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  • GALA Yuzawa Ski Resort
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nigata Pref. Minamiuonumagunyuzawamachi Yuzawa Chihira 1039-2
    This ski resort is directly linked to the GALA Yuzawa Station. The Cheers gondola rises up to the ski slope’s central area, from which point skiers can choose from any of 17 courses. The snow is of high quality, perfect for everyone from beginners to advanced level skiers, and the ski resort is directly linked to the Shinkansen train line, making it even convenient. In addition, a skiing and snowboarding school officially recognized by SAJ/JSBA has been opened, and instructors with a wealth of experience carefully construct lessons according to their students’ levels. The resort also has a full range of facilities, including hot springs, a lounge and a day-care center.
  • Joetsu Kokusai Ski Area
    143 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nigata Pref. Minamiuonumashi Kabanosawa 112-1
    This ski area is located on the slopes just outside the JR Joetsu Line’s Joetsu International Skiing Ground Station. The various ski slopes, spanning an area into which 214 Tokyo Domes would fit, range from advanced level courses with a highest gradient of 38 degrees, to slopes which beginners can happily enjoy. There are also two types of half pipes for both skiers and snowboarders to use. Because the ski slope is on the northern side of the mountain, it has abundant snowfall, and skiers can also enjoy the powder snow. Additionally, there are sled-only courses and snow games slopes exclusively for children, so the whole family can have fun.

    a wide skiing resort. I went there 3 times for skiing. have different categories for skier. I was also used for international ski championship. close to JR train station. it was wonderful experience.

  • Okutadami Maruyama Ski Resort
    21 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nigata Pref. Uonumashi Yunotanimogawa Ootori 1317-3
    This springtime ski paradise is located on the other side of the Okutadami Silver Line tunnel. Because this area sees heavy snowfall, visitors can enjoy skiing and snowboarding from the start of winter until around Golden Week in spring. (Although the ski area does temporarily close in the case of very heavy snowfall.) The gentle slope from the mountain peak is popular with beginners to intermediate level skiers. The course, which goes through a natural beech forest, is used by cross country runners as well. Visitors can enjoy gliding over the powder snow in the first skiing season of each winter. Ski lessons are by reservation only.

    初滑りシーズンと春スキーシーズンでまったく違う景色を楽しませてくれるのが奥只見スキー場です。天気の良い時は景色を楽しみながら滑るのも良いですし、滑りごたえのあるコースやパークを攻めるのも良いと思います。 コースは中上級者向けの斜面が多いです。休憩として迂回コースに回り、景色を楽しみながら滑るのも良いと思います。(春のゲレンデは黄砂の汚れと緩んだザラメ雪のバーンがとなり、滑りにくくなるので体力の消耗...

  • Maiko Snow Resort
    100 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nigata Pref. Minamiuonumashi Maigo 2056-108 Maiko Snow Resort
    This all-season resort is just off the Kita-Kanto Expressway’s Shiozawa Ishiuchi Interchange. The ski slope consists of 26 courses in total, the longest of which, is approximately 6,000 meters. There are three different areas, catering to all levels, from children and beginners to advanced level skiers. Visitors can also enjoy using the Snow Scoots and Snow Motos to explore, or to walk around using snow shoes. There are outdoor leisure facilities for auto camping, glamping and barbequing in the summer. Additionally, visitors can enjoy playing with their dogs at the Dog Field. There is a free shuttle bus from Echigo-Yuzawa Station.

    it is a wide ski resort. you can not explore whole area in one day. you should go there again to find complete spot for enjoying ski. it is better to have a guide to take you to every corner of area...

