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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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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 proces...

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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...

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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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Roadside Station – Marine Dream Nou

Located in between Itoigawa’s two largest fishing harbors, Marine Dream Nou is the place to go to enjoy the freshest seafood from the Sea of Japan! If you love seafood, then you have to stop here! At Crab Market Alley (Kaniya Yokochō)...

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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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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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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...

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