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Shrines and Temples

Aoshi Shrine

Aoshi Shrine: Located in Yukyuzan Park.  This famous shrine has burned to the ground numerous times, including during World War II.

Yahiko Shrine
Yahiko Shrine: A nationally famous, lucky "power spot" in Niigata Prefecture. It has the honorific name "Oyahiko". It has been loved by the local people since ancient times.
Houtoku Mountain Inari Shrine
A shrine familiar to the locals who know well the legends of the fox deity Inari of Iwatsuka. In fact, this shrine is referred to as a "candle of Inari". Each year, many worshipers come and visit from all over the country for the spring and autumn festivals.
Kouryuu Shrine
Kouryu Shrine: Enshrining the god of business prosperity, it is visited by many people from all over the country and the prefecture. It is located in beautiful countryside surrounded by mountains on the upper stream of the picturesque Ota River, a site over which hangs such a palpable aura of otherworldliness that it can quickly cultivate a strange and mysterious feeling.

Sightseeing

Yukyuazn Park
Pools, stadiums, a small zoo and a hometown archives museum are all located in this park.  There are many cherry trees and, with as many as 2500 blooming flowers, its beauty is unparalleled in spring.
Fukushimae Riverbanks (Cherry Blossoms)
This area along the Fukushima river boasts lovely cherry trees which line the riverbanks. The trees arch to overhang the water, gently raining their softly-colored petals onto the moving water's surface during cherry blossom season. (This is located right next to the hotel entrance.)
Teradomari Fish Market Street
An authentic open-air marketplace full of fresh fish and other seafood. Located in the Nagaoka-shi Teradomari district, the seafood market street, called "Sakana no Ameyoko" ("The Fish-Cake Strip") is full of delightful atmosphere and is often filled with tourists enjoying its many shopping and dining opportunities.
Momiji-en, the Maple Garden
Momiji garden in the Koshiji area was established from the former grounds of a villa of the Takahashi family, the former owner of Kamiya (in about Meiji 29). The land was donated by the family in the first year of the Heisei era and contains a wonderous expance of pleasant, colorful maples. Momiji Garden's nighttime illumination in the fall is a fantastic sight full of leaves colored in fiery autumnal shades.
Nakayama Tunnel
It was quite difficult for the people of the Komatsugura area, surrounded by mountains,to get to the closest town where medical treatment was available, so the local residents decided to dig a tunnel by hand. Starthing in 1931, It took 16 years for the 877-meter-long tunnel to be completed. The fruits of the workers' service to the populace is still useful today, and traces of the herculean  excavation effort still remain in evidence.
Okucho's Big Lotus Root Field

Nakanoshima is proud of this gigantic one-acre Lotus Root Field. Brilliant green in early summer, the field will transform into a garden of pink and white flowers late in May.

Higashiyama Agricultural Park
A park where visitors can experience nature, agriculture, and interact first-hand with animals. It is a popular viewing spot where you can see the Shinano river, Echigo Plain, and Nagaoka city.
Brewing Town "Settaya"
Situated along the old Mikuni Highway, Settaya is a town of many breweries for products such as sake, miso, and shōyu. This quaint town still retains the atmosphere of old bygone days.
Yamakoshi Terraced Rice Paddies
Abundant in natural beauty, Yamakoshi is famous as the setting for the NHK TV drama series "Kokoro". Amid steeply-angled mountainsides, rice paddies, and shelf ponds, enthralling sights come in bounds with each season.
Forest Grove
A nature conservation area known for pure spring water. Placed by the Ministry of Environment among the top 100 high-quality water sites in Japan since 1985.

