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  • Yahiko-jinja Shrine
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    4.5
    265 Reviews
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    Nigata Pref. Nishikambaragunyahikomura Yahiko 2887-2
    Yahiko-jinja Shrine, situated at the foot of Mt. Yahiko in Yahiko Village, Nishikanbara County, Nigata Prefecture, is a shrine of the old Echigo Province and even appears in the Manyoshu (collection of Japanese poetry). The enshrined deity, Ame-no-Kaguyama-no-Mikoto, has long been widely worshipped as the god of culture and development in Echigo Province. The impressive shrine building, erected in front of the backdrop of cedar and zelkova forests and Mt. Yahiko, was rebuilt in 1916. The Shida-no-otachi long sword, designated a national important cultural property, and other weapons connected with Minamoto No Yoshiie, Minamoto no Yoshitsune, and Uesugi Kenshin, are on display in the shrine’s treasure hall.

    Travel from Tokyo to Yahiko Shrine on 29 Oct, drizzling & quiet town. About 15min walk from Yahiko station, passed by tourist center & some shops, from far saw a red tall torii gate standing in...

  • Kiyotsu Gorge
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    Nigata Pref. Tokamachishi Koide
    In 1862, local people built a hot springs bath at Kiyotsu Gorge; in 1941, the Gorge was officially designated a Natural Monument, and in 1949 it was included as part of the newly-established Joshinetsu-Kogen National Park. It is well worth seeing, both for the beauty of the Gorge and for the spectacular columnar joint rock formations. Kiyotsu Gorge is beautiful at any time of year, but visitors should note that the tunnel that gives access to the Gorge is closed between mid-January and late March.
  • Kiyotsu Valley Tunnel
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    Nigata Pref. Tokamachishi Koide
    This walking tunnel is in Joshinetsu Kogen National Park in Tokamachi. It opened as a tourist location in October of 1996 as a place where you can safely see Kiyotsu Gorge, one of Japan's three largest gorges. There are three viewing platforms along the 750-meter long tunnel with a panorama station at the deepest part. Here you can appreciate the country's beautiful natural gorges and columnar jointing topography designated as a National Natural Monument. No matter the season, be it the new sprouting leaves of spring, the verdant greens of summer, the crimson colors of fall, or the fresh snow of winter, lots of tourists come to enjoy the ever-changing beauty of the gorge. The tunnel is closed from mid-January to late March.
  • Roadside Station - Niigata Furusato Village
    Travel / Tourism
    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Nishi-ku Yamada 2307
    Niigata Furusato Village is a large-scale roadside service area located on National Route 8 in Yamada, Nishi Ward, Niigata City. The complex includes the Bazaar Hall, which has shops selling Niigata specialty products and handicrafts and restaurants where visitors can enjoy local cuisine, the Appeal Hall, where visitors can learn about Niigata’s history and culture and visit the tourist information office, and which also has shops and a café, flower fields where seasonal flowers can be viewed, a traditional Japanese-style garden, and the all-weather Greenhouse building which houses a large adventure playground for children. Niigata Furusato Village also hosts a wide range of special events, including Morning Markets.
  • Roadside Station Marine Dream Nou
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    Nigata Pref. Itoigawashi Noukodomari 3596-2
    This roadside station is a five-minute drive from Nou Station. Its nickname is Marine Dream Nou. You can get a great view of the sun setting over the Sea of Japan from the parking lot and plaza. In the roadside station you can find fishmongers and restaurants serving a wide variety of local seafood as well as Crab Shop Yokocho, the largest shop on the Sea of Japan serving red snow crab caught fresh in Nou Harbor. Check out other tourist attractions such as the Ocean Marine Museum and the Etsuzan Maru sea research ship.
  • Sado Island’s Ogi Folk Museum, Sengokubune Exhibition Hall
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    4.0
    19 Reviews
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    Nigata Pref. Sadoshi Shukunegi 270-2
    This museum is located in a wooden schoolhouse built in 1920 that has been preserved as-is. Inside the building which still bears the vestiges of its days as a schoolhouse are displays for a collection of over 30,000 folk materials that have been designated as important tangible folk-cultural properties, including tools and equipment for shipbuilders. During the Hakusan Maru Matsuri festival held every summer, the Hakusan Maru, Japan’s first fully-restored sengokubune (wooden freight ship) that is on display in the museum, is pulled out under human power and an impressive large white sail that is 155 tatami mats in size is raised.

