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Joetsu-Myoko Area Sightseeing Gallery

Takada Park

Takada Park

View the ruins of Castle Takada, built during the Edo period for Matsudaira Tadateru, Tokugawa Ieyasu’s sixth son.
During the springtime, you can enjoy the Takada Hyakumannin Kanokai (Takada Viewing of One Million People), Japan’s third-largest nighttime sakura event in which some 4,000 Somei Yoshino cherry trees are illuminated by 3,000 bonbori lanterns. The classic sight is said to be a symbol of the Joetsu spring.
The summer’s “Lotus Festival,” the largest in eastern Asia, is also well worth a look.
*Approximately 30 minutes from LOTTE ARAI RESORT
*Photos provided by the Joetsu Tourism Convention Association.

Mt. Myoko

Mt. Myoko

Situated in Myoko-Togakushi Renzan National Park, Mt. Myoko stands at an impressive 2,454 meters and is the highest peak of the Hokushin Gogaku mountain range. This stratovolcano is also known as one of Japan’s 100 premier mountains.
Countless hot springs bubble at its base, and it sees many skiers during the winter, as well as tourists seeking sightseeing during the spring through autumn months.

Mount Hiuchi

Mount Hiuchi

This is the highest peak of the Kubiki Mountain Range, which extends from Myoko to Itoigawa.
Mt. Hiuchi towers at an elevation of 2,462 meters and is considered one of Japan’s 100 premier mountains, alongside Mt. Myoko.
Near the summit, you will encounter not only the natural habitat of the ptarmigan, but a bevy of mountainous vegetation that have led it to be selected as among Japan’s “Hana no Hyakumeizan” (100 Best Mountains for Flowers).

Imori Pond

Imori Pond

Enjoy a picturesque view of the red foliage of autumn, fields of skunk cabbage, and the towering majesty of Mt. Myoko from a 500-meter walking path that encircles the pond.
This walking course is leisurely enough for almost anyone to enjoy.
*Approximately 30 minutes from LOTTE ARAI RESORT.

Naena Falls

Naena Falls

This waterfall, located on the border with Nagano Prefecture, was selected as one of Japan’s 100 premier waterfalls and has a 55-meter drop.
When snow thaws, the water level increases to a degree that will take your breath away.
It is also famous for its beautiful bursts of verdant green in spring and red foliage in autumn.
The falls are located 15 minutes from the parking lot and can be reached via the walking path.
*Approximately 35 minutes from LOTTE ARAI RESORT.


Joetsu Aquarium Umigatari

Joetsu Aquarium Umigatari

This aquarium has been a favorite ever since its opening.
Here, you can watch the fish of Japan’s oceans swim through a gigantic aquatic tunnel, “ooh” and “ah” as adorable beluga whales perform for you, and even interact with penguins.
*Approximately 40 minutes from LOTTE ARAI RESORT.

Myoko Onsenkyo

Myoko Onsenkyo

A number of hot springs are scattered at the foot of Mt. Myoko, a stratovolcano with an elevation of 2,545 meters.
With a variety of water types and qualities to choose from, the hot springs feature a variety of water types and qualities, making them a must-visit for every hot spring aficionado.
*Approximately 30 minutes from LOTTE ARAI RESORT.

Joetsu’s bounty from the Sea of Japan

Joetsu’s bounty from the Sea of Japan

The Joetsu-Myoko area is home to a cornucopia of aquatic delicacies harvested from the Sea of Japan.
You’ll find fresh fish centers at a number of local roadside stations.
・Roadside Station Arai: approximately 10 minutes from LOTTE ARAI RESORT.
・Roadside station Umiterasu-Nadachi: approximately 45 minutes from LOTTE ARAI RESORT.
・Roadside Station Marine Dream Nou: approximately 60 minutes from LOTTE ARAI RESORT.

