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  • Yamagami Dyeworks Shop
    Shopping
    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.
  • Fujimien
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    4.5
    3 Reviews
    Shopping
    Nigata Pref. Murakamishi Nagaimachi 4-19
    This specialty Japanese tea shop is located in Murakami City, Niigata Prefecture, said to be the northernmost limit of tea production. It was established in 1868. The shop cultivates, manufactures and sells Murakami tea, which has a long history spanning back to the early Edo period. The distinctively mellow astringent and faintly sweet flavor of Murakami tea is due to its being cultivated in a region where the days are short, and the temperature difference between night and day, severe. The shop’s Snow Country black tea is also popular, with its mild flavor. The shop also serves matcha and Snow Country black tea soft-serve ice cream between March and October. The tradesman’s house with an open fireplace also allows customers to eat-in.

    村上の街を散策中に立ち寄りました。 老舗のお茶屋さんらしいレトロな店構え。 店内に入り、抹茶アイスとほうじ茶アイスをお願いすると 「お茶をどうぞ」と、奥のお座敷に案内して頂きました。 町屋造りの建物は落ち着いた空間で、小さいお庭を眺めながら アイスと美味しいお茶で、至福の時を過ごさせて頂きました。 帰りに紅茶とお茶を購入。 紅茶はお洒落なパッケージのものが多く、お土産にも喜ばれました。

  • Masujin
    Shopping
    Nigata Pref. Murakamishi Omachi 1-19
    Masujin is a liquor store located in Omachi, Murakami City, Niigata Prefecture. Its long history saw it start out as a sake brewery until 1945 when it merged to become the Taiyo Sake Brewery. The shop, built within the old town houses, is registered as a tangible cultural property of Japan and here visitors can see the sake bottles such as the ‘Sakabune’ and ‘Binbo-tokkuri’ which once held the precious liquid. The shop sells a variety of local sake including the premium sake Shiun Taiyozakari which is only sold in Murakami City.
  • Asahi Midori-no-Sato Roadside Station
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Sennenzake Kikkawa
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    4.5
    35 Reviews
    Shopping
    Nigata Pref. Murakamishi Omachi 1-20
    Sennenzake Kikkawa is a long established store which sells salmon products located in Murakami City, Niigata Prefecture, famous for its salmon. Over 100 kinds of recipes involving salmon remain to this day. The store was founded in 1626 as a wholesaler of rice, but after handling fermented food products such as miso, soy sauce, and sake, the shop turned its attention to the production and selling of salmon products. There is a countless number of salmon hanging from the rafters in the extremely historical shop building with salmon and salmon roe products, produced without any additives, displayed within. Their most popular product is the salted salmon, cured for about one month.

    三面川の鮭専門の店です。なんといっても天井から吊るされている鮭を見上げるのは、壮観です。村上に観光に来たらいの一番に見るところかもしれません。行ったときはちょうど観光客が何組も来ていましたが、やはり鮭を見上げて感心するばかりでした。お土産の鮭は、ありとあらゆる部位を、おかずにつまみに良いように、調理したものがあります。鮭一切れが1,000円以上しますが、自宅で食べても感動するほどの味です。

  • Sosendo
    Shopping
    Nigata Pref. Murakamishi Omachi 3-5
    Located in Omachi, Murakami City, Niigata Prefecture, Sosendo is a well-established Japanese confectionery shop that has been running since the Edo period. The main building built in 1893 was designated as a tangible cultural property of Japan, and still has the same old townhouse building style intact including the vaulted Japanese-style sitting room, old beams, and a sunken hearth. The shop has a variety of different confectioneries and cakes such as the Murakami specialty, Budokan, as well as fresh seasonal cakes and yokan (adzuki-bean jelly). Their Sake-no-kirimi rakugan (hard candy) which looks just like a fillet of salmon is a typical confection considering Murakami is known as the place of salmon.
  • Sekikawa Roadside Station
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    3.5
    19 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

    東北で一番好きな道の駅です。 きれいな温泉が併設されており、外に足湯もあります。 遅い時間まで利用可能で疲れた身体をいやすのに最適でした。

  • Salt & Cafe (Sasagawa-nagare)
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    4.0
    3 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Murakamishi Wakigawa 1008-1
    Located on a hill in Wakigawa, Murakami City, Niigata Prefecture, this cafe sits alongside a salt factory on the coast. Sea salt is derived the old-fashioned way by taking sea water from the sea in front of the factory and boiling it down in a wood-burning oven for over 15 hours. Here you can have a lovely, relaxing meal looking out over the beautiful clear waters and beach while enjoying the cool sea breeze. Popular dishes include the salted soft ice-cream, and salted rice balls. As well as selling homemade salt at the shop they also do tours of the salt factory.

