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Nature Spots in Murakami / Senami / Iwafune Area

  • Awashima Island
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    Awashimura Village, Iwafune-gun, Niigata Prefecture
    This small island measuring approximately ten square kilometers floats in the Sea of Japan in the northern reaches of Niigata Prefecture. There are some amazing sights to be had despite from the wonderful beach front to the east of 265-meter-tall Mt. Koshibayama, to the sheer precipice dropping off its western face. There are plenty of camp-grounds and lots of ways to enjoy getting in touch with nature such as rental bicycles that you can use to get around the island. To get to Awashima Island you can take a ferry from either Niigata Port or Iwafune Port. Awashima is known for its Wappa, a circular bento lunch box, into which they put Isou rock-fish and miso before cooking it over red-hot stones in a dish called Wappani. Another popular local dish is Imodako, which is a mix of local potatoes and octopus cooked together.
  • Arakawa Gorge
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    Niigata Iwafune-gun Sekikawamura Yusawa
    This gorge lies along the Arakawa River in Bandai-Asahi National Park. It is the best spot in the prefecture for seeing autumn leaves, and it features other attractions, such as popular driving routes and Echigo-Sekikawa Hot Spring Village. It is considered one of the 100 Scenic Spots in Niigata Prefecture, and Takanosu Suspension Bridge, considered one of the 50 selected bridges of Niigata Prefecture, is considered the foremost viewing spot on the river. The autumn leaf season, from late October to early November, is a great favorite of visitors, giving them a view of brocade-like beauty. On National Route 113, the so-called Arakawa Narrows Autumn Leaf Line, drivers can see the natural “art” of the trees, as befits the name of the road.
  • Oishi Dam
    Travel / Tourism
    Niigata Iwafune-gun Sekikawamura Oishi 404-3
  • Miomote Dam
    Travel / Tourism
    Niigata Murakami-shi Iwakuzure Numata
  • Saruta Dam
    Travel / Tourism
    Niigata Murakami-shi Miomote Saruda
  • Gagyusan
    Travel / Tourism
    Niigata Prefecture Murakami
  • Omakuba
    Travel / Tourism
    Niigata Prefecture Murakami
  • Oku Tainai Valley
    Travel / Tourism
    Niigata Tainai-shi
  • Zenrokuike
    Travel / Tourism
    Niigata Prefecture Murakami
  • Nashinoki Pass
    Travel / Tourism
    Niigata Tainai-shi
  • Budotoge
    Travel / Tourism
    Niigata Prefecture Murakami
  • Momogawa Pass
    Travel / Tourism
    Niigata Murakami-shi

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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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