  • Iwappara Ski Area
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nigata Pref. Minamiuonumagunyuzawamachi Tsuchidaru 731-79
    This long-established ski area was built in 1931, and covers the southeast slopes of Echigo-Yuzawa’s most famous mountain, Mt. Iijisan. The single slope, which then spreads out part-way down the mountain, is one of its main characteristics. Beginners can relax and ski with confidence on the gentlest Wide Burn slope of just six degrees. For advanced skiers, there are other courses that require higher level skills, such as the Giant Course with its slopes with a highest gradient of 35 degrees. There are many facilities and programs which can be enjoyed by parents and children, such as lessons which cater to children of all ages from three years and above, and Kids Paradise with its snow games.
  • Snow Country Museum
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nigata Pref. Minamiuonumagunyuzawamachi Yuzawa 354-1
    This is a museum showing the life and history of Yuzawa, that was the backdrop for Yasunari Kawabata's novel The Snow Country. Also displayed are some of Yasunari's beloved items and writings in his own hand, as well as a Japanese-style painting gallery depicting the world from the novel. This museum is located just a 7-minute walk from the Echigo Yuzawa Station.
  • Kagura Ski Resort
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nigata Pref. Minamiuonumagunyuzawamachi Mitsumata 742
    This ski resort is the merged Kagura Mitsumata and Kagura Tashiro ski resorts renamed to Kagura Ski Resort in 2006. Each area is characterized by its slopes. The Kagura area with its advanced and intermediate courses has steep slopes starting at 1,845m, the natural beauty and gentle slopes of the Tashiro area, and the family friendly kiddie slopes of the Mitsumata area make for enjoyable skiing for all. The Naeba Ski Resort and the Tashiro area of the Kagura Ski Resort are connected by 5,481 meters of gondolas.
  • House of Light
    37 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Nigata Pref. Tokamachishi Ueno Kou 2891
    "This lodge was designed by the artist James Turrell. It was inspired by Junichiro Tanizaki's ""In Praise of Shadows"" and installed for the Echigo-Tsumari Art Field's 2000 Triennale. The wooden building incorporates plenty of Japanese elements and has a large front staircase. You can book overnight stays on their website, take tours of the facility, or use the rooms for daytime conferences and events. "

    The house of light was one of the "off the beaten" paths that we took during our week in Japan and it was definitely one of the highlights of our trip. It was an amazing experience that I would...

  • Echigo-Tsumari Satoyama Museum of Contemporary Art, KINARE
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nigata Pref. Tokamachishi Honchou 6-71-2
    This museum was founded to promote the region around Tokamachi. It's the main venue for the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale, an intentional art festival held once every three years in Echigo-Tsumari. The building itself was designed by Hiroshi Hara, one of Japan's leading architects. The cubic building has a pond set in its square atrium. During periods other than the art festival, it has a permanent exhibition with various artwork on display. There is also a museum shop and a cafe restaurant fashioned on a Spanish Bar.
  • Roadside Station Irihirose
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Mitsumata Roadside Station
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Juichiya – Souvenir and Art Gallery Coffee Shop
    Nigata Pref. Tokamachishi Matsunoyamayumoto 9-1
    Juichiya is a souvenir shop located in the Matsunoyama Onsen resort in Tokamachi City, Niigata Prefecture. It is a striking building with tiled roof and white walls. Many people come to browse and buy from the large selection of specialty products, cakes, and goods from Matsunoyama Onsen and the local area. Among them, popular items include Shinko Mochi, a local specialty of slightly sweet bean paste wrapped in the finest quality mochi, and their Western style Mukonage Manju (a bun with a bean paste filling), as well as cosmetics and skin-care products which use water from the hot spring.
  • Kojimaya Souhonten
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Tokamachishi Nakayashiki 758-1
    Kojimaya Souhonten, said to be the birthplace of local specialty Hegisoba, located in Nakayashiki, Tokamachi City, Niigata Prefecture. Hegisoba is a type of soba that is served in a wooden dish called a hegi. Funori seaweed is added to the homemade buckwheat flour ground on a millstone to make this popular Niigata specialty. The restaurant serves a variety of dishes from bowls of noodles to more formal dishes, priding itself on always sticking to the three principles of freshly ground, freshly kneaded, and freshly boiled. A popular dish on the menu is their seasonal Tenbara-zen served with a large portion of kakiage (mixed vegetable and seafood tempura). There is also an area in the restaurant which introduces the history of the biggest water mills in the prefecture and the story behind hegisoba.
  • Senju Onsen, Sennen no Yu
    7 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Nigata Pref. Tokamachishi Minakuchizawa 121-7
    Senju Onsen is a hot spring facility for day use located in Minakuchizawa in the city of Tokamachi, Niigata Prefecture. It features tea-colored spring-fed water with weak alkalinity that is said to be beneficial for the skin. It has bathing areas permeated with the soothing scent of cypress, bath tubs made of Shinano River’s cobblestones, and a spacious outdoor bath. A popular spot for local people, it also has a large salon and lounge and a restaurant that serves a varied menu, including ramen, soba, set meals, and sushi.