Cultural Interest

Niigata Prefectural Museum of History
This facility provides an introduction to the history of Niigata, including folk customs and even the Jomon culture which, in ancient times, prospered on the rich plateau along the Shinano River. A large expanse of Jomon era pottery on display along the walls is a highlight of the museum.
Niigata Prefectural Museum of Modern Art: Niigata Prefectural Museum of Modern Art
This museum first opened its doors in 1993 and since then has gathered and exhibited works including the "Taiko Collection" of 19th century Western artworks aquired by local collectors.
Kome Hyappyo Sculptured Group Monument
An imposing representation in bronze of the famous scene of Yamamoto Yuzo's play "Rice 100 Bales" at the Kabukiza. There are 12 groups of statues in all, the figures are 2 meters high and each weighs 1 ton on average.
Admiral Yamamoto Isoroku Memorial Museum
A memorial museum for Yamamoto Isoroku who was the commander-in-chief of the Combined fleet during the 2nd world war. Inside the museum is the left wing of the aircraft in which the Marshal was flying during his death at the Bougainville Island. This museum was built by the hands of those who wish to tell of the humanity of Yamamoto, who lived with a supple and strong heart in the turbulent 21st century.
Tsuginosuke Kawai Memorial Museum
A resource center where one can learn about the life of Tsuginosuke Kawai who governed the Nagaoka clan in the Boshin War at the end of the Edo period and held the Nagaoka clan government at the end of the Tokugawa period. Tsuginosuke's memoirs and many related items are on display. Approximately 30 of his personal items are exhibited.
Kanetsugu Ofune Museum (Yoita history folk museum):
The reference library where the effort and wisdom of pioneers in the Yoita area are preserved for posterity and the colorful materials relating to archaeology, history, folk customs and fine arts are quite distinctive.
Komagata Juukichi Memorial Museum
The building houses the collection of Mr. Juukichi Komagata, Meiji era author. This man collected works and masterpieces of many Japanese artists such as Matazou Kayama and Ikuo Hirayama. He also gathered foreign paintings, pottery, etc. in addition to Japanese paintings little by little in the latter half of his life.
Nagaoka City Umataka Jomon Museum
First in Niigata Prefecture!  Certified Japanese heritage.  This is a museum that introduces materials relating to the discovery of Jomon sites featuring ancient so-called "fire pottery", including the "Umataka / Thirty Inaba ruins" site.
Hasegawa Residence
It was around the beginning of the Edo period that the Hasegawa family, who is said to be descended from samurai, settled in Tsukanoyama. Since then they strengthened their position as a landowner in the mountain village. From the end of the Tokugawa period to the Meiji era, their rice faming efforts monopolized 70% of arable fields and forests in nearby suburbs, and raised 4000 bales for tenants from 180 towns.
Statues of Ryokan and Teishinni
This statue commemorates the spot where Ryokan met Sadakuni, a good nun that was his partner in spiritual discipline.
Nishikigoi no Sato, the Village of Colored Carp
These brilliantly iridescent carp are sometimes called "jewels that swim" for their distinctive color tone. They are raised in clean, pure waters of the snowy countryside using traditional techniques. Visitors can delight in feeding these beautifully colored carp in an appreciation pond.
Bullfighting (Yamakoshi District)
Bulls clash in violent battle. Thrill as their horns clash and their huge muscular bodies collide and feel sweat gatheing upon your hands as you watch the fight. Please enjoy the thousand-year heritage of their proud spirit.

Annual Events & Festival

Nagaoka Festival (Nagaoka Fireworks)
For the world and for the future, the town of Nagaoka uses fireworks to express their feelings about peace. With the Nagaoka fireworks, the citizens express their gratitude to those who lived before them, as well as those who were devoted to reconstruction and the memorialization of those who died in the war. The fireworks should be seen as Nagaoka's hope for world peace.
One Hundred Rice Bales festival

This annual festival is a celebration of Nagaoka's cherished historical event. The festival takes the form of a truly grand parade set to relaxing new age music in which approximately 500 citizens dressed in samurai warrior costumes re-create an impressive and truly memorable samurai military procession.

