Hiking

VIDEO| Enjoy hiking, reading, and soaking at Yugawara Man-yo Park

The city of Yugawara in Kanagawa Prefecture is very close to the tourist hotspot of Hakone. The city is an impressive area, home to dozens of hot spring ryokan inns, a beautiful valley with waterfalls and foot spas that make it a great tourist destination from Zama, Atsugi and all other Kanto bases.

Manyo-Park in Yugawara stretches along the Chitose River and was selected as one of Japan’s Top 100 Historical Parks. The recreation area is ideal for hiking and a good picnic.

At the park entrance, grab a bento box, drinks, and snacks in case you get hungry. And take advantage of their book rental to take a break from hiking. There are benches and rest areas scattered throughout the park for some fresh air, shade, and views of the Chitose River.

One unique feature that you might want to book in advance is time spent at the park’s spa! Soyu offers various indoor and outdoor baths and for 5,500 yen (about $45) you can enjoy the facility for five hours and enjoy a lunch of local fish and vegetables.

Man-yo Park in Yugawara is a beautiful place and has all the elements for a relaxing day surrounded by Mother Nature.

Yugawara Man-yo Park – Soyu Terrace “Books and Retreat”

Location: 566 Miyanoue, Yugawara City, Ashigara-gun, Kanagawa Prefecture (one hour drive from Camp Zama and NAF Atsugi)

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Tel: 0465-43-7830