The tiny village of Yasaka joined with Hamada several years ago but it retains its rural character. It’s cooler than the city in summer and you can try all kinds of countryside experiences which we’ve explained on our blog. Even if you can’t speak much Japanese, you can still enjoy trying these cultural experiences just by copying your teachers’ actions. You can stay over in an original farmhouse or log cabin with family and friends. In winter, even when there is no snow in the city, drive up to Taiken Mura to go sledding or build snowmen, or enjoy a hot bath in the large communal tub and a tasty meal. The cherry blossoms are a few weeks later than in Hamada, so if you miss the ones in the city, take a trip to Yasaka.