 

MIshima Bamboo Light Highroad
Eichigo Mishima Bamboo Lantern Road: The high street of Wakino Town is lined with 20,000 lanterns made from bamboo cut from the local woodlands. For 800m, the thousands of LED candles help provide a most beautiful evening.
National Log-Sawing Competition
In the heat of the scorching sun, participants come from all over the country to take part in the National Log-Sawing Competition. Who will achieve the fastest cut?
Nagaoka City Nakanoshima · Mitsuke City Imamachi Giant Kites Battle
A traditional battle of giant kites. Each kite averages an astonishing 10 tatami mats in size. Additionally, they are beautifully illustrated with warriors, dragons, demons, and the like, and these colorful paintings shall dance for you across the summer sky. As the participants cheer on enthusiastically, one can get a real feeling of June.
Nagaoka yukishikamatsuri / Nagaoka Snow Festival

Hosts various events such as a jumbo slide and snow sculptures. "Making snow less painful" is a slogan, as is, "Enjoying the winter of Nagaoka without hesitation".

Teradomari Port Festival Maritime Fireworks Festival
Seaside fireworks launched over the sea from the sandy beach. The ocean itself becomes a fantasic stage, it seems like a dream world.
Hodare (Male Genitals) Festival
The year's new wives are invited to participate in a traditional festival of fertility in which they can ride a large wooden carving of a penis carried on a planquin by members of the crowd. The height of the titan member is 2.2 meters and it weighs about 600 kilograms. It is considered the sexual organ of the god of Japan itself, so the new wife is greatly honored with good luck.

Sports Activity

Teradomari Central Beach
With shallow waters and wide sandy beaches, the central beach is crowded with many bathers every year. Plant your parasol in the sand and enjoy the resort atmosphere.

Ishiji Beach
Close to Nagaoka city, this is a particularly good beach for famlies, offering shallow water with high water transparency. It is also one of the prettiest scenic spots in the prefecture.

Washima Auto Camp Site
A pleasant sea breeze, bright shades of green, sunset over the Sea of Japan, a night sky filled with stars. The natural seaside is the setting for your camp.
Oguni Forest Park
Bathe relaxingly in a beech forest. There are camp sites, swimming pools, and barbecue places in a park of about 83ha.

National Echigo-hill Park
The state-owned Echigo Hill Park in Nagaoka City is the only state-owned park in the Hokuriku area. Here you can enjoy various events in spring, summer, autumn and winter.

Higashiyama Family Land
Based on the magnificent nature of Higashiyama. It's possible to enjoy animals, a tennis court, bobsledding, and summer skiing. It is a family place where you can come play during any season.


Roadside Station (roadside rest area)

Road station · Ryokan no Sato (National Route 116)
On this land Ryokan met Sadakuni, a nun who assisted in training him for self-awareness, equipping him thus for a lifetime. This road station is dedicated to the discovery of new things by studying the past.

Road station R290 Tochio
A place to try the specialty of Tochio; fried tofu. The road station facilities include an event square, a brook square, and an industrial exchange center. The facility has become the face of Tochio.

Road Station Echigo Izumozaki Tenryo no Sato
In the Edo period, Izumozaki, which was a temple under the direct jurisdiction of the shogunate, prospered as a port town to discharge gold and silver from Sado. From Izumozaki you can enjoy a time slip to the Edo period with Sado's Golden Road, a magistrate ship and so on.

Echigo Kawaguchi Station Aguri no Sato
Located in a natural setting, a mountainous area where the Large Shinano river and the Clearwater Uono River intersect at the river terrace. All agricultural products and processed goods shipped originate in Kawaguchi.


Hot Springs

Echigo Kawaguchi Onsen
Of course the water quality and view is good, but various kinds of bath tubs such as outdoor hot spring bath, source spring bath, electric bath and so on are also popular with guests.

Yomogihira Onsen
This Onsen is located at the foot of Kouryu Shrine, which is known for it's prosperous dragon god. Surrounded by mountains, you can enjoy dishes using wild vegetables in early spring.

Zoo, Botanical, Aquarium

Yamakoshi Alpaca Ranch
During the first snow in November 2009, Yamakoshi obtained its first three alpacas from overseas. Since then it has virtually become a local institution and is very popular.
Teradomari Aquarium Museum
This is an aquarium built on the sea, which has good view of the surrounding waters. 10,000 fish of 400 species are displayed on its first three floors.