    時間に限りがあり、外のスペースの足湯だけの利用となりました。週末のお昼前、地元の方が吸い込まれるように建物に入っていきます。足湯利用のかたも何人かいて、本を読んだり、話をしたりそれぞれ自分の時間を楽しんでいらっしゃいました。 足湯はぽかぽか気持ちよいのが持続しました。このあたりは温泉が豊富ですね。

  • Cross 10 Tokamachi Roadside Station
    Travel / Tourism
    Nigata Pref. Tokamachishi Utsunomiya 71-26
    The Cross 10 Tokamachi Roadside Station is located next to KINARE, the Echigo-Tsumari Satoyama Museum of Contemporary Art, on National Route 117 in Tokamachi City, Niigata Prefecture. With free parking and toilet facilities available 24 hours a day, it is a convenient place to stop off for a break on your way home late at night or when returning from a day’s sightseeing. The cafe inside has a number of popular dishes including the local traditional dishes of Noppe and Tsumari soba, as well as Tsumari pork made with the well-known branded pork. The roadside station also has plenty of places to buy some local specialties such as at Echigo-Tsumari Omiyage-kan where visitors can pick up some classic Niigata souvenirs like soba, Koshihikari rice, and sasa dango (dumplings wrapped in bamboo grass).
  • Matsudai Furusato Kaikan Roadside Station
    Travel / Tourism
    Nigata Pref. Tokamachishi Matsudai 3816-1
    Located on National Route 253 in Matsudai, Tokamachi City, Niigata Prefecture, this roadside station is part of Matsudai Station on the Hokuhoku Line operated by Hokuetsu Express. It has tourist information on Matsudai and Matsunoyama Onsen, road information, souvenir shops, and restaurants frequented by local people for both lunch and dinner, making this place a convenient place for shopping and meals while waiting for your train. There is also a small museum which displays artifacts relating to the Hokuhoku Line and a motor car used at the time of building the railway line.
  • Ryujin no Yakata
    1 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Nigata Pref. Nakauonumaguntsunanmachi Yachi 7031
    Ryujin no Yakata is a hot spring facility for day use in the town of Tsunan, Naka-uonuma County, Niigata Prefecture. It is located near Ryugakubo Spring, renowned as one of the 100 finest natural springs in Japan, and it is one spot where visitors can experience the abundant water from this spring. There is a long, narrow, dragon-shaped rock bath called Ryujin no Yu and a wooden bath patterned after a shrine forest called Jomon no Yu. Men and women trade places every Wednesday. A spacious tatami room where customers can relax after bathing is available at no charge, and individual rooms are available for a fee. There is even a restaurant where visitors can enjoy set meals or noodles.


  • Okumanya
    Nigata Pref. Minamiuonumagunyuzawamachi Yuzawa 354-10
    Okumanya is a confectionery shop located about seven minutes on foot from Echigo Yuzawa Station, famous for its Komako mochi, named after the heroine of the novel Snow Country written by Yasunari Kawabata. Komako mochi is a bite-sized sweet with crushed adzuki bean paste filled into soft gyuhi (a softer variety of mochi) and covered with roasted soybean flour. The shop also sells the Echigo specialty sasa dango (dumplings wrapped in bamboo grass) and chimaki, the classic Boys’ Festival treat. As well selling sweets in boxes, ideal as a gift or souvenir, they also sell them individually too.
  • Tokamachi City Museum
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nigata Pref. Tokamachishi Nishimotochou 1-382-1
    This museum in Tokamachi City, Niigata Prefecture, houses and displays historical and cultural artifacts from Tokamachi based on the theme of “snow, textiles and the Shinano River”. There are a lot of models, dioramas, and archaeological finds etc. displayed in the museum which introduce in chronological order the history of the Jomon period through to modern times. You can also see artifacts relating to Tokamachi textiles which show the tools that were used and resourcefulness of the people in their daily lives in this region of heavy snow. The flame-style pottery, excavated from the Sasayama site in Tokamachi City, Niigata Prefecture, are the most outstanding items exhibited in the museum and have been designated as National Treasures.
  • Nadai Kisoba Yoshiya
    34 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Tokamachishi Toichi Area 4
    Located in Tokamachi City, Niigata Prefecture, this soba restaurant is famous for the local specialty hegisoba, a type of soba that is beautifully arranged and served in a wooden dish called a “hegi”. Funori seaweed is added to carefully selected, local buckwheat flour ground on a millstone to make this wonderfully tasting and aromatic soba. The noodle broth is packed full of flavor from niboshi (dried infant sardines) making for a rich tasting soup. Lots of customers come here to this restaurant from inside and outside of the prefecture. The restaurant is a relaxing place which overlooks Uonuma Basin.

    Restaurant très agréable avec des places assises sur table ou traditionnellement au sol. Service sympathique. Nous avons prix le plateau de sobas pour 4, cétait extrêmement copieux. Les sobas sont...

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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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