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  • Takada Komachi Exchange Hall
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    5.0
    1 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Nigata Pref. Jouetsushi Honchou 6-3-4
    This old townhouse, called “Old Kozumaya”, was built in the Meiji period and has been refurbished into a place for the public as a gallery and exchange salon. The building is renowned for the gargoyles on the large roof. In addition to being able to see the vaulted ceiling structure and storehouse which were often seen in town houses in Takada, the gallery houses an exhibition on the history of the area. The place can be used to take a break during a walk or as a tourist spot, and painting, photograph and ceramic exhibitions are regularly held here. The nearest station is Takada Station.

    本町通りに面しており、分かり易い。建物は100年前の町屋を再生している。建物横から裏の駐車場へ入れる。数台駐車可能。駐車場側からも館内へ行ける。受付のお姉さんは上越美人でとても優しい方。館内にギャラリー、休憩所もある。地元の研究会やサークル活動で活用されている。 高田まちなみ歴史散策無料ガイドに11時から1時間程度参加することができた。造詣の深いガイドさんが、高田の雁木のある町屋、150年以上の...

  • Myokokogen Skycable
    Travel / Tourism
    Nigata Pref. Myoukoushi Tagiri 216
    The Myokokogen Skycable is a gondola style lift running up Mt. Myoko in Myoko City, Niigata Prefecture. It takes about 11 minutes to get to the top of the mountain at Myoko Highland at a height of 1,300 meters. From here huge panoramic views stretching from the Shiga and Nozawa mountains all the way to Mt. Madarao and Lake Nojiri can be enjoyed, while overlooking the beautiful Myoko countryside, magnificent in spring and autumn. From the station at the top of the mountain there are a number of walking paths to enjoy such as a walk through the beech forest or the scenic path with stunning views of the open countryside.
  • Rinsenji Temple
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    4.0
    44 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Nigata Pref. Jouetsushi Nakamonzen 1-1-1
    Rinsenji Temple is a temple of the Soto sect located in Joetsu City, Niigata Prefecture. Uesugi Kenshin, a military commander during the Sengoku (Warring States) period, spent time and studied here as child between the ages of 7 and 14. The temple was founded in 1497 by Kenshin’s grandfather, Nagao Yoshikage, as a memorial to his late father, following which the temple became a family temple for both Nagao and Uesugi. The temple grounds are home to a splendid main gate, said to have been moved from the back gate of Kasugayama Castle. Visitors will also find the graves of the Uesugi family and memorial tower, and the Fureashi Kannon statue, said to make strong legs when touched with the feet.

    Rinsen-ji is tucked away in the forest at the base of the hill below Kasugayama Shrine, and can be explored for a small fee. The temple has an impressive wooden mon (gate), behind which is a lovely...

  • Yuki-no-Furusato Yasuzuka Roadside Station
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    4.0
    1 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Nigata Pref. Jouetsushi Yasuduka-ku Taruda 140
    A roadside station on National Route 403 in Yasuzuka Ward, Joetsu City, Niigata Prefecture. In the Yukidaruma Bussan Kan (Snowman Product Hall) there is not only an information terminal and rest area but also an area which sells local products such as local vegetables and rice, sasa dango (dumplings wrapped in bamboo grass), and snow aged sake. Homemade gelato and freshly ground coffee are popular at the snack corner. There is also a soba restaurant which serves popular dishes like soba topped with grated hot daikon (radish), and other soba dishes made with buckwheat from Joetsu City. It’s quite an unusual spot because it uses a snow room for storage and cooling so visitors can see snow even during the summer.

    キューピットハレースキー場に向かう途中にある道の駅です。お勧めはここで手作りしているシェラートです。地元食材をメインに色々な種類のシェラートを堪能することが出来ます。

  • Takada Gangi Street
    Travel / Tourism
    Nigata Pref. Jouetsushi (Old Takada castle)
    The street resembles an arcade with its wooden eaves constructed over the pavement so that people can walk freely even at times of heavy snow. The total length of this covered walkway in the Takada region is 16 kilometers, the longest such covered street in Japan. It’s a sight characteristic of the many narrow, old wooden townhouses still remaining in Takada and the place retains the atmosphere of the old castle town. There are many tourist facilities among the old townhouses here so visitors can enjoy a good walk. The nearest station is Takada Station.
  • Myoko Kogen Visitor Center
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    4.0
    7 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Nigata Pref. Myoukoushi Sekigawa 2248-4
    A visitor center located in Sekikawa, Myoko City, Niigata Prefecture, within the Myoko-Togakushi Renzan National Park among the many mountains like the 2,454 meter high Mt. Myoko. The visitor center introduces information on the surrounding countryside such as animals and plants inhabiting the Myoko area and terrain, as well as information about local history and culture. The center also provides information and maps on walking paths in the area. Next to the visitor center is Imori Pond, a well-known place for stunning views of Mt. Myoko. There are plenty of different events going on such as guided nature walks, etc.

    They speak English. The Center is next to the station and they are happy to call your hotel to arrange pick ups. Very helpful.

