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Ekikara Hiking English map included! Participation is free of charge! Hiking held from Friday, April 1 to Wednesday, November 30, 2016 Same-day reception permitted, A walking exploration of Nuttari, a historical center of food fermentation culture located near the mouth of the Shinano River.
We invite you to visit Nuttari, where traces of the area's history as a rice shipping center can still be seen and where Japanese traditional food fermentation culture still lives today.

Information for First Time Participants

Ekikara Hiking (Hiking from the Station) events are one-day events starting from stations throughout the eastern Japan area that anyone can participate in easily. They consist of hiking while experiencing the historical buildings and abundant nature of the areas around the stations. Participation is free of charge. Participation in the Ekikara Hiking event is very simple! All you need to do is apply through this website and then go to the reception counter at the hiking spot on the day of the event!
Organization of the Event
Application through this website The Day of the Event (Reception counter at the hiking spot) Collect your map at the reception counter Setting off on your hike!
It is also possible to join the hike on the day of the event but a prior application is more convenient!   English-speaking staff is available to help you!   English maps are also available.
A wonderful free gift is included!
Customers who make a reservation through the Internet will receive another wonderful free gift as well!
  There are no time limits, etc.
Please enjoy the hiking in your own way!

Overview of the Hiking

Hiking from Niigata Station is a limited-period hike, available on any day of your choosing from Friday, April 1 to Wednesday, November 30, 2016.
There is no participation fee, and it would make a wonderful memory of your trip to Japan. You can just turn up on the day if you like.

Date Friday, April 1 to Wednesday, November 30, 2016 All participants will receive gifts!
Original Can Badge
Original Can Badge
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Hiking Map
(English Translation)
Application Time 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Nearest Station JR Niigata Station

Recommended trains to JR Niigata Station

Reception Area JR Niigata Station Tourist Information Center (Bandai Exit)
Walking Time Approx. 1 hour and 30 minutes (excluding time looking round the sites)
Walking Distance Approx. 6 km
Tour Fee Free of charge
Lunch Lunch is not included, so you can eat during the hike or otherwise at your own discretion.
Guide This is not a guided tour. You can walk around there freely with a map.
Points to Note:
  • You will be walking for about 1 hour and 30 minutes so please wear sturdy clothes and shoes, etc. on the hike.
  • The event will still take place even if it is raining on the day. In the event of rain please bring your rain gear with you.
  • Please take all of your trash home with you. Thank you for your cooperation.
  • In the Nuttari Terrace Shopping Arcade (total of 26 stores), the number of stores open varies depending on the day. On Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, a relatively large number are open (18 to 23 stores).

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Hiking Course

On the course for this hiking event, you can enjoy Nuttari, where traces of the area's history as a rice shipping center can still be seen, and where Japan's traditional food fermentation culture still lives today.
JR Niigata Station, Walk
JR Niigata Station
START!
JR Niigata Station Tourist Information Center (Bandai Exit), Walk
JR Niigata Station Tourist Information Center (Bandai Exit)
Bandai Bridge, Walk
Bandai Bridge
Crossing the Shinano River near its mouth, this 306.9 meter bridge is one of the best known sights of Niigata. With six granite-clad arches, its unusual architectural features led to its being designated a National Important Cultural Property in 2004.
Recommended
Niigata Nippo Media Ship, Walk
Niigata Nippo Media Ship
This multifunction building features a design motif in which the building as a whole takes the form of a Kitamaebune trading ship advancing with the wind in its sales. From the observation floor approx. 100 meters above ground, visitors can enjoy views extending from the streets of Niigata directly below, to the distant Niigata Plain and the Sea of Japan.
Bandaicho-dori st., Walk
Bandaicho-dori st.
Walk down this shopping street with eaves to protect shoppers from snow and rain (approx. 850 meters). This route leads you from the city center deep into the Niigata Nuttari district.
Recommended
Nuttari Teramachi Temple Quarter, Walk
Nuttari Teramachi Temple Quarter
Stroll around the Nuttari Teramachi Temple Quarter, which is packed with temples of diverse origins, some being built as early as the 800's. Included are: Shinzen-ji, Ryuun-ji, Shicchi-in, Hoko-in, Saison-ji, and Kosho-ji.
Recommended
Nuttari Terrace Shopping Arcade, Walk
Nuttari Terrace Shopping Arcade, Photo: Kamegai Art Design Co.
With the goal of the resurrecting and revitalizing of "Nuttari Market Street"-which had been prosperous in the 1960's but later became filled with unused storefronts covered by rusted shutters-the district of row-house-style shops was reborn in the spring of 2015 as a new shopping street occupied primarily by young shop owners in their 30's. Here you can feel the energy and warm humanity of Nuttari.

