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Umidani Gorge & Sankyo Park

Gorgeous autumn colors and hiker's paradise! This park and campground is located at the entrance to Umidani Gorge. It serves as the basecamp for climbing Mt. Komagatake or hiking down into the Umidani Gorge itself. Multiple lookout points offer beautiful views of Mt. Senjogatake, the Umidani Mountains and the distant Sea of Japan. Enjoy brilliant new greenery in spring and fiery reds, oranges and yellows in autumn.

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Amakazari Foothills Shiroike Pond & Forest Park

Hiking Trails and Mt. Amakazariyama The view of Mt. Amakazariyama reflected in this pond is breathtaking and the forests around Shiroike Pond are full of natural plants and wildlife waiting to be discovered. Thanks to its remote location deep in the Nechi Valley, this park is also one of the best places in Itoigawa to enjoy the night sky. In addition to a number of leisurely trails, this park is also the best place to start a climb of Mt. Tokurayama. At 927 m, Mt. Tokurayama is definitely one of the easiest climbs in Itoigawa, but the view from the top is surprisingly beautiful!

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Salt Trail Museum

Museum dedicated to the Historic Salt Trail Located in a repurposed farm house deep in the heart of the Nechi Valley, this museum features a collection of over 2,100 items are on display here and include tools used by the 'bokka' porters who carried goods along the Salt Trail. These bokka were mostly peasant farmers of the Nechi Valley who made a living during the winter months by carrying large heavy packs loaded with salt and other goods bound for markets in Matsumoto. The collection of tools and other artifacts found here are registered as a Nationally Important Cultural Property of Japan.

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