Leisure / Hobbies Spots in Nagaoka / Teradomari / Kashiwazaki Area

  • Echigo Hillside National Government Park
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    Nigata Pref. Nagaokashi Miyamotohigashikatamachi 1950-1
    Occupying an extensive site, Echigo Hillside National Government Park has plenty of fun things to do and experience. This is a nature park where visitors can enjoy the beautiful flowers and scenery (which changes with the seasons), experience life in a Satoyama (traditional community-managed forest) habitat, and learn about the different plants and animals that have evolved in concert with human agricultural activity. Visitors can eat in the Rest House, or enjoy an outdoor barbecue. Echigo Hillside National Government Park is located around 10-minute drive from the Nagaoka Interchange of the Hokuriku Expressway.
  • Teradomari Aquarium
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    Nigata Pref. Nagaokashi Teradomarihanatate 9353-158
    Teradomari Aquarium showcases the fish that live in the Sea of Japan. Besides the live specimens in the Aquarium, there are also fascinating displays about other natural creatures, including seabirds such as seagulls and kittiwakes, many different types of seaweed and small fish species, etc. The first to third floors of the Aquarium have approximately 10,000 fish belonging to around 400 different species from all over the world; visitors can watch the fish being fed. Teradomari Aquarium is located around 35-minute walk from the Nakanoshima Mitsuke Interchange of the Hokuriku Expressway.
  • Washima Auto Camping Site
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    Nigata Pref. Nagaokashi Ryoutaka 1
    This auto camping site on a hill with a great view of the Sea of Japan is a 40-minute drive from Nagaoka Interchange. It is located right by to the water, so campers can enjoy the feel of the sea breeze. It's a great choice for people who want to enjoy camping and the beach while watching the sun set over the water. Other facilities besides tent sites include comfortable cabins for people looking to relax with family, bungalows that can be used with larger groups, a cooking area, showers, a fully equipped playground, tennis courts, and a fishing area. The beach can be accessed via a promenade from the camping site. In the summertime, campers can enjoy swimming to their heart's content. Some areas designated for people with pets are also available.
  • Niigata Prefectural Museum of History
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    Nigata Pref. Nagaokashi Sekiharamachi 1 Authority 2247-2
    This large museum, about 10,000 square meters in area, is located in Sekiharamachi, Nagaoka City, Niigata Prefecture. The permanent exhibitions focus on the Jomon period and introduce the folk culture and history of Niigata. The “Jomonjin no Sekai Corner” teaches about the hunter-gatherer lifestyle of the Jomon settlers throughout the seasons. You’ll also find excavation reports and archaeological studies on Jomon culture, models of the covered walkways of Gangi-dori in the snowy Takada region, an explanation of the history of rice-making, and more.
  • Kujiranami Beach Resort
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    Nigata Pref. Kashiwazakishi Kujiranami
    With its beautiful scenery, Kujiranami Beach Resort has been included in the list of Japan’s Top 100 best beaches. The beach is located just behind the Kujiranami fishing harbor, accessed down a sloping path from an area of bed-and-breakfast accommodation. This small bay receives relatively few visitors, and so is a great place to relax on the beach. Visitors can also enjoy fishing from the rocks. Kujiranami Beach Resort is located around 10-minute drive from the Yoneyama Interchange of the Hokuriku Expressway.
  • Yukyuzan Park
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    Nigata Pref. Nagaokashi Oyamachou 80-5
    This urban park is located on National Route 353, east of the JR Nagaoka Station. It is also known as Oyama, and inside the park is a mini zoo and a play area for children. It is also a famous flower-viewing spot with approximately 2,500 cherry trees, with different types of tree, such as Yoshino cherry trees, weeping cherry trees and double-flowered cherry trees. Every spring, the Yukyuzan cherry blossom festival is held here, and in the evening, the trees are lit up and the park fills with crowds of tourists. In addition to the cherry blossoms, there are also flowers and trees such as irises and Japanese maple trees planted here, making the park a popular place for locals to relax throughout all four seasons.
  • Kashiwazaki City Museum
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    Nigata Pref. Kashiwazakishi Midorichou 8-35
    Kashiwazaki City Museum is located a 20-minute walk from Kashiwazaki Station on the JR Shinetsu Main Line in the city of Kashiwazaki, Niigata Prefecture. It displays materials related to an extinct Naumann elephant that was unearthed in the city. In the Nature Display Room, visitors can see a permanent display that features actual specimens of insects, plants, and other life forms that live in the area. They can also watch videos about these plants and animals. Another permanent exhibit is found in the Humanities Room, where visitors can learn about local history and folk culture. Another room contains a model of Mt. Yoneyama and its beech forests. There is even a planetarium with programs that shows the stars that are visible from Kashiwazaki on that day, with a theme of healing and solace.
