Michi no Eki Arai (Roadside Station Arai ) !!

Do you know Michi-no-Eki?  Michi-no-Eki Offical Website explains it as below. Michi-no-Eki  is a roadside rest area for those driving across Japan. Michi-no-Eki are located along national highways and provide free parking space, restrooms, snd regional and torist information for road travellers. There are currently over 1,000 locations thoughtout Japan. There are 39 Michi-no-Eki in Niigata […]

Morning Market (Asaichi) information -Part 2-

We introduced the morning market (Asaichi) in Joetsu area in the previous article. As previously mentioned, morning markets in Joetsu area are held for 21 days per month with different dates at four different locations.  Today we will introduce each market.  前回(ぜんかい) のブログで、上越(じょうえつ) の 朝市(あさいち ) について 紹介(しょうかい) しました。 前(まえ) にも 伝(つた)えたとおり、朝市(あさいち) は月(つき) に21日間、上越の4つの場所(ばしょ) で開催(かいさい)されています。 […]

Morning Market (Asaichi) information -Part 1-

Do you know about Asaichi in Joetsu area ? Asaichi literally refers to  Morning Market in English, as Asa means morning and Ichi means market.  Morning markets are held for 21 days per month with different dates at four different locations. ( I will write about each market information on the next blog.) The stands sell local […]

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 […]

What to do if you see a bear ?

The beautiful weather continues since May started. Hiking or just walking in nature can be refreshing. Joetsu area has a lot of nature spots for a green season such as mountains, parks, lakes and roads for cycling. For a person who doesn’t do winter sports like me, this season can be the most uplifting throughout […]

One of the top 100 waterfalls in Japan, Naena waterfall!

Dynamic Naena waterfall is located in Myoko City, Niigata prefecture. The travel time by car only takes an hour from Joetsu city.  In this season, you can see a dynamic waterfall made by melting snow. The power of the nature of water and sound will heal you.

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 […]

Let’s have fun while working out!

If you feel like working out in Joetsu city, going to a sports gym is one of the options. However, when you want to work out on a sunny day, it’s really good to exercise outside. You’ll be able to breathe fresh air and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Another thing you can enjoy doing is […]