    青い海が美しい地、笹川流れ。この夏気になっていた塩工房をのぞきました。海水を汲み上げて薪で炊いて塩の結晶を作ります。そこから、藻塩や梅塩、笹川流れの塩など多種類の純度の高い塩ができあがります。その塩を使ったカフェです。日本海がカフェの席からよく見えます。ソフトクリームに塩をかけた塩アイスとても美味でした。夫は、ゆで卵に塩をかけていました。50円です。他にカレーやスパゲティーなどがありました。景観...

  • Izakaya Isshin
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    4.0
    2 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Murakamishi Tabatamachi 15-6
    Isshin is a popular izakaya, about a four minute walk from Murakami Station, where you can enjoy seafood directly from Iwafune Port. The chairman and company president is an active fisherman who fishes every day and consequently the restaurant has a reputation for good quality, fresh fish. There are a wide variety of dishes on the menu from rice bowls to sashimi, tempura, fried fish and set meals. Their most popular dishes are the seafood rice bowls. The luxurious Jokamachi Tonosama Seafood Rice Bowl topped with an assortment of over 20 kinds of seafood is the restaurant’s specialty. The stylish restaurant decked out in bamboo and Japanese umbrellas has a very Japanese feel to it.

    団体旅行のランチで利用しました。JR村上駅からすぐの立地です。海鮮丼はウニ、とろ、新鮮なイカ等、どんぶりからはみ出るくらいのボリュームでした。夜は居酒屋として営業しているようです。また機会があったら利用したいです。

  • Restaurant Chidori
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    4.0
    5 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Murakamishi Saikumachi 2-14
    Chidori is a Japanese restaurant in Saiku Town, Murakami City, Niigata Prefecture, where you can indulge in seasonal Murakami delicacies and local sake. It is a well known restaurant loved not only be tourists but by the locals too. The restaurant serves set meals, rice bowls and individual dishes where guests can enjoy the local delights from both land and sea such as their daamata bowl topped with plenty of vivid red and flavorsome Murakami beef and fresh seafood. In the autumn guests can enjoy a menu full of Murakami specialties, salmon and salmon roe. The restaurant has a relaxed atmosphere with seating at the counter or on the raised tatami-floor. It’s the kind of restaurant where one could easily go by themselves and not feel out of place.

    数年前に汐見荘に宿泊したお店に4年ぶりに入店しました。以前は、夏に来店したのですが、今回は3月のランチ時に入店しました。今回も「だあまた丼」を注文しました。注文した時は、少し看板メニュと限定10食で元が取れなく、普段のお客ではなかったので少しワンクッション置かれたのですが、オーダーすることができました。 地元の食材がふんだんに、ご飯の上に置かれ、新鮮な刺身、卵焼き、鮭の塩焼きなど美味しさを堪能し...

  • Watanabe-Tei
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    4.0
    13 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Nigata Pref. Iwafunegunsekikawamura Shimoseki 904
    Watanabe-Tei is the former residence of the first generation of the Watanabe family, who was vassal to the Murakami feudal lord. Watanabe passed on the family estate to his son and in 1667 moved here to what is now Sekikawa Village in Iwafune County, Niigata Prefecture. The house is the residence of a wealthy farmer with the main building constructed in a unique fashion with six storehouses, and a circuit style garden in the more than 100,000 square meter grounds. The main building and the storehouses have been designated as National Important Cultural Properties and the garden a National Place of Scenic Beauty. During the Great Heisei Repairs (a nationwide effort to restore old buildings to their ancient appearance), Watanabe-Tei was restored to its former Edo period glory and is now open to the public. There is a tea house in the grounds which offers matcha green tea and coffee. The nearest station is Echigo-Shimoseki Station.