  • Kotakigawa Jade Gorge
    Travel / Tourism
    Nigata Pref. Itoigawashi Kotaki
    Jade is sourced in this ravine where a large rock face from Mt. Myojo fell. It has been designated a natural monument of Japan as the Kotakigawa Jadeite Deposit. The first jade ever found in Japan was discovered here in 1938 and now the place is a well known tourist spot in Itoigawa City, Niigata Prefecture. Many people are attracted to this beautiful gorge created through years of flowing water with walls of rock and greenery. The towering rock wall is a well known spot for avid rock climbers and the gorge is also famous for producing the Itoigawa Juniper. Collecting rocks is prohibited. Note: Closed in winter and stormy weather
  • Sea of Japan Yokohama Tsukitoku Hanten
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    4.0
    18 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Itoigawashi Omachi 2-5-18
    The concept of this Chinese restaurant is “bringing authentic Chinese cuisine to Itoigawa.” The chef, who was invited from China, inventively uses his skills to adapt Chinese cuisine to suit the Japanese taste. The most popular menu item is the B-grade gourmet Black Yakisoba. The dish includes squid and jet-black yakisoba noodles, colored with squid ink, and topped with a thin omelet. Its sheer size and appearance give you a huge impact. The restaurant also has a rich menu full of variety, such as specialty ramen, seasoned with sweet shrimp broth, and other individual dishes. The nearest station is Itoigawa Station.

    I found out about black yakisoba (squid ink) from Japanese travel guides on Niigata prefecture. This restaurant came highly recommended for this dish. However, I was disappointed, because, visuals...

  • Echigo-Ichiburi-no-Seki Roadside Station
    Travel / Tourism
    Nigata Pref. Itoigawashi Ichiburi 1035-50
    A roadside station on National Route 8 in Itoigawa City, Niigata Prefecture, located near the prefectural border of Niigata and Toyama. As well providing information on the surrounding roads, the view of the Sea of Japan from the second floor observation room is a must-see. There is a shop which sells specialty products from both Niigata and Toyama including the local specialty mozuku (a kind of seaweed) soba, the fermented chili paste, kanzuri, and local sake. The restaurant’s signature dish is the cod soup set meal made with lots of cod offal.
  • Nagamine Onsen Yuttari-no-Sato
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    3.5
    3 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Nigata Pref. Jouetsushi Yoshikawa-ku Nagamine 100
    A day-trip hot spring facility in Yoshikawa Ward, Joetsu City, Niigata Prefecture. There are two main bathrooms, a Japanese style and a Roman style bathroom, which visitors can enjoy on a daily rotating basis. Each of the baths has a spacious indoor bath, a medicinal herb bath, a natural radium ore bath, as well as an outdoor bath from where visitors can enjoy the wide open views of Mt. Yoneyama and Mt. Ogamidake. At extra cost visitors can also use the enzyme bath with naturally fermented enzymes of hinoki cypress sawdust and medicinal herbs. There is also a restaurant which serves dishes using homegrown organic vegetables, and a rest area.

    食事と温泉が楽しめます。温泉は塩化物泉で油臭がしてとてもよく温まります。内湯および露天風呂もあります。食事は800円-1000円程度が平均的な価格です。

  • Roadside Station Yoshikawa-Toujinosato
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    3.5
    10 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Nigata Pref. Jouetsushi Yoshikawa-ku Toujinosato 1
    This roadside station (Roadside Station ) is found along the Arai-Kakizaki Line of Prefectural Route 30 in Yoshikawa Ward, Joetsu City, Niigata Prefecture. There’s a free rest area, an information area, a farmers’ market, restaurant, and more. The market sells home-raised produce for both farms and individuals, as well as vegetables and fruits that are only sold locally. Many products are popular with local consumers and sell out by the afternoon. The Yoshikawa Toujinosato Tourist Brewery, open to visitors, produces and sells local brews and dairy products. Its gelato containing malted rice is quite popular.

    Yoshikawa toji no sato is an interesting place for a short visit. We walked from Jogehema station. If you don't speak Japanese, there's limited information available, but you can still enjoy looking...

  • Myoko Kogen Beer Park Tatrakan
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    4.0
    4 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Niigata Prefecture Myoko City Ikenohei Onsen 2457-2
    You’ll find this beer restaurant near Hotel Alpen Blick of Ikenotaira hot spring in Myoko City, Niigata Prefecture. It also serves as a brewery of the local brewer of Myoko Kogen Beer. Besides freshly brewed local beer, there’s a buffet featuring about 100 different options. There’s Western food as well as tempura, teuchi soba, sushi, and other Japanese cuisine as well. The European-style interior is spacious, and it’s a popular spot with tourists coming from the hot springs and ski slopes or visiting on summer break.

    This is a huge restaurant with second floor restaurant seating surrounding the ground floor seating space. You can choose from the regular buffet food to BBQ, Shabu Shabu pork to crab legs. You...

