2013
(L) The entrance to a public hotspring bath for men (M) The entrance to a public hotspring bath for women
(R) A safety box at a dressing room: We take our clothes here. No swimsuit is allowed in a Japanese hot spring bath.
A hotspring bath is open from 5:30 to 9:00 and 15:00 to 24:00. There is a seasonal variation of opening hours.
(L) An analysis of hotspring water is shown at a dressing room. (R) A cool water for drinking is provided besides of hotspring pool.
(L) A place washing body before taking a bath-bathe (R) A jet stream of hotspring water is always in operation.
(L) A hot-water temperature is always kept at 41-42 Celsius.
(R) A clean, soft hotspring water is flowing out constantly without interruption.
A hotspring bath in a rainy day
A very pleasant open-air bath at Yuze Hotel, March 2013
A very pleasant open-air bath at Yuze Hotel, October 2013
Japanese-style buffet with stalls of local dishes
(L) A smokefree main Japanese-style dinning room (R) A lunch dish served as ordered.
A variety of evening meals
(L) A meal is served in a Japanese-style Tatami floor. A guest can look over a snow garden during meal time over a wide window.
(R) A rest area is provided at the entrance of the dinning room. No-smoking sign was placed on a table.
(L) An enclosed smoking booth (R) A lobby and restaurant building with a tile-roofed house, with the remaining snow
In 2013, Yuze Hotel provided a total of 89 active guest rooms.
Non-smoking rooms are 22, consisting of 24.7% of total guest rooms.
The fifth floor (Rooms 501-519) is a non-smoking floor.
Rooms of 601, 401, 301 and 201 are designated as non-smoking rooms.
Smoking rooms are 67, consisting of 75.2% of the total rooms.
NEW This Yuze Hotel became smoke-free in October 2017, after a complete renovation. Total guest rooms are 134;
7single, 6 twin, 24 triple, 86 Japanese tatami rooms, 2 Japanese style with bedrooms, 5 special guest rooms, and 4 others.
Please refer the following site.
(L) Non-smoking area on the 5th floor
(R) A corridor on the bridge over the Yoneshiro River Valley
(L) A royal room approach on the 8th floor (R) A winter snow-mountain view over the window
(L) A compact twin bedroom: Rooms No.510 and No. 511 are non-smoking.
(R) A coin laundry for a hotel guest: Fee \100
Hotel Himenoyu at Yuze
Hotel Himenoyu located at Yuze has a total of 114 rooms. In all guest rooms, smoking is allowed.
There are ashtrays at the corner of the lobby.
Hotel Himenoyu is not recommended for a guest with a healthy mind.
Smoke-free Hotels in Japan
A summary of smoking-room rate studied in local hotels of Japan
Smoking Restriction at Hotels in the World: Actual Survey
The ratio of a smoking guest room to the total hotel rooms was calculated,
based on-the-spot investigation.
$B!!(B Kazuno and Towada-Hachimantai National Park
$B!!(B A local train trip from Morioka to Yuze-Onsen in March 2013
A local railroad trip from Yuze-Onsen to Ohdate in October 2013
A shinkansen super-express trains to Tohoku, Japan
All non-smoking Tokyo-Aomori bullet train 'Hayabusa' debuted in March 2011.
JR-East Max. speed: 320KM/H
All non-smoking Tokyo-Akita bullet train 'Super-Komachi' debuted in March 2013.
JR-East, Max. speed: 320KM/H
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This information was provided by the Smokefree Hotel and Travel.
The photograph was taken and the article was written in March 2013, and revised in October 2013,
by Junhaku Miyamoto, M.D., PhD.