Rest Spot Spots in Niigata Area

  • Roadside Station Arai
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    Nigata Pref. Myoukoushi Inoyama 58-1
    The Michinoeki Arai roadside station incorporates a business hotel, so that travelers can have somewhere to stop for the night without needing to come off the expressway. This is a very convenient rest area which, besides restaurants, shops selling local specialty products, and an information center, even has a laundry. Michinoeki Arai hosts a variety of exciting special events throughout the year, including the Kubiki Fair in June and the Yamashiro no Jin event in July, which often feature Taiko drum performances, etc.
  • Roadside Station - Niigata Furusato Village
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    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 Toyosaka
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    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Kita-ku Kizaki 3644 - Party Y
    Roadside Station Toyosaka is a barrier-free area that is well received for having over 40 light dishes, particularly onigiri (rice-balls) using delicious Niigata rice. The nearby Goose Farm is free to enter, and you can feed the gees, so it is very popular. You can also purchase unusual pickled tulips and products made with goose eggs. Five minutes by car via Toyosaka-Niigatahigashiko Interchange on the Nihonkai-Tohoku Highway.
  • Chijimi-no-Sato Ojiya Roadside Station
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    Nigata Pref. Odiyashi Hiu Instep 1670-1
    At roadside station and day spa hot spring called Yudokoro Chijimi-no-Sato, located on National Route 17 in Ojiya City, Niigata Prefecture. There are plenty of facilities within the onsen such as outdoor baths that overlook the city area, spacious indoor baths, a restaurant with rest area which serves full course meals, and a movie room which shows four films every day. The roadside station itself has a traffic information terminal, shops, and a play area for children, making it a great place to stop and rest on a drive.
  • Roadside Station Minamiuonuma Yukiakari
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    Nigata Pref. Minamiuonumashi Shimohitoichi 855
    Roadside Station Minamiuonuma Yukiakari is one of snow country Minamiuonuma, and it is composed of three facilities: Imaizumi Memorial Hall, Shiki Ajiwai-kan, and Ikoi-no-hiroba Plaza, with paintings and artworks by famous artists, foreign and abroad, but particularly with works by Shiko Munanaka. In the food court, you can partake of some dishes fresh cooked up with Uonuma’s Koshihikari rice piled high in a rice bowl. Three minutes by car via Shiozawaishida Interchange on the Kanetsu Expressway.
  • 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.
  • Roadside Station Umiterasu Nadachi
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    Nigata Pref. Jouetsushi Nadachi-ku Nadachiomachi 4280-1
    During summer, you can enjoy both indoor and outdoor pools at the Roadside Station Umiterasu Nadachi, a compound facility with ocean-view lodgings and hot springs, so you can take in the joy of the Sea of Japan. You’ll find a fantastic night view with the Sea of Japan stretching out in front of you. Three minutes by car via Nadachi Tanihama Interchange, a Hokuriku Expressway.
  • Kugami Roadside Station
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    Nigata Pref. Tsubameshi Kugami 5866-1
    Kugami Roadside Station sits on the Niigata Prefectural Route 2 in Kugami, Tsubame City, Niigata Prefecture. It not only has information on the roads and surrounding area but also serves as a base for tourism in the area. At the restaurant which serves light meals such as soba and udon, cooking events are held using local buckwheat flour and rice flour. There is also a souvenir shop, a free foot bath and a play park for children, making it an ideal place to use for a quick shop on your way home or for a rest.
  • Mitsumata Roadside Station
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    Nigata Pref. Minamiuonumagunyuzawamachi Mitsumata 1000
    Mitsumata Roadside Station, located on National Route 17 in Yuzawa Town, Minamiuonuma County, Niigata Prefecture, is a charming building based on the style of an inn from the Edo period. There is a traffic information terminal, a rest area, a small farmer’s market, restaurant and shop. The restaurant offers set meals made with local Niigata ingredients, and noodles. Their Kenchin Motsu soup made with Waton Mocha-buta Pork is very popular. There is also a cafe which serves organic home-roasted coffee and pancakes, a shop which sells outdoor goods, a small shop which sells specialty products, and a free foot bath.
  • Roadside Station Ryokan no Sato Washima
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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.
  • Aga-no-Sato Roadside Station
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    Nigata Pref. Higashikambaragunagamachi Ishima 4301
    Aga-no-Sato is a roadside station on National Route 49 in Aga Town, Higashikanbara County, Niigata Prefecture. The roadside station sits in a location overlooking the Agano River, beautiful to look at all year round. The roadside station boasts the largest fish market this side of the Sea of Japan with a whole array of seafood delicacies such as fresh seafood from the Sea of Japan, pickled fish, and shiokara (salted fish guts). Set meals, rice bowls and soba can all be enjoyed at the restaurant which uses the specialty Koshihikari rice from Aga Town cooked with fresh, local water. There is a tourist information terminal and a souvenir shop selling local agricultural produce, folk crafts, and local sake. The roadside station is also a departure point for boat trips down the Agano River.