A "Morning Market" is held on the first Sunday of every month. (8:00 to 12:00)
Note: The market schedule is subject to change or cancellation.

Recommended
Minemura Miso Brewery, Walk
Minemura Miso Brewery
Learn about the history and production methods of Echigo miso and miso pickles in a miso brewery established in 1905. Then, enjoy rice and miso pickles as well as ochazuke with broth made in the brewery itself.

Miso brewery tours are held three times a day (11:30, 13:30, and 14:30). Each tour takes about 20 minutes.

The tour will be provided in Japanese.

Open Hours - 11:00 to 18:00

Recommended
Imayo Tsukasa Sake Brewery, Walk
Imayo Tsukasa Sake Brewery
Established in 1767, this sake brewery produces fine examples of crisp, dry Niigata sake. It uses the unusual brewing method of all-junmai rice fermentation with absolutely no adulteration. Explanations are provided on the tour, and after that you can enjoy taste testing.

Sake brewery tours are held four times a day (11:00, 13:00, 14:00, and 15:00). Each tour takes about 40 minutes.

The tour will be provided in Japanese.

Open Hours - 9:00 to 17:00

Takasago Inari Shrine, Walk
Takasago Inari Shrine
Founded in 1683 in conjunction with the opening of warehouse facilities (at the current site of Nuttari Elementary School) for managing the annual rice tax, this temple is dedicated to the guardian deity of grains, and it features a row of red torii gates.
Nuttari Hakusan Shrine, Walk
Nuttari Hakusan Shrine
This is the shrine of the guardian deity of Nuttari. According to the Nihon shoki (Chronicle of Japan), the place name of Nuttari is derived from "Nutarinoki," the name of a facility built by the Yamato court in 647. That facility served as the northernmost fortification for military and administrative matters with respect to the Ezo (natives of northern Japan).
GOAL! JR Niigata Station

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Recommended Trains

From Tokyo Station
  Joetsu Shinkansen, Max Toki No. 303 Joetsu Shinkansen, Max Toki No. 309 Joetsu Shinkansen, Max Toki No. 313
Tokyo Station dep. 7:00 8:52 9:28
Niigata Station arr. 8:59 11:15 11:36
Notes Recommended times
  • Minemura Miso Brewery miso brewery tour time: 11:30 to 11:50
  • Eat lunch at Minemura Brewery (not included).
  • Imayo Tsukasa Sake Brewery sake brewery tour time: 13:00 to 13:40
    Recommended times
  • Minemura Miso Brewery miso brewery tour time: 13:30 to 13:50
  • Imayo Tsukasa Sake Brewery sake brewery tour time: 14:00 to 14:40
    Recommended times
  • Minemura Miso Brewery miso brewery tour time: 14:30 to 14:50
  • Imayo Tsukasa Sake Brewery sake brewery tour time: 15:00 to 15:40

Joetsu Shinkansen timetables


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Recommended Passes and Tickets for Getting to Niigata

JR EAST PASS (Nagano, Niigata area)

For unlimited travel on JR East Shinkansen and limited express trains, make sure you have your JR EAST PASS (Nagano, Niigata area).

  • JR EAST PASSES (Nagano, Niigata area) can be purchased and exchanged at Narita and Haneda Airports.
Note: Sales of the JR EAST PASS (Nagano, Niigata area) begin on Friday, April 1, 2016.

JR EAST PASS (Nagano, Niigata area)