  • Ishiji Beach Resort
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    Nigata Pref. Kashiwazakishi Nishiyamachouishiji
    The Ishiji Beach Resort is wide and shallow, with clean water, making it quite popular with families. It is also famous for being the Sea of Japan beach most accessible from the Kanto region. Given the right meteorological conditions, the sunset at Ishiji is said to create the largest-looking sun in the world. The beach usually opens in early July. Approximately 15 minutes by car via Nishiyama Interchange on the Hokuriku Expressway.
  • Niigata Prefectural Kodomo Shizen Okoku
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    Nigata Pref. Kashiwazakishi Takayanagichoutakao 30-33
    This large prefectural children's recreational complex located a 30-minute drive from Muikamachi Interchange has a theme of Play, Learn, Stay. It offers hands-on activity programs for children that utilize the surrounding natural environment to the fullest. The complex's main building contains hands-on learning classrooms, a play hall, lodging facilities, a restaurant, a shop, and more. Outdoor facilities include a hands-on workshop, a large playground, a tree house, campground, barbequing area, a waterfront, a canoeing area, a family ski area (winter only), and more. All in all, it is a place where parents and children alike can play to their hearts content.
  • Koshikogen Ski Resort
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    Nigata Pref. Nagaokashi Yamakoshitakezawa A 910
    This ski resort is found in Nagano Yamakoshi, one of Niigata’s best locations for snowfall. Both experts and beginners share the same lift with two runs descending from it, everything is also open to snowboarders. The expert run, or Hibuse Course, descends dramatically straight down from the summit. Meanwhile the Onigiri Mountain Course for beginners and intermediate guests takes a more leisurely route allowing you to enjoy the scenery while skiing. There’s also the Children’s Gelande aimed towards families allowing you to take your children on the slopes without worry.
  • Snow Country Botanical Gardens Homaru
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    Nigata Pref. Nagaokashi Miyamotomachi 3
    This botanical garden is located in 3 Chome, Miyamoto-machi, Nagaoka City. The garden focuses mainly on natural vegetation that does not include foreign plants, horticultural plants or seaside plants. It covers over 35 hectares of foothill land, and visitors can view the various plants that grow here and change with the seasons. There are also facilities such as an open lawn area, an observatory and a free rest area.
  • Yuugi
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    Nigata Pref. Kashiwazakishi Nishiyamachoubetsuyama 6713-1
    This outdoor experience facility is located along Prefectural Route 48, in Betsuyama, Nishiyama-cho, Kashiwazaki City. It has an auto campsite, a free campsite and log cabins where visitors can enjoy the outdoors in a natural environment with an overlooking view of the sunset over the Sea of Japan. There are also facilities for making food such as soba noodles, as well as a crafting experience facility where visitors can try their hand at pottery-making.
  • Bashoen Garden
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    Niigata Santo-gun Izumozaki Machi Sumiyoshicho 556- Ko
    In this garden stands a stone monument inscribed with a copy of the entirety of the text of famed poet Matsuo Basho’s “Ginga no Jo” (“Preface to the Milky Way”) written in his own hand. A line from this poem, composed in 1689 while making the journey he would ultimately describe in his “Narrow Road to the Interior,” is particularly famous: “turbulent ocean / extending out to Sado / the Milky Way.” The monument as well as a statue of Basho stands on the grounds of a residence which once belonged to the Torii, a family whose members served as town elders in Izumozaki. Various sights connected to Basho, including the birth home of Ryokan, a priest and poet Basho greatly respected, are located in the area, and even today many amateur haiku lovers make their way here. There is a mailbox in the garden which visitors can use to submit haiku poems; once a year, the best are selected for compilation into a collection.
  • Hokkoku Kaido Tsumairi Kaikan
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    Niigata Santo-gun Izumozakimachi Amaze 166
    “Tsumairi” is a Japanese architectural style in which the entrance is placed on one of the sides, or “tsuma.” During the Edo period, buildings were taxed based on the width of their frontage, resulting in large numbers of these long, narrow tsumairi houses standing side by side. Echigo once boasted the highest population density in the country, and Izumozaki flourished as a post station town on the old Hokkoku Highway. This facility, standing on a piece of flat ground sandwiched between a small hill and the Sea of Japan, reproduces the traditional layout of a tsumairi home and serves as a rest area for tourists and as a community gathering space. Inside, visitors can learn more about traditional architecture and its historical background, as well as tourist destinations in Izumozaki. Many tourists stop here to take a break in between exploring the town.
