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Every year thousands of swans fly to nationally famous Lake Hyoko. The area surrounding the lake has been established as a rich natural park.

Northern Culture Museum

●Where authentic, beautiful Japan remains preserved
The Niigata Garden Road is a path that stretches approximately 150 km, which is lined with Niigata’s traditional symbols of Japan, such as Japanese gardens, farming manors, temples, old-style townhouses and more.
Villages, rice paddies, and mountains that run all along the road create a picturesque scene of traditional Japan whose colors change along with the passing seasons and make those who behold it feel the true Japanese spirit.

●Classical hot spring inns overflowing with character decorate the garden road
 Hot springs spout all along the region of this classical town road. Visitors can fully enjoy soaking in a variety of hot springs at some of the ambient inns that color the town, just as it has been done for generations.

▼Northern Culture Museum

▼Kurobeidori (Black fence street)

▼Shimizuen Garden


At Yahiko Park you can see the different expressions of the four seasons. In the stream-filled area known as Maple Valley around vermillion-lacquered Kan-tsuki Bridge, the scenery becomes like a panting during the time of autumn foliage.


Ancient mountain worshippers believed spirits lived at Mt. Hakkai. By using the ropeway you can easily climb to the 4th station on the mountain. The ride has a capacity of 81 people and a length of 2,217 meters. Enjoy the views of Uonuma Valley and the mountains that form prefectural boundaries during the five minute journey.

1610 Yamaguchi, Minamiuonuma City

Muikamachi Mt. Hakkai Ski Resort


8:20am-4:20pm; 8am-5pm on holidays

One way 1000 yen, round trip 1800 yen (Children are half-price


This rocky crag looks like two crouching turtles, hence its name meaning “two turtles”. A great place for swimming, with the clearer water than anywhere else around Sado Island.

(Address) Washizaki, Sado City
(Best time to go) July to August


A hub of recreation for all seasons. “Midori-no-senjyojiki Lawn Area” features a play ground with a variety of wooden play structures.. Children will also love playing with water at “Koshi-no-ike Pond.”Enjoy walking on rustic nature trails. Precious ranunculaceae flowers are in full bloom from March to early April.

1921 Miyamoto Higashikata-machi, Nagaoka City

(Best time to go)

Echigo Park Maintenance Center


(Days Closed)

Adults 450 yen, Children 0 yen(free)

9:30am-5pm (until 6pm May 1- August 31, until 4:30pm November 1- March 31)


Echigo Matsudai Satoyama Shokudou uses ingredients from Matsudai in the local cuisine on its menu. Its dishes are packed with nutrients and good for your health. Each season of the year offers unique scenery here, and your table, with a mirror for its surface, reflects this rural beauty and its terraced rice fields while you dine.

Where: Matsudai Noubutai 2F, 3743-1 Matsudai, Tokamachi-shi

Weekends and holidays have the Satoyama buffet.
Adults - 1,500yen
elementary school students - 800yen
pre-elementary children - 400yen


Lake Tadami, the largest man-made lake in East Asia,was created by the damming of the Tadami River. The surrounding mountains reflect on the lake surface, and the colors change with the season. The spring bloom and autumn foliage are especially worth seeing from the relaxing pleasure cruise on the lake.

(Address) Otori, Yunotaniimogawa, Uonuma City
(Best time to go) May- November
Okutadami-Ginzandaira Round Trip: Adults 2250 yen Children 1130 yen;
Okutadami-Ozeguchi Round Trip: Adults 2250 Children 1130 yen
(Trip Time)
Okutadami- Ginzandaira 40 minutes;
Okutadami-Ozeguchi 40 minutes

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