Legend of Kappa in Ogata region !!

Kappa is one of the most famous traditional monsters (Yōkai) in Japan. In shintō, Kappa is considered to be a water deity. In Japanese Buddhism, on the other hand, it is considered to be a kind of a hungry ogre. It is said that Kappa used to live in rivers, ponds or swamps as it’s a type […]

A recommended place to see Carp streamers (koinobori) around Joetsu!

May 5th is Children’s day in Japan!! In the past, the day was known as Tango no Sekku− the ceremony held at the imperial court.  Originally, Tango no Sekku was called Boys’ Day, while Girls’ Day (Hinamatsuri) was celebrated on March 3. In 1948, the government declared this day to be a national holiday to celebrate the happiness of all […]

Joetsu’s hidden sacred place, Takiderafudo.

It is said that Takada park is one of the most popular sightseeing spot in Joetsu. However, it seems that the fact didn’t apply 90 years ago according to past data. Then where is the place which is the best sightseeing spot in Joetsu area at that time  ? Well, it was the place called […]

⛩Atago Shrine⛩

There is an interesting shrine in Joetsu city, Niigata Prefecture, Japan. It is  Atago shrine. What is interesting about this Shrine is that statue pairs of oni-damon support the pillars of inner Shrine. Can you see them? closing up ,,,, there you are!!  

Joetsu City History Museum!

As you might already know, Takada park is well known for the cherry blossom festival. More than 1 million people visit the park every year. The best season to visit Takada park is spring without a question, but even though spring is over, you can still enjoy walking and exploring there. Today, I’m going to […]