    ちょうど通り掛かったところに大きいお屋敷があり、人がいたので寄りました。昔の豪農と言われたお金持ちの家でした。家の様子はわかりましたが、もう行くことはありません。

  • Gourmet Restaurant Yamashin
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    4.0
    15 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Murakamishi Ino 3-2-1
    Yamashin is a shop and restaurant specializing in the Murakami brand beef, Murakami-gyu, twice awarded the top grade from the Japan Meat Grading Association. Guests can enjoy the soft juicy texture, and full flavor of Murakami beef at the restaurant with a wide range of dishes on the menu from reasonably priced gyudon (beef on a bowl of rice), to set meals and fine course meals of the highest ranked A-5 sirloin steak. Their yakiniku (grilled meat) menu, available only during the week, and individual dishes such as their handmade croquettes are also popular. This popular restaurant will often have a queue of people waiting outside during peak times on the weekend. They also have a take away menu too. The nearest station is Murakami Station.

    村上駅の近くにある村上牛専門店。 ステーキ御膳を食べたかったのですが一番安いもので3200円だったので、1980円の上焼肉定食をいただきました。 さすが専門店とだけあってお肉は柔らかく、噛むとじゅわっと脂が出てきますが、全然くどくなかったです。お米もとても美味しかったです。 串焼きやコロッケ、メンチカツがテイクアウトできるので、小腹を満たすのにちょうどいいかもしれません。

  • Tokeien
    Travel / Tourism
    Nigata Pref. Iwafunegunsekikawamura Shimoseki 906-3
    Tokeien is a wooden house built in 1905 as a branch family house of Watanabe-Tei, a National Important Cultural Property. It is a two-story, Japanese hipped tiled roof house with all the style and architectural design from the Meiji period. Various furnishings and interior remain in the house such as the earthen floor, the hearth, and tea room, giving a sense of what life was like back then. Bento box meals, which can be reserved ahead of time, are popular and can be eaten while looking out across the beautiful garden. Local food events and tea ceremonies are also held here in the autumn. The nearest station is Echigo-Shimoseki Station.
  • Machiya Gallery Yamakichi
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    4.5
    5 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nigata Pref. Murakamishi Sakanamachi 8-4
    Machiya Gallery Yamakichi is a gallery housed within one of the old townhouses, or machiya, which has been designated as one of the nation’s Registered Tangible Cultural Properties. The building still retains the charm of the Edo period with its stylish black tiles and window grills. The gallery mainly handles pieces from local craftsmen and handicrafts made by traditional craftsmen with quite a range on offer such as salted salmon patchwork, and Uetsu shinafu (a kind of woven textile). Inside the building you can see the hearth and living room and also you can see furnishings like the old wooden panels and sliding doors which were fashionable at the time. The nearest station is Murakami Station.

    昨年訪ねた町屋めぐりがとても良かったので今年も訪ねました。風情のある暖簾をくぐると、歴史上に出てくる人物のの土人形。そして、三人官女のいない京都の文化の影響を受けた江戸時代のお雛様が飾られていました。ギャラリーの方がとても穏やかに親切に説明してくれました。

  • Kappo Matsuuraya
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    4.5
    2 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Murakamishi Teramachi 1-3
    This long-established Kappo restaurant is located in Murakami City, Niigata Prefecture. This famous restaurant serves Murakami specialty salmon and Murakami beef dishes. It is a perfectly Japanese-style building, with counter seats, slightly elevated seating, tatami flooring and an area for dinner parties. The restaurant serves a lunchtime salmon mini course, which is available all year-round, and allows customers to enjoy around five different salmon meals that have a history in Murakami dating back a thousand years. In the Autumn, there is a luxurious full course meal, which includes sets of sashimi and Hirako (fish roe). The Murakami Beef Amiyaki (grilling on wire net) Teishoku set meal, with seasonal side dishes, is also very popular.