    A nice little museum that features a large wooden commercial vessel from the past. The museum rooms are a bit cluttered but have a great folk feel to them -- a lot of farm and marine implements...

  • Sado Island Taiko Centre
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    5.0
    9 Reviews
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    Nigata Pref. Sadoshi Ogikanetashinden 150-3
    This is a taiko facility where guests can experience a program of the international taiko performance group Kodo, which is based on Sado. Not only are groups welcome but individuals can also make advance reservations to try taiko. The facility has been constructed from Sado lumber, and one can enjoy views of Mano Bay and the Osado Mountain Range from the terrace. This is about one hour by car from Ryotsu Port.

    We toured around the Island of Sado for a 4 day trip when I came across the Taiko centre following some research of what not to miss on the island. They offer 3 sessions of taiko workshops daily on...

  • Shiseki Sado Kinzan
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    4.0
    243 Reviews
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    Nigata Pref. Sadoshi Shimoaikawa 1305
    As Japan’s largest gold mine this was under the Tokugawa shogunate’s direct control and was engaged in the production of koban (small former Japanese oval gold coins). Operations ceased in 1989 due to an exhaustion of its resources, which brought to a close 400 years of history. The mining and refining facilities on the grounds have been designated as National Important Cultural Properties. Currently visitors can see exhibits of model exhibits of the Sado Kinzan during the Edo period based on drawings from Sado Kinzan Emaki (picture scrolls) as well as the remains of actual tunnels that were used.

    This was well worth the stop. Lifesize animated characters that look like real people inside the gold mine working the tunnels. Don't skip the museum as you exit the mine as it's also very...

  • Sado Hangamura Art Museum
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    3.5
    9 Reviews
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    Nigata Pref. Sadoshi Aikawakomeyamachi 38-2
    This is a private art museum on Kyomachi-dori Street that richly preserves Sado Kinzan’s history. The elegant building with its red-tiled roof occupies the old Aikawa Court House. Works by the late woodblock print artist and founder of Hangamura Shinichi Takahashi as well as by Hangamura artists are displayed. Visitors would do well to note that the museum is closed from December to February.

    佐渡奉行所の向かいにあります。車の方は奉行所の駐車場に停めるとよいでしょう。入館は有料ですが、巨大な版画や鬼太鼓の版画など、なかなか迫力がありました。建物自体、文化財にもなっている明治時代の建物で見ごたえがあります。版画というのも佐渡らしくてよいのではないでしょうか。

  • Sado Bugyosho (Magistrate's Office)
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    4.0
    52 Reviews
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    Nigata Pref. Sadoshi Aikawahiromamachi 1-1
    The remains of the Sado Magistrate Office, built in 1603 in the early Edo period. The magistrate office was built for the purpose of managing the Sado Kinzan gold mines. It was repeatedly destroyed by fire and rebuilt. During the Meiji period, it was used as a government office and school, but in 1942 was once again destroyed by fire. It was designated again as a National Historic Site in 1994, and was restored in part in 2000.

    As it is just 5' by bus/car or 20' walk down from the gold mine, it is a good stop to visit this old and well restored governor place. Interesting and nice building. You can also see how gold was...

