Mountain Trekking through the Snow
The Tsunokawa district lies on a tributary of the Mogami River. Many people here maintain aspects of their traditional lifestyle. To this day, hunters go out in search of food, even in the harshest winter conditions.
Homestay Guesthouses in the Tsunokawa District
There are five farming families who offer accommodation in their homes. Visitors can see for themselves how the farmers work their fields, even in winter.
A Wintering Ground for Migratory Swans
The wetlands at the mouth of the Mogami River are one of the major wintering places in Japan for migratory wildfowl. More than 10,000 swans arrive in Sakata from Siberia each year to spend the cold months here.
To reach Tozawa Village from Tokyo, you take the Yamagata Shinkansen bullet train to Shinjo, and then continue by bus. In all, it takes just over four hours.