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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 scenery, dotted with shrines, temples and more. Rental bicycles are available at Itoigawa Station and Marine Dream Nou.

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Kaibo Park

Only 400 meters from the coast, Itoigawa Station is the closest shinkansen station to the Sea of Japan. In just about 5 minutes you can walk from the North Entrance of Itoigawa Station to Kaibo Park, whose Japanese name means "Seaview Park." This small park, located on the former site of Itoigawa City Hall, features a large observation deck with beautiful views of the Sea of Japan, Central Itoigawa and the two mountain ranges which flank Itoigawa. In the center of the park, a bronze statue of local goddess Princess Nunakawa looks out across the sea to Izumo, the home of her husband, Okuninushi-no-Mikoto. Their son, Takeminakata, clings to her dress. Along the footpath in front of the park, various stones representing the geological diversity of Itoigawa are on display.

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Fossa Magna Museum

Itoigawa UNESCO Global Geopark's Information Center. Museum of Jade and the Fossa Magna. Opened in 1994 in Itoigawa's beautiful Miyama Park, the Fossa Magna Museum tells the story of the birth of our planet and the Japanese Islands through mineral samples collected throughout Itoigawa and features exhibits on Itoigawa's jade, limestone, the Fossa Magna, Mt. Yakeyama and more. In March 2015 the museum was reopened after extensive renovations. Visit us and discover Itoigawa's exciting Geological Story, over 500 million years in the making! ●Fossa Magna Museum ・General (18 and older): 500yen ・Under 18: Free ●Joint Admission to Chojagahara Archaeological Museum (5 min walk from Fossa Magna Museum) ・General (18 and older): 600yen ・Under 18: Free ※100 yen discount to groups of 20 or more ※Free admission for guests with disabilities ●Fossil Valley Activity ・300 yen for 2 hours ・Includes equipment rental ・Limit of five fossils per person ・Closed in Winter Season

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Chojagahara Archaeological Museum

At the Center of the World's Oldest Jadeworking Culture The Chojagahara Archaeological Site was the site of a number of massive settlements over 5,000 to 3,500 years ago. The people who lived in these settlements collected jade from the nearby rivers and coast. Recognizing its durability and beauty, they used it in the crafting of tools and jewelry, eventually devloping into the first example of jadeworking known in the world. Today, the Chojagahara Archaeological Site is recognized as one of the largest neolithic sites in Japan's Hokuriku Region and is registered as a National Historic Site of Japan. The Chojagahara Archaeological Site is massive and it is estimated that not even 10% has been unearthed. A few dwellings have been reconstructed as an archaeological park nearby, while the Chojagahara Archaeological Museum houses a massive collection of pottery, beads and other historical artifacts unearthed at the site and similar sites around Itoigawa. ◆Chojagahara Archaeological Museum  Adults: 300yen  Joint Admission with Fossa Magna Museum: 600yen  100yen discount for groups of 20 or more  Children (18 and under): Free ◆Chojagahara Archaeological Park   Free

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Tanimura Art Museum & Gyokusuien Gardens

Buddhist Artwork, Traditional Japanese Gardens & Modern Architecture The Gyokusuien Gardens opened in 1981. Designed by acclaimed landscape architect Kinsaku Nakane, the gardens use the natural background to evoke a scene of two rivers flowing from the mountains in a serene, secluded setting. Enjoy viewing the gardens from the adjoining tea house or the hillside pavilion. Beside the gardens, the Tanimura Art Museum opened in 1983. The museum features the Buddhist artwork of wood sculptor Seiko Sawada who is considered by many to be Japan's greatest modern sculptor of Buddhist artwork. Even the museum itself is a masterpiece of modern architecture designed by renowned architect Togo Murano. It was among the last buildings he designed before his passing and is considered a perfect example of Murano's personal style of Brutalist architecture. Travel along the corridor on a pilgrimage from the profane to the sacred and cleanse your mind and soul in this truly unique museum. ◆Tanimura Art Museum & Gyokusuien Gardens  Adults: 500yen  18 and under: 300yen ◆Joint Admission with Hisuien Gardens  Adults: 800yen  18 and under: 500yen

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Cliffs of Oyashirazu & Oyashirazu Community Road

'Tenka no Ken' - 'The Most Dangerous Crossing Under Heaven' The Cliffs of Oyashirazu were once known as the most dangerous crossing of the Hokuriku Road. In ancient times, crossing these cliffs meant taking your life into your own hands while inching between the rocky cliffs and the stormy sea. Over time, these perilous cliffs came to be known as 'Tenka no Ken' which means 'The Most Dangerous Crossing Under Heaven.' In the late 19th century, the first modern road was carved along these cliffs. This narrow, winding road was the only way to get around the cliffs for many years, until it was replaced by the current National Route 8. Today, the old road has been made into a scenic walk and renamed the Oyashirazu Community Road. From Oyashirazu Community Road, see the 4 generations of roads that have been built to conquer these cliffs while enjoying the spectacular views they afford. Below Oyashirazu Community Road, the remains of the Old Hokuriku Main Line, the first railroad to pass through these cliffs, can be seen. One of the tunnels has been preserved and is open to the public.

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Charmant Hiuchi Snow Resort

Meters of deep powder snow and views of the Sea of Japan If you love powder snow, Charmant Hiuchi Snow Resort is the place for you. The operators of this popular winter getaway believe that snow is best when its left untouched, so over 65% of the slopes here are unpacked, natural powder. Enjoy the thrilling back country experience that keeps skiers and boarders coming back again and again. The snow piles so deep here, that the ski resort remains open until May. Come discover why they call it Snow Country! URL: http://charmant-hiuchi.jp/ ◆Day Pass:  Adults 3900yen  Children 2900yen ◆Half Day Pass:  Adults 2900yen  Children 2000yen

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Nanasha Shrine & Gohyaku Rakan

Nestled on a quiet forested hillside next to Hisuien Gardens, Nanasha Shrine is not a particularly large shrine, but it hides a few surprising secrets. Next to the shrine's worship hall sits Rakan-do, a small Buddhist Shrine housing the Gohyaku Rakan or '500 Arhats.' These myriad stone statues were hand-carved in the early 1800s by Gyokusui, head priest of the nearby (now-defunct) Shozenji Temple. After 10 years of carving, he had amassed a collection of 555 statues which can be seen today. The statues are said to represent the disciples of Gautama Buddha and legend says that if you meditate upon them long enough, you will find your own face among the carvings.

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Itoigawa Wasabi Garden

One of the largest wasabi farms along the Sea of Japan! You can buy the highest grade of wasabi at our shop. We grow 'mazuma' wasabi, the highest grade of wasabi available, using our special patented greenhouse system. We process and package the wasabi onsite, both as fresh wasabi and in a variety of products. Stop by our shop and check out our full line of products! From early summer until autumn, we also sell Guernsey milk ice cream which you can enjoy with fresh-grated wasabi for a truly exquisite taste experience. We also sell Makochan Kelp udon noodles, made by the students at the local Kaiyo High School. They go great with our wasabi!

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Itoigawa Seaside Valley Ski Area

Closest Ski Area to Itoigawa Station! Views of Mt. Amakazariyama and the Sea of Japan! Itoigawa Seaside Valley Ski Area is Itoigawa's largest ski area with a variety of slopes for skiers and boarders of all ages and ski levels. Enjoy beautiful views of the Sea of Japan and Mt. Amakazariyama while speeding down multiple kilometers of slopes. Worked up an empty stomach? Grab a meal at the lodge or at one of the mountaintop restaurants. Then relax after a day on the slopes by soaking in the natural hot spring bath located on site! Rentals available.

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