  • Tenryo Izumozaki Jidaikan
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    Niigata Santo-gun Izumozaki Machi Amaze 6-57
    A cultural facility adjoining Roadside Station Echigo-Izumozaki Tenryo-no-Sato. Inside, the facility contains a recreation of a townscape consisting of homes and businesses designed in the distinctive “tsumairi” style of Izumozaki, enabling visitors to go back in time and experience what the area looked like when it was a brilliant and bustling “tenryo” town under the direct control of the shogunate government. Through lighting and audio; and recreations of a magistrate’s ship and office, kitamaebune cargo ship, and Edo period townscape, visitors can immerse themselves in the majesty and atmosphere of the Edo period. Visitors can also decorate and create their own original paper balloon by pasting colored paper to a blank paper balloon, see a recreation of the birth home of the priest and poet Ryokan, and learn about the many writers and artists who visited and depicted Izumozaki.
  • Teradomari-Nozumi Beach
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    Niigata Nagaoka-shi Teradomari Nozumi Kaigan
    This swimming beach features a landscape of rock formations and lies at the entrance to the Echigo-Nanaura Seaside Line Highway. Blessed with a broad, sand beach, it experiences north winds every afternoon, making it a mecca for wind surfing and other marine sports. The coastal road in Teradomari stretches for 16 kilometers north to south and takes visitors to four swimming beaches. The sea at these beaches remains shallow far out from the shore, so parents like to take their children here. The area offers a full range of upscale shops, eating and drinking establishments, and lodging facilities, attracting many tourists from both Niigata Prefecture and elsewhere every year.
  • Todo no Mori Water Park
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    Niigata Nagaoka-shi Nishinakanomata 3996
    A park encompassing a famous spring located 50 minutes from the Nagaoka Interchange on the Kan-Etsu Expressway. The park’s spacious, 12-hectare grounds are outfitted with a restaurant, hall, teahouse, and campground. The Todo no Mori spring, which wells up on the park’s grounds, once supported village life, being used for drinking water and irrigation. The spring was selected for inclusion in the Ministry of the Environment’s Top 100 Famous Water list in 1985, and since that time its clear, quality waters have won it much popularity, with an unending stream of visitors making their way here from across the prefecture and beyond. The soft water spring continues to flow regardless of the season, and visitors can take home a bottle filled from the spring year round.
  • Ryokan no Sato Art Museum
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    Niigata Nagaoka-shi Shimazaki 3938
    "The art museum is on Washima, where celebrated monk Ryokan Taigu spent his autumn years. It exhibits works by famous cultural figures, centering around documents and poems by Ryokan and his favored pupil Teishin-ni. Inside the museum, they fun the film ""Washimano Ryokan/Ryokan to Teishin-ni"" on a massive screen, offering an up-close look at the man's character, described as a man of ""gentle face and kind words.” There is a free calligraphy and origami activity area, to help visitors experience the soul of Ryokan themselves. Many visitors pass by on their trips to visit nearby his Bodai-ji, Ryusen-ji temple, as well as the Kimura's house where Ryokan spent his later years."
  • Doin Auto Campground
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    Niigata Nagaoka-shi Tochibori 8092
    This campground is inside Doin Shizen Fureai no Mori, which spreads out halfway up Mt. Sumon, Echigo's famous peak. The wide-spreading resort facility 600 meters up the mountain offers a full taste of the clean, greenery filled air of the Doin highland. The beech and oak tree embraced caravan campsite is completely marked off. Neighboring sites differ in elevation to offer more space and privacy than other campgrounds. Their exclusive ski slopes let you enjoy Glestain skiing using skis with special rollers. They offer full equipment rentals for Glestain skiing, which have full speed and braking control, and since you can ski in your normal clothes it's quite accessible.
  • Musician Ningyokan
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    Niigata Kashiwazaki-shi Omigawa 133-1 Nihonkai Fisherman's Cape Uchi
    A museum located inside Nihonkai Fisherman’s Cape, a commercial complex with restaurants, shopping, and a beachside resort. This unusual museum is dedicated to miniature figurines of musicians. The museum’s collection of wooden, metal, porcelain, and paper figurines spans over 2,000 items. The museum’s expressive figurines, depicted holding the same instruments as their real-life counterparts, have been gathered from across Japan and the world. Looking as if they’ll spring to life and start making music, the collection includes particularly rare and valuable figures as well.

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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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