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För Ägg Sweet

Sweets shop run by an egg farm För Ägg is a small sweets shop run by a local egg farm. We use only our "Pure Egg" brand eggs. These eggs are popular for their clean, exceptionally fresh taste. To best bring out the flavor of our Pure Egg brand eggs, we use only the finest ingredients in our sweets. We are most proud of our chiffon cakes, puddings and roll cakes. Stop by and give them a try! ■Major credit cards accepted

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Watanabe Sake Brewery – Hōjōgura

Farming Rice, Protecting Fields We are a small sake brewery in Itoigawa's Nechi Valley, known for its beautiful rural scenery. Our sake, Nechi Otokoyama, is made completely in the  Nechi Valley. We own the fields, we grow the rice, and we brew the sake. The Nechi Valley is covered in deep snow each winter and experiences beautiful changes throughout the seasons. We proudly make our sake using owning sake we have grown ourselves in the Nechi Valley, with water sourced from local wells. Visit our brewery shop, Hōjōgura, to learn more about how are sake is made. Sake tasting and other activities can be arranged with advance reservation.

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Benikyuu Japanese Sweets

One of Itoigawa's Oldest Confectioneries, Founded in 1825 At Benikyuu, we make sweets unique to Itoigawa, taking pride not only in their flavor, but in the smiles they bring to our customers' faces. Enjoy our sweets on special occasions or when relaxing with family and friends. We have been working hard for nearly 200 years to bring joy and smiles into our customers' lives through our sweets, including our most famous product, Yama-no-Homare. First sold in 1935, its name, which means "Glory of the Mountains," was given by famous local poet and scholar Souma Gyofu who was a close friend of our 3rd generation owner. A type of castella-style cookie, many local people assisted in its creation, so it can be said to be a truly Itoigawa creation! Our shop has English menus and labels. We hope to see you in Itoigawa!

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Fossa Magna Park

First opened as an "Itoigawa Geopark" in 1991, the Fossa Magna Park can be said to be the birthplace of the Itoigawa UNESCO Global Geopark. It features a 1 km long hillside walking trail, stretching from the entrance along Route 148 to the Shimonechi Rural Park, just inside Nechi Valley. The middle of the walkway opens up to a large rift in the cliff's face. The rocks exposed here are strikingly different in color. This alone would be an interesting curiosity, but the reason for this change in color is actually quite dramatic: This is actually the border of the Itoigawa-Shizuoka Tectonic Line, a massive fault which splits Japan in two! According to some theories, this is also one of the borders between the North American and Eurasian continental plates. It was the collision and interaction of these plates along this fault which created the Japanese Islands we see today and blessed the Itoigawa region with its ruggedly beautiful landscape and rich geological and natural diversity. The park also features a variety of informative panels explaining how the landscape here was formed. Near the exit are several examples of pillow lava, a natural formation which occurs when lava flows underwater--further evidence of Itoigawa's ancient natural history.

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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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