  • Kamuri Niitsu Roadside Station
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    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Akiha-ku Kawane 438
    The Kamuri Niitsu Roadside Station is located close to the National Route 460 in Akiha Ward, Niigata City, Niigata Prefecture, and is operated by Niigata City and JA Niitsu Satsuki. It opened as a part of Niitsu City Flower Comprehensive Center utilizing the local characteristics of horticultural production. It has an outdoor shop and a large glass greenhouse and sells about 2,000 kinds of potted plants, flowers and trees, seedlings, decorative plants, saplings, and bonsai trees etc. at all times. Events with seasonal flowers as their theme are also held from time to time. There is also a place in the roadside station which sells local agricultural produce and local specialty products.
  • Echigo Izumozaki Tenryo-no-Sato Roadside Station
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    Nigata Pref. Santougunizumozakimachi Amaze 6-57
    A roadside station on National Route 352 in Izumozaki Town, Mishima County, Niigata Prefecture. The well-known tourist spot of Izumozaki prospered as a harbor town with the off loading of Sado gold and silver, it was also under the direct control of the shogunate during the Edo period. In addition to the information terminal, the roadside station also has a tourist information center that sells local marine products and a restaurant where you can enjoy fresh fish dishes while looking out over the Sea of Japan. Visitors will also find the Tenryo Izumozaki Period Museum which introduces the history of Izumozaki, and the Izumozaki Oil Memorial Museum. The tourist spot of Yunagi Bridge is famous for its beautiful sunsets.
  • Sekikawa Roadside Station
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    Nigata Pref. Iwafunegunsekikawamura Kamiseki 1252-1
    A roadside station on National Route 113 in Sekikawa Village, Iwafune County, Niigata Prefecture. As well as the tourist information center, there is a day spa, the Sekikawa History and Road Museum which introduces the history of Sekikawa Village, and a multipurpose sports facility. The local cultural exchange facility, Chigura, which sells local products, has a demonstration area where cat lovers can see how the popular folk craft Neko Chigura (a cat house made of straw) is made. With a restaurant offering western cuisine made with the local brand pork Asahi Pork, and a small farmer’s market selling agricultural produce, this roadside station is a popular spot which attracts lots of tourists.
  • Roadside Station Patio Niigata
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    Nigata Pref. Mitsukeshi Imamachi 1-3358
    At the Roadside Station Patio Niigata, you can do day-camping, or enjoy Kenko Mekke—wholesale marketplace with fresh, safe, quality crops and products from local famers, and Mominoki—an acclaimed restaurant with local cuisine based on local fruits and vegetables which are also shipped to this marketplace. There is a good selection of sides and local sweets as well. Approximately three minutes by car via Nakanoshima-mitsuke Interchange on the Hokuriku Expressway.
  • Roadside Station Echigo Kawaguchi Agricultural Village
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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.
  • Roadside Station Nishiyama Furusato-Koen
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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.
  • Roadside Station Irihirose
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    Nigata Pref. Uonumashi Otochiyama 356-2
    A roadside station on National Route 252 in Uonuma City, Niigata Prefecture. It is a fairly small place but does have information on current traffic conditions, a souvenir shop, a shop that sells seasonal wild plants and vegetables, and an outlet which serves snacks, etc. The roadside station, built out of wood, has a bright, spacious atmosphere to it. At the food counter you can try some local food such as Atka mackerel sushi wrapped in bamboo leaves, char (type of trout) pressed sushi, and oboro tofu, and some sweet foods too, including homemade cakes and soft ice-cream.
  • Kangaku-no-Sato Shitada Roadside Station
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    Nigata Pref. Sanjoushi Niwaduki 451-1
    Located in Niwazuki, Sanjo City, Niigata Prefecture, this roadside station is built close to Yagigahana, a well-known scenic spot. The large building with red roof is hard to miss. The farmer’s market inside sells local fruits and vegetables, other food stuff, and souvenirs etc. The farm restaurant, where you can enjoy local dishes made with local ingredients, handmade soba noodles, and an all-you-can-eat lunch buffet (weekends only), is very popular. You can also visit the birthplace and memorial museum of Tetsuji Morohashi who compiled Dai Kanwa jiten (The Great Chinese-Japanese Dictionary). There is an admission fee for entry into the museum’s exhibition room.
  • Asahi Midori-no-Sato Roadside Station
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    Nigata Pref. Murakamishi Sarusawa 1215
    This roadside station is situated within the large tourist facility Asahi Midori-no-Sato located on National Route 7 in Sarusawa, Murakami City, Niigata Prefecture. In addition to local tourist information and road information terminals, there is also a restaurant where you can enjoy dishes made with local Koshihikari rice and Asahi Pork. In Asahi Midori-no-Sato visitors will find shops selling local specialty products and agricultural produce, a day spa, a health center with pool and bathing facilities, as well as a museum on folk toys.

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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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