What to do and see in Yugawara-machi, Japan: The Best Places and Tips

March 31, 2018 Dorsey Hagwood

Discover the best top things to do in Yugawara-machi, Japan including Manyo Park, Makuyama Park, Nishimura Kyotaro Memorial, Mazda Sky Lounge, Ningenkokuho Bijutsukan, Yugawara Plum Grove, Gojyo Shrine, Yugawara Beach, Fudo Falls, Yugawara Art Museum.
Restaurants in Yugawara-machi

1. Manyo Park

Yugawara-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun 259-0314, Kanagawa Prefecture +81 465-62-3761
Excellent
16%
Good
54%
Satisfactory
28%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 156 reviews

Manyo Park

Reviewed By schnekla - Frankfurt

hot spings for a nice footbath. you need to rent special shoes for 100 yen. very nice place to relax after a walk. very clean, very nice.

2. Makuyama Park

951-1 Kajiya, Yugawara-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun 259-0313, Kanagawa Prefecture +81 465-63-2111
Excellent
17%
Good
65%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 92 reviews

Makuyama Park

Reviewed By BIDEOBOB - Webster, New York

At the Yugawara Ume Forest (湯河原梅林) 4000 Japanese flowering plum trees (梅 ume ) blanket the lower south slopes of Mt. Makuyama ( 幕山). Especially during February and early March, these trees are covered with sweetly-scented red and white blossoms, and the area is crowded with visitors. Besides the beautiful plum blossoms, Plum Banquet festivities (梅の宴) include traditional food stalls, souvenir stands, and light-up floodlights for evening activities.
Mt. Makuyama (幕山) is also a popular hiking and climbing destination throughout the year. Makuyama means “Curtain Mountain”, and the south slope of the mountain has steep curtain-like cliffs. For casual day-hikers, however, a gradual zig-zag trail from the famous Yugawara Japanese Plum Orchard (湯河原梅林) leads to a flat and open summit at 625m. There, the view includes Sagami Bay (相模湾), the offshore Izu Islands (伊豆諸島), and the nearby Manazuru Peninsula (真鶴半島). From the summit, a northern path descends to a route that circles back around the base of the mountain, and this trail eventually follows the Niisakigawa river (新崎川) back to the hiking start-point (幕山登山口).
TRANSPORTATION
During the Plum Festival season: a Hakone Tozan bus service runs from the Yugawara Railway Station (JR Tōkaidō Line) to/from the Makuyama Park. From 9 a.m. onwards, this service runs three times per hour from the #3 bus stop
During the rest of the year: take the bus bound for Kajiya (鍛冶屋) from the Yugawara Railway Station and get off at the Morishitakōen-mae (森下公園前) bus stop. The Makuyama Park is then a 2 km. walk from the bus stop, along a road that parallels the Niisakigawa river. (At certain times, a bus connects Kajiya and the Makuyama Park — enquire at the Yugawara Tourist Information Center at the Yugawara Railway Station for bus schedules and maps).
For driving by car: in Yugawara on the seafront Route 135, turn inland at the traffic signal labeled “幕山公園 (梅林) 入口 Makuyama Park (Bairin) Ent.”, and drive 4 km. to the Makuyama Park. (From the Odawara direction on Route 135, there is also a large blue overhead road sign just before the traffic signal that reads “湯河原梅林 Yugawarabairin 幕山公園 Makuyama Park 4 km. → “).

3. Nishimura Kyotaro Memorial

42-29 Miyakami, Yugawara-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun 259-0314, Kanagawa Prefecture +81 465-63-1599
Excellent
29%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
26%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 34 reviews

Nishimura Kyotaro Memorial

Reviewed By reiya1999

初めて訪問しました。駅からは少し離れていますが、バスもありますので車がなくても大丈夫です。私は行きはバス、帰りは散策兼ねて徒歩で駅まで戻りました。バス通りにミニストップがありますので、そこから記念館まではすぐです。記念館の方にはとても親切に対応頂きました。閉館時間が近かったですが、楽しむ事が出来ました。館内はゆっくり見ても30分程度あれば十分かと思います。西村京太郎ファンの方はぜひ一度訪問してみても良いかと思います。

