- Address : Suginosawa, Myoko, Niigata Prefecture
- TEL : +81-255-86-3911
The 55-meter Naena-Taki Waterfall is fed by the Sekikawa river, which forms the border between Niigata and Nagano Prefectures. Plummeting from columnar joints of basalt rock and splashing with great effect into the pool below, the power and dynamism of Naena-Taki have caused it to be named one of Japan’s 100 best waterfalls. It is especially magnificent in spring, when the melted snow adds to the volume of the running water. Due to the rumbling sounds reminiscent of tremors heard as you approach, Naena-taki is also known as the “earthquake waterfall”,. In addition, the fall keeps the surrounding area cool, even in mid-summer, making it a perfect place for an evening stroll. Seasonally, the waterfall is at its most beautiful during the spring snow thaw and in mid-October as the leaves change color. Trails leading to the waterfall are well kept and it can be reached in 15 minutes by foot. Naena-Taki is also the starting point for one half of the Myoko Kogen natural walking trail, a trail that has been declared suitable for forest therapy.
On sunny days, the waters of Imori Pond reflect the entirety of the 2,454-meter tall Mount Myoko in all its glory. The pond stretches for up to 500 meters and is found near the grounds of Myoko-Kogen’s Hira Hot Spring. The name Hira stems from the Japanese name for the indigenous Fire Belly Newt, an animal which is said to have populated the waters in large numbers long ago. There are many white birch trees and aquatic plants in the area, with the white skunk cabbage being the most famous. It is one of the few places in Japan where you can find patches of wild white skunk cabbage as soon as you exit your vehicle. The pond is surrounded by a walking trail and it takes approximately 15 minutes to walk all the way around. It is also fitted with barrier-free facilities. Imori Pond marks the mid-point of the Myoko Kogen natural walking trail, a trail which has been declared suitable for forest therapy.
- Address : Ikenohira, Myoko, Niigata Prefecture
- TEL : +81-255-86-4599
- Address : 4804 Sekiyama, Myoko, Niigata Prefecture
- TEL : +81-255-86-3911
Mt. Myoko has been venerated as a sacred location for Japanese mountain worship since the Nara Era. Within the precincts are 25 stone buddhist statues, including an Amitabha Triad and stone carvings of the footprints of the Buddha. These also include a bronze statue of the Bodhisattva which has been designated as an important national cultural asset and is an essential work for those wishing to understand the history of Japanese Buddhist art. Every year, on the third Saturday of July, a fire festival is held whose tradition stretches back more than 1300 years and is attended by many worshipers. Local young people of traditional dances and bojutsu. Bojutsu is a staff-fighting technique that can be traced back to techniques developed by mountain priests to protect themselves after the armies of Oda Nobunaga attacked Sekiyama and burned down the mountain’s 70 temples and shrines. Ceremonial sumo matches are also held, adding to the lively atmosphere.
Tsubame Onsen - Kawahara no Yu
A hot spring bath at an altitude of 1,150 meters, Kawahara no Yu is located 15 minutes on foot from Tsubame Onsen. This outdoor bath is open to men and women at no cost. The spring includes deposits of sulfur, hydrogen carbonate, and sulfate with a milky-white appearance. It possesses benefits for those suffering from skin diseases, gynecological diseases, and cut wounds. The bath is carved from a large rock monolith providing a spectacular atmosphere. It is also the perfect place to take in the beautiful autumn foliage of the Otagiri Valley. Tsubame Onsen is a starting point for one half of the Myoko Kogen natural walking trail, a trail which has been declared suitable for forest therapy. The bath is particularly enjoyable after a day of mountain climbing or hiking.
- Address : Oaza Sekiyama, Myoko, Niigata Prefecture (Tsubame Onsen)
- TEL : +81-255-86-3911
- Address : Motoshirocho, Joetsu, Niigata Prefecture (within Takada Park)
- TEL : +81-255-26-5915
Takada Park and Takada Castle
Takada Park is the park of Takada Castle, built in year 19 of the Keicho era (1614) as the residence of Tadateru Matsudaira. In spring, you can view the blossoms from one of Japan’s three major cherry trees, while in summer, you can enjoy the lotus flowers known as Azuma Yoichi. On the first and second floors of the Mieyagura keep, restored in 1993, visitors will find an exhibition room with documents related to the Takada Clan, while the third floor features an observatory with a full view of Takada Park.
Joetsu Municipal Aquarium Umigatari
Your story with the Sea of Japan begins here. You too will be mesmerized by the mysteries of the sea. Beauty you have never seen before will capture your heart. You will grow to love the Joetsu area and its surrounding waters even more. A new adventure unfolds for those who visit...That is Umigatari.
- Address : 15-15-2 Gochi, Joetsu, Niigata Prefecture
- TEL : +81-25-543-2449
- Address : Daizu, Nakayashiki, Joetsu, Niigata Prefecture
- TEL : +81-255-26-5111(Culture and Tourism Bureau)
Kasugayama Castle Ruins
The ruins of Kasugayama Castle, once known as the home of legendary warring-states period general Uesugi Kenshin. A designated national historic site, it has also been named as one of Japan’s 100 major castles. While the exact period of its construction is unclear, it appears to have already existed during the Nanboku-cho Era (approximately 600 years ago). However, the expansive castle grounds, whose remains can still be seen today, are thought to have been developed later, under the direction of Uesugi Kenshin, Uesugi Kagekatsu and the Hori Clan. The ruins of the Honmaru Main Keep, at an altitude height of 180 meters, provide a full view of the Sea of Japan, the Kubiki Heiya Plains, and the surrounding mountain ranges.
This temple was founded in year 6 of the Meio Era (1497) by Nagao Yoshigake, the grandfather of Oda Nobunaga, to honor the soul of his father Shigekage. Uesugi Kenshin spent his formative years here, from ages 7 to 14, studying under the strict tutelage of the famed monk Kouiku Tenshitsu. Even among other warring-states period generals, Uesugi was famous for his scholarship and spiritual beliefs, a mentality that was first cultivated in this period. Uesugi’s successor Hori also sought enlightenment here and the temple was later fiercely protected by the Takada Clan. The Somon Gate (a municipal cultural asset) was relocated from Kasugayama Castle, while the Sanmon is a masterpiece from the Taisho Era, embellished with the Japanese and Chinese styles of the Kamakura Era.
- Address : 1-1-1 Nakamonzen, Joetsu, Niigata Prefecture
- TEL : +81-255-24-5846