    今天就以 日本最受讚賞的黑毛和牛套餐 村上牛 梅貝 瀧川豆腐 鳥肘煮 月越光米+豆腐味噌湯 來劃下句點 下次有機會再來點鮭魚料理

  • Nakamuraya
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    4.0
    2 Reviews
    Shopping
    Nigata Pref. Iwafunegunsekikawamura Yusawa 408-1
    Nakamuraya is a long-established Japanese-style confectionery shop in the Takase Onsen spa town in Sekikawa Village, Iwafune County, Niigata Prefecture. They only sell the kintsuba confection which boasts a history of over 100 years, but if you want to buy this cake, you’ll need to put in an order at least one day in advance. The delicately sweet tasting kintsuba made with the flavor of adzuki beans from Hokkaido has long been loved as a souvenir treat from Takase Onsen. Part of its charm is the exquisite flavor which comes from each being handmade in the old-fashioned way.

    キンツバだけを製造しておられる職人のお店でした。年配の職人さんのようで、注文を受けた分プラスαぐらいしか作らないそうです。今回は10個入りなら売ってもらえるとのことでお土産にできました。

  • Taiyo Sake Brewery
    Travel / Tourism
    Nigata Pref. Murakamishi Ino 1-4-31
    Located in Murakami City, Niigata Prefecture, Taiyo Sake Brewery came about when 14 local breweries merged in 1945. It is known as one of the first breweries to have marketed ginjoshu sake in Japan, winning numerous awards. Using rice produced in Niigata Prefecture and fresh local water perfect for brewing, Taiyo Sake Brewery is able to produce a wide range of sake from the highest quality sake to an evening tipple. Their Shiun sake, only available in the Murakami region, is a popular choice as a souvenir. Inside the brewery is an exhibition area which shows the equipment used for brewing, drinking vessels, and an introduction of townhouse culture. Visitors can also enjoy sampling sake fresh from the brewery.
  • Roadside Station Tainai
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    3.0
    7 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Nigata Pref. Tainaishi Shimoakadani 387-1
    This small roadside station is located in Shimoakadani, Tainai City, Niigata Prefecture along Prefectural Road 53, known as “Tainai Ninoji Koen Hagurosen.” It is built to resemble a log cabin that is situated among the grandeur of the mountains and river. Relieve yourself from the fatigue of your drive by resting near the wood-burning stove. You’ll find souvenir shops as well as a tourist information center inside. There’s also the “Kua House Tainai” hot spring facility nearby, as well as “Tarugahashi Amusement Park,” which contains both an amusement park and a zoo.

    トイレ休憩に立ち寄りました。が、お土産も買うことができました。とてもいいスポットでした。また、近隣にはお寺も。

  • Yama no Eki Tainai Kogen Mountain Station Beer Garden
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    4.0
    4 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Tainaishi Atsutazaka 670-1
    This beer garden brews premium craft beer using technology from its home in Germany. Located in Tainai City, Niigata Prefecture, it was renovated as Yama no Eki in 2015. The restaurant onsite specializes in dishes made using brewers’ yeast to bring out the flavor. The shopping area offers local beers as well as ham, sausage, and other processed goods. There’s a beer factory tour available as well.

    数年前にビール園を訪ねたときは、お客さんがち長蛇の列で、やっと入れるくらいににぎわっていました。ビールに合うおつまみのソーセージの盛り合わせ、チーズの盛り合わせ、肉料理などビールに合うおつまみが美味しく、新鮮なもので安価であり、ロイヤルに行くときの楽しみでした。それがいつお日か閉鎖さるる事態に・・・・ でも大好きだったビール園が復活したことで嬉しく思いました。ランチタイムの時間だけですが、ビー...

  • Wakabayashike Jutaku
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    3.5
    18 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Nigata Pref. Murakamishi Sannochou 7-13
    This warrior residence belonged to the Murakami clan and is registered as an Important Cultural Property. It is a typical middle-class samurai household, rare in Eastern Japan, and has undergone restoration work. The building is L-shaped and has a thatched roof. The interior has a narrow earth floor and is divided into living and work areas. The residence along with the garden is open to the public, and visitors can purchase a ticket that grants access to both the Murakamishi Kyodo Shiryokan (Murakami City Local Museum) and the Murakami Rekishi Bunkakan (Murakami History Museum).

    村上ではイヨボヤ会館の次に訪問したのは、ここ。若林家住宅である。150石取りに中級武士の家、曲家造り。茅葺屋根で軒先に鮭が下がる。

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