  • Kaneta Souvenirs
    Shopping
    Nigata Pref. Myoukoushi Taguchi 315
    This is a long-established souvenir shop located in front of Myoko Kogen Station, and the yellow tent in the shop is a landmark. Inside the store are a variety of Myoko souvenirs such as sasadango (mugwort-flavored mochi and red beans wrapped in bamboo leaves) and buckwheat, handmade dumplings wrapped in leaves, nozawa-na vegetables, oyaki (vegetable dumplings), and a cooking paste made from chili pepper used frequently in local homes. Seasonal mountain plants such as primula farinose with its cute flowers are also available in a special space behind the store.
  • Akakura Hot Spring NotenburoTaki no Yu
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Nigata Pref. Myoukoushi Akakura
    This is a day-trip bathing facility located in Akakura, Myoko City, Niigata Prefecture, a spot where you can enjoy Akakura hot springs boasting an abundance of hot water. The main attraction of the bathhouse is the big outdoor bath that is built with about 3,000 large rocks and is large enough for about 50 people. A waterfall flowing down from the rock is also popular. In the summer months a pool where guests can wear swimwear is opened and water shooters and slides are also set up in the hot spring pool. Inside the hall there is also a rest area of 50-tatami mats in size.
  • Akakura Hot Springs Ashiyu (foot bath) Park
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    3.5
    3 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Nigata Pref. Myoukoushi Akakura Hot spring 585-1
    This is a spa town which is located in the mountainside of “Mt. Myoko” in Myoko City, Niigata Prefecture, which prospered from the Edo period as a province managed hot spring. It has been famous as a ski resort since the Meiji era, and there are a number of well-known ski resorts such as “Akakura Onsen Ski Resort” nearby. Akakura hot spring is a combination of two spring types, and is a valuable famous spring called “spring of beautiful skin,” and “natural skin lotion.” “Akakura hot spring footbath park” is located on the edge of the Akakura hot spring township, and in the park there are large and small footbaths that anyone can use free of charge.

    This is a family-run ryokan. They provide basic amenities. However, I think those are good enough for a ski trip. For example, they have a very big dry room which we use to lot to store our gears...

  • Imori Pond
    Travel / Tourism
    Ikehyaira Myoko City Niigata Prefecture
    This is a lake of about 500 meters in circumference located in Ikenodaira Hot Spring adjacent to “Myoko Kogen Visitor Center” in Myoko City in Niigata Prefecture. It is a superb scenic spot and on a sunny day the famous peak, “Mt. Myoko,” is reflected on the surface of the lake. There are about 100 thousand Arum lilies bulbs in the area and the lilies start flowering in late April. It is famous for a sightseeing spot for the changing colors of the leaves in autumn. Visitors can see various plants and birds throughout the four seasons, and there is a footpath around the lake.
  • Iwanohara Vineyard
    Travel / Tourism
    Nigata Pref. Jouetsushi Kitagata 1223
    The winery north of Joetsu City in Niigata Prefecture includes vineyards and a wine shop, a wine cellar with an attached yukimuro refrigerated snow room, and a restaurant where visitors can enjoy wine and local foods. Zenbei Kawakami, known as the “Japanese father of wine” established the winery in 1890. It is said to be one of the oldest wineries in existence in Japan and has continued making high-quality domestic wines. Various wines such as premium wine made only from grapes grown at the vineyard on site and the famous wine “Miyukibana”, which was awarded a silver medal in the “Japan Wine Competition,” are available at the shop.
  • Menya Agosuke
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Jouetsushi Shimomonzen 1650
    Located in Joetsu City, Niigata Prefecture, this popular ramen shop is known for lines of customers at lunch. Their signature “shio ramen” offers a Japanese taste through its exquisite blend of fish soup (flying fish from Sado) and animal soup. The lunch-only “shio tonkotsu” and dinner-only “kuro tonkotsu” are popular. Different variations of homemade noodles are used for different dishes. The wood-like interior offers a warm atmosphere with bare light bulb lighting.
  • Tonjiru Tachibana
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    4.0
    24 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Myoukoushi Kurihara 2-3-10
    Tonjiru Tachibana located on National Route 292 at 2 Chome, Kurihara, Myoko City is a specialty tonjiru (pork soup) restaurant. Its simple tonjiru made from pork, onions, tofu and white miso (soybean paste) features a mild sweetness while having a stew-like richness. It offers noodles such as tonjiru ramen noodles and tonjiru soba noodles as well as a tonjiru set meal served with Koshihikari rice produced in Yashiro.

    甘いか。甘めのとん汁。味噌も白味噌比率が多めの合わせ味噌か。玉ねぎの甘さもあるか。とろとろの口当たり。これはジャガイモかと思うほどとろとろ。どうやら大量の玉ねぎらしい。誠に申し訳ないが、個人的な好みとはまったく正反対。汁物に限って言えば、玉ねぎの甘さは好きなのだが、ジャガイモやカボチャなど澱粉質の甘さや白味噌の甘さは好まない。それでも、玉ねぎの甘さに加えて、白味噌の甘さなのでだめだ。なので、ここは...

  • Asahiro
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Itoigawashi Nou 4571-1
    Asahiro located in No, Itoigawa City is a ramen noodle restaurant. It offers soy sauce flavored ramen noodles which lightly-twisted noodles in strongly flavored soup made with pork bones, vegetables and seafood are topped with roast pork and onions. It has a simple menu with ramen noodles and roast pork noodles.

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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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