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Oito Line

A local train trundling through mountains and villages The 105.4 km-long Oito Line connects Itoigawa City with Matsumoto city in Nagano Prefecture. JR West Company operates the northern part from Itoigawa Station to Minami Otari Station (al...


Kubiki Cycling Road

The Kubiki Cycling Road is a 33 km built atop the remains of the Old Hokuriku Railroad, which was moved into the mountains in the 1960s. The road winds along the coast of the Sea of Japan passing through fishing communities and pastoral sce...


Nou Hakusan Shrine

Maritime Shrine with 2000 Years of History While its exact date of founding is lost to history, shrine records state that Nou Hakusan Shrine was founded over 2000 years ago during the reign of Emperor Sujin, 10th emperor of Japan. The curr...


Renge Hot Springs Lodge (Renge Hot Springs)

Hidden baths above the clouds at a height of 1,475 meters! The Renge Hot Springs, located halfway up the peak of Mt. Korenge far above Itoigawa, are without a doubt the wildest hot springs you will find! Pay at the lodge, then hike a few m...


Maseguchi Hot Springs

Hot springs village in Itoigawa’s Nou Valley The Maseguchi Hot Springs Village, deep in the heart of Nou Valley, is home to a number of hot springs hotels and local shops. Situated at the base of Mt. Gongendake and Mt. Hokogatake, enj...


Choja Hot Springs

Thatched roof hot springs inn – 5 min drive from the sea The Choja Hot Springs are located in a repurposed old farmhouse. The hot springs are warm and refreshing, surrounded in vibrant greenery in summer and deep snow in winter. ...


Sasakura Hot Springs

Secluded hot spring resort in the heart of Hayakawa Valley The Sasakura Hot Springs sit atop a plateau surrounded by mountains over 2,000 meters tall. The baths are fed by natural spring waters from 3 separate sources and are said to have a...


Yu-no-Waki Hot Springs

Hot springs in a country club The Yu-no-Waki Hot Springs are found in the Green Messe Nou Country Club. The springs are open to non-members, so feel free to visit! You can even get in a round of golf if you like. ...


Hotel White Cliff (Shio-no-Michi Hot Springs)

Hot Springs in a Ski Resort The Shio-no-Michi Hot Springs are located in the Itoigawa Seaside Valley Ski Area, making them the perfect place to relax after a day on the slopes. The baths here are open all year, so even if you are hiking in ...


Amakazari Lodge (Amakazari Hot Springs)

Secluded mountain spring at the base of Mt. Amakazariyama This hot spring is at a height of 900 meters at the base of Mt. Amakazariyama, one of Japan’s 100 Famous Mountains. It’s a popular basecamp for climbing this beloved moun...