4. Mazda Sky Lounge

955 Kajiya, Yugawara-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun 259-0313, Kanagawa Prefecture
Excellent
36%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 30 reviews

Mazda Sky Lounge

Reviewed By Ichiro S

When the weather is fine that is. I think I've been here more than 50 times. There is no public transport and you need a car (or a motorcycle)to get here. You have a better chance in winter and also in the morning rather than in the afternoon. 30% or less chance if it's mid summer afternoon for example i would say to see Mt. Fuji. Depending on the time and dates, you also see a lot of sport cars and motorcycles. Those people drive up Mazda turnpike to get here. Souvenior shops, cafe, noodle restaurant, etc. Outside there's a camera stand/pole if you we ant to take a picture with My. Fuji and don't have a tripod (or just use your selfie stick of course if it's a smartphone).
After this you can go downhill to lake Ashi area.

5. Ningenkokuho Bijutsukan

3-16-1 Chuo, Yugawara-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun 259-0301, Kanagawa Prefecture +81 465-62-2112
Excellent
27%
Good
55%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
0%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 33 reviews

Ningenkokuho Bijutsukan

Reviewed By kam1sama - Tokyo, Japan

This is a joke of a museum. I have never ever seen a museum where the museum posts the price of the art pieces under each piece. Also, the displays are haphazardly put together with Japanese/Chinese (fake) pottery mixed with terrible paintings. Stay away. Do not come here. It is not worth the money.

6. Yugawara Plum Grove

951-1 Kajiya, Yugawara-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun 259-0313, Kanagawa Prefecture
Excellent
32%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 25 reviews

Yugawara Plum Grove

Reviewed By Hagoromoaya - Island of Hawaii, Hawaii

This garden is famous for plum during February and early March,
when its in season.you can take city bus from Yugawara JR station or by car. very easy access. There are many different shades of pink all along hill when you
enter the park. There are food booths by the entrance, selling Japanese snacks, drinks and sweets to the tourist by local farmers.

7. Gojyo Shrine

359-1 Miyashita, Yugawara-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun 259-0304, Kanagawa Prefecture +81 465-62-5869
Excellent
11%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
47%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 42 reviews

Gojyo Shrine

Reviewed By 待兼山 - Osaka Prefecture, Japan

湯河原駅から徒歩15分ほど。バス停五所神社前すぐ。源頼朝が戦勝祈願をした神社という、歴史ある神社です。鳥居入ってすぐのところに推定樹齢850年の楠の大木があり、幹にふれることができ、 パワーをいただけます。神社の道路をはさんだ向かいにも、楠の大木があります。

8. Yugawara Beach

Yoshihama, Yugawara-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun 259-0312, Kanagawa Prefecture +81 465-63-2111
Excellent
11%
Good
69%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 34 reviews

Yugawara Beach

Reviewed By Lynge T - Frederiksberg, Denmark

Coming from a place with white and sandy Beaches this volcanic sand and corns looks not so appetizing for a swim, so we did not bath here. Further we were staying in a Ryokan with hot spa's so we preferred to use these instead.
But the beach attracts divers and surfers and also we believe that the locals will use the beach at summertime.

9. Fudo Falls

Miyakami, Yugawara-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun 259-0314, Kanagawa Prefecture
Excellent
5%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
59%
Poor
5%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 93 reviews

Fudo Falls

Reviewed By pkinde - Cincinnati, Ohio

The falls are close to the road, you can see from the road. Worth about 10 minutes of your time. Nice shady stream valley but the building at the road needs to clean up the junk. It really detracts from the natural surroundings.

10. Yugawara Art Museum

623-1 Miyakami, Yugawara-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun 259-0314, Kanagawa Prefecture +81 465-63-2111
Excellent
15%
Good
52%
Satisfactory
30%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 26 reviews

Yugawara Art Museum

Reviewed By kaminarikozo - Tokyo, Japan

湯河原の数少ない観光スポット。
で、楽しみにして出かけたのに、睡蓮の庭も美術館本体も改修工事だった。
1階の土産もコーナーと喫茶だけが営業。
がっかりだった。

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