Takada

Takada

Enjoy an authentic taste of the characteristic charm and history of snow country as you explore the townscape of Takada, home to the largest volume of “kangi” (snowroofs) in all of Japan.
It is also the liveliest downtown area in close proximity to the resort.
*Approximately 30 minutes from LOTTE ARAI RESORT.

Iwanohara Vineyard

Iwanohara Vineyard

Built 130 years ago by Zenbe Kawakami, known as the “Father of Japanese wine,” Iwanohara Vineyard continues to be a high-quality producer of wine to this day.
It is said to be the oldest winery in Japan and is a designated cultural asset of Joetsu.
*Approximately 30 minutes from LOTTE ARAI RESORT.

Lake Nojiri

With each passing season, Nagano’s second largest lake beautifully expresses its majesty in a new and exciting way.
Renowned for its water sports and fishing scene, this is also where Naumann’s fossilized elephant was discovered.
*Approximately 35 minutes from LOTTE ARAI RESORT.

Rinsenji

This famous temple is known as the place where the Warring-States era warlord Uesugi Kenshin, a native of Joetsu, stayed from the ages of seven to fourteen.
It was built in 1497. The “Somon” gate, said to have been moved here from Kasugayama Castle, is a designated cultural property of the city.
*Approximately 40 minutes from LOTTE ARAI RESORT.

Uesugi Kenshin

Joetsu is where Uesugi Kenshin, lord of the old Echigo Province during the Warring-States era, was born.
Here, you can see some of the sights famous for their connection to Uesugi Kenshin, such as Risenji and the ruins of Kasugayama Castle.
*Approximately 30 minutes from LOTTE ARAI RESORT.

Hokushin Area Sightseeing Gallery

Obuse

The town of Obuse is known for chestnuts, mortar storehouses, and the artist Katsushika Hokusai.
Enjoy not only sightseeing, but shopping and eating as you stroll the somewhat nostalgic streets lined with stores famous for their Japanese wagashi (confections).
Hokusai Museum, located in the heart of Obuse, is also a must-see.
*Approximately 50 minutes from LOTTE ARAI RESORT.

Togakushi

Enjoy the history, nature, and bold mountain views of Togakushi, known for its soba and for its faith devoted to mountain worship.
The rear shrine of Togakushi Shrine, lined with a breathtaking avenue of cedar trees, is about a thirty minute walk from the parking lot.
A visit here is sure to refresh both your mind and spirit.
*Approximately 50 minutes from LOTTE ARAI RESORT.

Shinshu Soba

When you think of “Shinshu”, soba noodles are the first thing that comes to mind.
Nagano Prefecture is home to a variety of regions that produce delicious soba, and the Hokushin area is no exception with several famous restaurants.
You’re sure to find your favorite bowl of soba in any number of sightseeing locations or even near the station.


Nozawaonsen

Nozawaonsen, the only town in Japan to have “onsen” (hot spring) in its name, is home to 13 outdoor baths where you can dip in and out at your leisure.
Not only that, but the water flows freely from the source of the hot springs.
Refresh yourself in these delightfully warm waters.
*Approximately 60 minutes from LOTTE ARAI RESORT.

Zenkoji Temple

Zenkoji Temple is located in the heart of Hokushin, only 2 kilometers from JR Nagano Station.
Buddhists from all over Japan come here to pay homage to the Ikkou Sanzon Yakushi Nyorai statues of Buddha.
In the bustling shops lining the temple grounds, you’ll find guest houses and souvenir shops alike.
The temple grounds are also home to the Higashiyama Kaii Art Museum, and it is considered the heart of sightseeing in the Hokushin area.
*Approximately 60 minutes from LOTTE ARAI RESORT.

Snow Monkey

Jigokudani Yaen-Koen

Jigokudani Yaen-Koen (Jigokudani Monkey Park) has become a must-see destination for foreign travelers for one main reason - its bathing snow monkeys.
In the winter, you can come see the monkeys enjoying a leisurely dip in the hot springs.
Located 30 minute walk from the parking lot.
*Approximately 60 minutes from LOTTE ARAI RESORT.