Connected by road and rail the 3 cities of Myoko, Joetsu and Itoigawa are extremely easy to get to and offer a diverse range of attractions and deep cultural experiences.
Myoko is famous for its rich nature and deep snow. A great place for hiking, mountain climbing and of course winter sports.
A large city, Joetsu is rich is history. A vast number of temples and shrines as well as many other important cultural and historical areas are located in the city. And of course, the famous cherry blossoms that bloom each spring.
A coastal city that is famous for its fresh and delicious sea food. The area is also an important geological area and features some breath-taking areas of natural beauty.
Mt Myoko is the dormant volcano that looms over Myoko Kogen. The stunning mountain can be climbed from July through to early November before the snow sets in. The mountain is one of Japans 100 famous mountains. The climb is challenging and rewarding with beautiful panoramic views from the summit.
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In early April each year over 4,000 cherry trees (Sakura) come to life and bloom their delicate, beautiful pink blooms in Takada Castle Site Park. The nighttime viewing at the park is one of the most famous and spectacular in the whole of Japan.
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One of Itoigawas most stunning areas. This beautiful pond reflects the beautiful surrounds in its clear waters. The area has boat rentals, walking trails and a campground. A beautiful and peaceful area that is also great for photography!
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This famous sake brewery has been making high quality sake since 1842. You can visit the brewery all year round. In the video we see them cooking the rice that will be used for making the sake. This is only done 2-3 times a year during the winter.
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A ryotei is a traditional high-class restaurant that represents the regions food culture. Ryotei Ukiyo is over 140 years old. The rooms in this historical building are beautiful and the history of the building and how it was used is amazing to hear if you can get a tour. The food is delicious & lunch requires no reservation.
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In summer you can view the beautiful gardens. The art museum is open all year round. One of the last buildings designed by famous brutalist architect Togo Murano the building is as interesting as the sculptures it holds. You may wonder why we didn’t show the sculptures in the video. That is because you are not allowed to capture an image of the heads of the Buddhist statues.