From Shinjo there was a train that went a few stations north, terminating at Mamurogawa. I decided to jump on it rather than wait in Shinjo for the train to Akita. The risk of not getting a seat for the two hour journey was worth the opportunity to take a look at somewhere different. Most people in Yamagata I imagine have never heard of Mamurogawa. It's a little town with a big river, a park and a few shops and a couple of hundred or less houses. I bought some delicious sumomo - plums - at the station which kept me happy till Akita.
|The Mamurogawa park|
|Onsen nearby would make it a potential place to stop off overnight-|
4.5 km would be a bit of a hike in winter snow though.
|Presumably a cattle farm, though I'm not sure what makes it|
special enough to get a sign in the town.
|A look out in the Mamurogawa park|
|A map of sights in the local area for anyone interested in visiting.|
|Don't miss the bus!|