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Sasazushi (Bamboo Sushi) Making Experience

Sasazushi (‘bamboo sushi’) holds a special place in the hearts of the people of Itoigawa. Rustic-yet-colorful, this simple dish of vinegar rice topped with pickled vegetables, nuts and other local produce served atop a bamboo le...

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Itoigawa Jade Bracelet Making

Itoigawa is perhaps most famous for its jade.  Jade was first crafted into jewelry over 7000 years ago. Although the designs and methods have changed, the stone’s simple elegance and beauty remain as enchanting as ever. At the Gyokusu...

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Shiitake Farm Experience

Few ingredients are as quintessentially Japanese as the shiitake mushroom. It’s hard to imagine many traditional Japanese dishes without the shiitake’s hearty texture and rich earthy flavor. In Itoigawa’s scenic Hayakawa V...

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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 sce...

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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, an...

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Takanami-no-Ike Campgrounds

Camp in the Hakuba Foothills Near the Kotakigawa Jade Gorge These campgrounds are located beside the beautiful Takanami-no-Ike Pond, offering stunning views of Mt. Myojo and access to hiking trails, the Kotakigawa Jade Gorge and more! The c...

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Jade Gorge Fishing Park

Mountain Stream Fishing by the Kotakigawa Jade Gorge Just a minute drive from the Kotakigawa Jade Gorge, this fishing park is a popular place to enjoy trout and char fishing with friends and family! Rent a pole, basket and bait and get fish...

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