  • Senkaku Bay Ageshima Park
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    Nigata Pref. Sadoshi Kitaebisu 1561
    This is a sightseeing attraction located in the Senkaku Bay quasi-national park which is renowned for its beautiful coastline and is designated as a Place of Scenic Beauty. One can see an unbroken view of magnificent Senkaku Bay at the Yusenkyo suspension bridge that was used as a location in a film and also the observatory just after crossing the bridge. From around mid-March to the end of November visitors can ride a glass-bottomed boat that tours around Senkaku Bay to appreciate the beauty of the bay and the ocean up close.
  • Snow Country Museum
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    Nigata Pref. Minamiuonumagunyuzawamachi Yuzawa 354-1
    This is a museum showing the life and history of Yuzawa, that was the backdrop for Yasunari Kawabata's novel The Snow Country. Also displayed are some of Yasunari's beloved items and writings in his own hand, as well as a Japanese-style painting gallery depicting the world from the novel. This museum is located just a 7-minute walk from the Echigo Yuzawa Station.
  • Ote Ohashi Bridge
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    Nigata Pref. Nagaokashi Okamuramachi Nagaoka-shi Shinano 2 (Right bank) Nagaoka-shi Kusatsuzu-cho (left bank)
    This bridge spans the Shinano River flowing through Nagaoka City, Niigata Prefecture. Intersecting with Nagaoka City's main street, it gets pretty busy. Originally it had two lanes when it opened in 1985, but it was upgraded to four lanes in 2010 to cope with the increase in traffic volume. It's a great spot to view the Nagaoka Fireworks when vehicles are banned and it's transformed into a pedestrian thoroughfare. During the climax of the event, cascading Niagara fireworks are launched from below the bridge.
  • Echigo-Tsumari Satoyama Museum of Contemporary Art, KINARE
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    Nigata Pref. Tokamachishi Honchou 6-71-2
    This museum was founded to promote the region around Tokamachi. It's the main venue for the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale, an intentional art festival held once every three years in Echigo-Tsumari. The building itself was designed by Hiroshi Hara, one of Japan's leading architects. The cubic building has a pond set in its square atrium. During periods other than the art festival, it has a permanent exhibition with various artwork on display. There is also a museum shop and a cafe restaurant fashioned on a Spanish Bar.
  • Sanjo Blacksmith Dojo
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    5.0
    6 Reviews
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    Nigata Pref. Sanjoushi Motomachi 11-53
    Located around three minutes' walk from Kita-Sanjo Station on the JR Yahiko Line, the Sanjo Blacksmith Dojo is a facility where visitors can enjoy a blacksmithing experience under the guidance of experienced professional blacksmiths. The Dojo offers a variety of different courses and activities in which participants can learn about the traditional techniques of Sanjo, a town with a long blacksmithing tradition, including forging, woodworking, and making traditional Butsudan (small Buddhist altars installed in family homes). There are three basic programs available: the kitchen knife sharpening experience, where participants who bring their own kitchen knives with them can learn how to sharpen the knife properly using grinding stones; Wakugi (Japanese-style nail) making experience, in which participants learn basic forging techniques, which involve beating hot iron with a hammer; and the paper-knife making experience, which enables participant to experience a wider range of blacksmithing techniques, including forging, grinding, and polishing. Participants must be in the fourth grade of elementary school or older.

    五寸釘からペーパーナイフを作る体験が出来ます。親切に教えてくれるので子供でも楽しめます。1000円と値段も手頃で楽しいですよ。

  • Yamagami Dyeworks Shop
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    Nigata Pref. Murakamishi Sakanamachi 2-17
    Yamagami Dyeworks Shop is a venerable establishment, dating back to the middle of the Edo period (1615–1867), located in the Sakana-machi of Murakami City, Niigata Prefecture. Their main business is manufacturing and selling made-to-order dyed goods for businesses with trademarks or family crests on items such as noren curtains or happi coats. Its distinctive, subdued vegetables dyes, Hokugen-no-cha-zome, made with special locally produced Murakami tea are especially attractive with shibumi taste (austere elegance) . In the storefront, customers can choose from the hand towels, handkerchiefs, bath towels, and other goods displayed there, and, if they make reservations ahead of time, they can even try dyeing cloth with tea. They can also tour the machiya townhouse, a Tangible Cultural Property, where the business is located.
  • Roadside Station Ryokan no Sato Washima
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    4.0
    17 Reviews
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    Nigata Pref. Nagaokashi Shimazaki 5713-2
    A roadside station situated along National Route 116 in Nagaoka City, Niigata Prefecture. The facility has a route information terminal useable 24 hours a day, community center, art zone consisting of two art museums, and more. The Motenashiya community center, a former old private home moved to the site, serves local dishes such as dango-jiru soup and Ryokan musubi rice balls. There’s also a shop corner selling local specialty and agricultural products. The Ryokan no Sato Art Museum presents calligraphy and poems created by Edo period Zen priest, poet, and calligrapher Ryokan as well as his apprentice Teishinni. The Kikumori Memorial Museum displays sculptures and paintings gathered by Yoshio Kikumori.

