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Sightseeing Taxis

Sightseeing taxis are a convenient way to visit sightseeing spots in Myoko and the surrounding area.
Give the driver multiple locations that you would like to visit and he will determine the best route for your journey.
Please feel free to contact us for further information.

IM Taxi Corporation

Phone numbers : +81-255-23-3188

Kougen Taxi

Phone numbers : +81-255-86-3141
Email address : kougen-taxi@indigo.plala.or.jp

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Myoko Country Club

TEL : +81-0255-75-1100
This resort golf course is located at an altitude of 700 meters in Kogen, located at the foot of Mt. Myoko (height 2,454 meters). The course has tough slopes that do not allow for easy shots. It is composed of rolling hills that offer a full view of the area, but each green has a level design. There are plenty of small undulations making uniform shots difficult. The course is notable for its single bentgrass green and broad fairways.

∙ Season of Operation : Mid April - End of November Closed during winter
∙ Course Overview : 18-hole, par-72 course with single bentgrass green 
∙ Course Rate : Back holes: 6,456 yards, 70.2. Regular holes: 5,889 yards, 68.1
∙ Play Style : Golf carts, single player, midway break
∙ Reservations : Please indicate the date you would like to play on the course at the time of reservation.
Guests of Lotte Arai Resort may play at special preferred rates.
Please contact us for further information about rates.(TEL: +81-255-75-1100)

※ A free shuttle bus will be provided to take you from Lotte Arai Resort to the Myoko Country Club. Please make a reservation in advance if you wish to use the shuttle.
※ It takes approximately 40 minutes one-way to reach Myoko Country Club from Lotte Arai Resort

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Myoko Sunshine Golf Club

TEL: 0255-74-2421
A golf course with an ingenious layout offering magnificent views of the Myoko Mountain Range from the fairway, as well as bunkers and water hazards that take full advantage of the natural environment. Its 18 holes of splendor and sophistication make up an authentic course that’s perfect for players with a passion for new challenges.

∙ Open: Mid-April – end of November (closed during winter)
∙ Course Overview: 18 holes, par 72, single bentgrass green
∙ Course rating: Back holes – 6,980 yards/par 72.5; regular holes – 6,431 yards/par 69.8
∙ Play style: Golf carts/self play/half break
∙ Reservations: Please contact Myoko Sunshine Golf Club directly.(TEL : 0255-74-2421)

※ There is no shuttle bus or other escort service between Lotte Arai Resort and Myoko Sunshine Golf Club. Please make your own arrangements for transportation.
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Chiyo no Hikari Winery

TEL : 0255-72-2814
This winery in Myoko City, Niigata Prefecture was founded in 1860 and has been brewing sake ever since. Though its cellars are small, all bottles are of the ginjo sake variety and are brewed with the greatest care. Each sake features distinctive soft and light drinking characteristics.

∙ Visiting season : Year round ※Advance reservations required
∙ Visiting hours : 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM ※Maximum number of visitors: 5
∙ Address : 656 Kubomatsubara, Myoko, Niigata Prefecture

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Kiminoi Shuzo

TEL: 0255-72-3136
Founded in year 13 of the Tenpo Era (1842), this sake winery has 175 years of history. Its motto is to “spare no time or labor in the pursuit of quality”. The brewery’s biggest feature is its simultaneous use of kimoto and yamamai brewing methods. The traditions and techniques of sake production, passed down over the generations, are alive and well in its cellars. The cellar is housed in a building constructed more than 100 years ago, using architecture that employs beam girders to withstand the weight of heavy snowfall in winter. Inside, you will see the original kettles and sieves utilized by the brewery, still in use today, at this site that has been featured in television commercials. In addition, free sake tasting is provided for exclusive varieties of sake by season and brewery.

∙ Visiting season : Open year round ※Visits may not be possible at certain times (please confirm in advance)
∙ Visiting hours : 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM ※Maximum number of visitors: 20
∙ Address : 3-11 Shimomachi, Myoko, Niigata Prefecture

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Ayu Masamune Winery

TEL : 0255-75-2231
Aya Masamune is located in the Saruhashi neighborhood of Myoko, one of the few areas in Niigata where snow is allowed to accumulate untouched. In the coldest parts of the season, snow can pile up to over two meters in height, enveloping the scenery of the entire area. When covered in snowfall, the brewer’s cellars are kept at a natural temperature of five degrees Celsius, an environment that provides the greatest possible stability to the sake brewing process, which is sensitive to even the slightest temperature variation.
Ayu Masamune was born within this natural environment by combining the very best selection of rice from Niigata prefecture with the reliable techniques of its master brewer. The beautiful gorge where the winery is located is blessed with the most pristine snow and water, providing the perfect setting for the passionate labor of true craftsmen.

∙ Visiting season : Year-round ※Closed on Sundays and holidays/Closed on occasional Saturdays ※Advanced reservations required
∙ Visiting hours : 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM ※Maximum number of visitors: 10 people
∙ Address : 636 Saruhashi, Myoko, Niigata Prefecture
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Premium Illumination Appalusion 2018

TEL : +81-570-004-111
Conceived as a new world-class nighttime event, Appalusion Joetsu-Myoko is an undertaking of global scale which combines input from nightscape critics and producers to create a participatory light show in a contemporary style. For information on Premium Illumination Appalusion 2018, please see below. Illumination is provided not only with LED lights, but also large-scale screen projectors and lasers to create a unique environment that can compete with any of the world’s best light shows.

∙ Address : 1090 Okemi, Myoko, Niigata Prefecture
∙ Hours of Operation : Wednesday, June 20 - Friday, August 31 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM / Saturday, September 1 - Thursday, November 15 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM 
∙ Admission Fee : General admission: ¥1,500 / Elementary school students: ¥1,000

※Provided by the Myoko City Tourism Association


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Naena-Taki Waterfall

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 has 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.

∙ Address : Suginosawa, Myoko, Niigata Prefecture

※Provided by the Myoko City Tourism Association


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Imori Pond

TEL : +81-255-86-4599
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 fit 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

※Provided by the Myoko City Tourism Association


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Sekiyama Shrine

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.

∙ Address : 4804 Sekiyama, Myoko, Niigata Prefecture

※Provided by the Myoko City Tourism Association


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Tsubame Onsen - Kawahara no Yu

TEL : +81-0255-86-3911
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)

※Provided by the Myoko City Tourism Association

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Takada Park and Takada Castle

TEL : +81-25-526-5915
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.

∙ Address : Motoshirocho, Joetsu, Niigata Prefecture (within Takada Park)

※ Provided by the Joetsu Tourism Convention Association (public corporation)


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Joetsu Municipal Aquarium Umigatari

TEL : +81-25-543-2449
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

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Kasugayama Castle Ruins

TEL : +81-25-526-5111(Culture and Tourism Bureau)
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 ht of 180 meters, provide a full view of the Sea of Japan, the Kubiki Heiya Plains, and the surrounding mountain ranges.

∙ Address : Daizu, Nakayashiki, Joetsu, Niigata Prefecture

※ Provided by the Joetsu Tourism Convention Association (public corporation)


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Rinsenji

TEL : +81-25-524-5846
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

※ Provided by the Joetsu Tourism Convention Association (public corporation)