The town has 3 traditional public onsen. All cost 150 yen and can be paid for by the vending machine near it's door. So if you don't speak Japanese, no problem. Men and women are separated. Local people use it as a place to scrub, socialize and soak, so it's a great cultural experience. There is a new modern onsen close to the train station that costs 500 yen. It has a free footbath outside. There is one other footbath in the town center that is also nice.
If you like mountains and hiking, head up the hill. The path is like a big dirt road that goes on forever (or at least until the Forest Park.) We took a side trail (very steep and obviously rarely used) and looped back to town. We walked for 4 hours but it easily could've been longer or shorter.
The town has some restaurants. We liked to just go to the 7/11 type convenience store located to the left of the train station. It had cheap prepared foods that we took on our hike.
There's a nice pottery shop with souvenirs galore. The owners speak English. Their website is earthworksgallery.com.
I would recommend *NOT* staying at the Mahoroba Youth Hostel. It cost about $70 a night, yet we weren't allowed into our room until 4pm. Also, there was no lock on our door and no safe provided for our passports. You can get better value if you go closer to town. You may spend a little more, but it will be a lot nicer.
This town would rate a 4 if our accommodation experience wasn't so bad.
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