    新幹線長岡駅出口のちょっと先にあるの良寛様の像のイメージでいたが、最近忘れた日本様式家屋内等、とても懐かしく感じる。中は思ったよりきれい。

  • Sado Nishimikawa Gold Park
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    4.0
    66 Reviews
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    Nigata Pref. Sadoshi Nishimikawa 835-1
    A hands-on museum built on the site of the former Nishimikawa Gold Mine in Sado City, Niigata Prefecture. Mentioned in the Konjaku monogatarishu, a collection of stories dated to the end of the Heian period, this ancient and historic mine even helped fund the war efforts of Uesugi Kenshin, a historic figure. The museum presents a variety of materials relating to gold and gold mining in its exhibition rooms and theater. There’s also a museum shop. The museum lets visitors try panning for gold and participants can take home the gold dust they find stored in a keychain or pendant.

    Must try the gold panning. It was something on our bucket list. The staff were very helpful. We will definitely visit again

  • Roadside Station Echigo Kawaguchi Agricultural Village
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    3.0
    1 Reviews
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    Nigata Pref. Nagaokashi Kawaguchinakayama
    A roadside station standing along National Route 17 in Nagaoka City, Niigata Prefecture. The facility has a rest area, route information service, Agricultural Village community center, and more. The centerpiece of the Agricultural Village is the direct sales corner selling vegetables lovingly picked just that morning at local farms. In addition to seasonal vegetables, you can also find edible wild plants picked locally in spring. Other items for sale include Uonuma koshihikari rice, handmade miso, kon’nyaku jelly, snacks, local sakes, and regional crafts. The building also has a light meal space serving ramen, crepes, and other items.

    地場産のお菓子、惣菜、野菜、漬物が充実しています。そこでしか買えないものがあるって、やはり行って楽しいです。また、奥に小さいスペースがあり、そこでは無料の味噌汁、漬物の試食コーナーがありました。

  • Roadside Station Nishiyama Furusato-Koen
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    2.5
    7 Reviews
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    Nigata Pref. Kashiwazakishi Nishiyamachousakata 717-4
    A roadside station located in Nishiyama Town, Kashiwazaki City, Niigata Prefecture built on the site of an elementary school connected to former Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka. The facility has a rest space, corner providing area tourist and event information, free drink service, park, and adjoining Kakuei Tanaka Memorial Museum. The Saiyu-kan building, designed to serve as a space for the improvement of Japan-China relations and exchange between the two countries, incorporates elements of traditional Chinese palace architecture. Visitors are free to stroll around the Saiyu-en Chinese-style garden. There’s also a multipurpose hall used for events, concerts, and lectures.

    田中角栄さんの実家が西山に有ったのは知ってますが、新潟柏崎市、西山町に、中国の様な建物? 不釣合い。孫悟空をあしらった石像。 道の駅としても、記念館としても、もっと充実した内容が欲しい場所です。 良いこと、悪いこと有った、元総理大臣ですが、日本の都市計画、新幹線、道路網整備は、田中角栄さん抜きでは現在が無かったと思います。

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Found along the northwestern coast of Japan, Niigata prefecture is celebrated for its high-quality rice and breathtaking nature, most notably its spectacular mountains, whose white peaks draw in snow sports lovers from far and wide over the winter months. Hit the slopes at Yuzawa, pick out your favourite modern artist at Echigo Tsumari, or take a ferry over to Sado Island for an extra adventure.

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