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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 you...

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Benten-iwa Rock

Sacred Rock and Symbol of the Nou Region This massive rock looms over the Nou Coast next to Route 8. Long worshiped by local sailors as a manifestation of the goddess of the sea, the lighthouse atop the rock continues to act as an importan...

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Fudotaki Falls

Sacred waterfalls deep in the mountains This 70m tall, 3-tiered waterfall is the focus of an ancient legend about a dragon-god said to live in its basin. It’s said that if the basin is dirtied or goes cloudy, the valley below will flo...

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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 mi...

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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 po...

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Kotakigawa Jade Gorge

Named for the crystal clear Kotaki River which runs through it, the Kotakigawa Jade Gorge is a stunningly beautiful jade gorge at the base of Mt. Myojo (1188 m). It is one of Itoigawa’s two jade gorges, alongside the Omigawa Jade Gorg...

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Tottoko Rock

An unusual rock formation off the coast of Nou Next to Marine Dream Nou, this rock’s name means ‘Chicken Rock’ in the Itoigawa Dialect of Japanese. The rock looks remarkably like a chicken and at the right time of the year...

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Tsukimizu-no-Ike Pond

Sacred Pond Famous for Wisteria Blossoms The forest surrounding Tsukimizu-no-Ike is filled with wild wisteria plants. When they bloom it is said that they are so dazzling that they block out the reflection of the moon on the water, giving ...

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Takanami-no-Ike Pond

One of Itoigawa’s most dazzling sights! Located near the Kotakigawa Jade Gorge, this pond is at an elevation of 540 m and is famous for the legends of a massive fish said to live in its waters. The area around the pond features walkin...

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Omigawa Jade Gorge

 A National Natural Monument. Massive boulders of pristine white jade. The Omigawa Jade Gorge is a National Natural Monument where over 40 large boulders of pristine raw jade can be found. The Omigawa Jade Gorge is not as easily accessible ...

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