Recommended Niigata Sightseeing Itinerary 1

Itinerary 1: Exploring the crafts, art, history and nature of Niigata

Among the attractions are the industry of Tsubame which is recognized worldwide as a manufacturing town, Yahiko Shrine which is the most powerful spiritual location in Niigata Prefecture, and Kiyotsukyo with such great natural beauty, it is known as one of the three great gorges of Japan. Between Tsubamesanjo and Echigo-Yuzawa Stations, we recommend using the GENBI SHINKANSEN, the travelling art museum. It operates primarily on the weekends.

Trip Details

Day 1

Tokyo Station

Shinkansen

Joetsu Shinkansen – approximately 1 hour, 50 minutes

Joetsu Shinkansen

Joetsu Shinkansen service began in 1982, linking the Pacific seaboard side of Honshu with the coast bordering the Sea of Japan. Departing from Tokyo and traveling past Takasaki, you pass the Echigo and Mikuni Mountain Ranges, which yield a panorama of rice fields before arriving in Niigata, one of the most prominent rice-growing areas of Japan. In 1990, Gala-Yuzawa Station in Niigata Prefecture opened seasonally to provide direct ski resort service, and each winter, the trains are filled with the merry sounds of skiers.

Joetsu Shinkansen
Joetsu Shinkansen

Tsubamesanjo
Station

On foot

Approximately 5 minutes on foot

Tsubamesanjo
Regional Industries
Promotion Center

On foot

Approximately 5 minutes on foot

Shopping

Tsubamesanjo Regional Industries Promotion Center

This tourist gift shop sells duty-free goods from Tsubamesanjo, a region known in Japan for producing fine metal goods. From traditional artisan crafts to products using cutting-edge technology, you will find an abundance of goods, including eating utensils, cutlery, kitchen utensils, pots, pans and more. In all, there are some 10,000 products on display for sale.

Japan. Tax-free Shop

Tsubamesanjo Regional Industries Promotion Center
Tsubamesanjo Regional Industries Promotion Center

Tsubamesanjo
Station

Trunk Lines

Yahiko Line, approximately 30 minutes

Yahiko Station

On foot

Approximately 15 minutes on foot

Yahiko Shrine,
Yahikoyama
Ropeway

On foot

History&Traditions

Yahiko Shrine

An ancient shrine in Niigata Prefecture, Yahiko Shrine is mentioned in the Manyoshu, the oldest extant anthology of poetry in Japan. In 2015, the shrine celebrated its first centennial since reconstruction. Each November, the Great Chrysanthemum Flower Festival "Yahiko Kiku Matsuri" is held on the shrine compound, with among the largest variety of chrysanthemum exhibits and species in Japan.

Yahiko Shrine
Yahiko Shrine

Lodging:
Yahiko Onsen

Day 2

Yahiko Onsen

On foot

Approximately 15 minutes on foot

Yahiko Station

Trunk Lines

Yahiko Line, approximately 30 minutes

Tsubamesanjo
Station

Shinkansen

GENBI SHINKANSEN
or
Joetsu Shinkansen, approximately 40 minutes

GENBI SHINKANSEN

The world's fastest art appreciation! While zooming along at Shinkansen speed, enjoy modern art for a unique experience.
Service interval: Echigo-Yuzawa to Niigata

Please note the days of operation.

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GENBI SHINKANSEN
GENBI SHINKANSEN

Echigo-Yuzawa
Station

Bus, on foot, taxi

Approximately 60 minutes by bus (30 minutes) and on foot (30 minutes)
Or approximately 30 minutes by taxi

Kiyotsukyo Tunnel
(Kiyotsu Gorge
Tunnel)

Bus, on foot, taxi

Approximately 60 minutes by bus (30 minutes) and on foot (30 minutes)
Or approximately 30 minutes by taxi

Nature

Kiyotsukyo Tunnel (Kiyotsu Gorge Tunnel)

Kiyotsukyo (Kiyotsu Gorge) is known as one of the three great gorges of Japan. The mammoth sheer rock cliffs tower over the river, forming a V-shaped valley that is the pride of the country and has been designated as a Place of Scenic Beauty and a Natural Monument by the Japanese government. The tunnel offers four locations for viewing magnificent scenery. (An admission fee applies to enter the tunnel.)

Kiyotsukyo Tunnel (Kiyotsu Gorge Tunnel)
Kiyotsukyo Tunnel (Kiyotsu Gorge Tunnel)

Echigo-Yuzawa
Station

Shinkansen

Joetsu Shinkansen – approximately 1 hour, 30 minutes

Tokyo Station

As of August 2016

Shinkansen

Shinkansen

On foot

On foot

Bus

Bus

Trunk lines

Trunk lines

Taxi

Taxi

Itinerary Map

Itinerary Map

Timetables and seat reservations

Shinkansen and Limited Express Timetables (Opens in a new window.)

JR East Shinkansen Reservations (Opens in a new window.)