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  • Fukui Prefecture has seen a resurgence in popularity in recent years with the extension of the Hokuriku Shinkansen line. Many people somehow know that it is a tourist attraction with dinosaurs and Tojinbo, but have never actually been there. Why not enjoy a trip to Fukui on your way to Kanazawa or other places to feel the history of the city?


  • Those who are well versed in Japanese soba may know of "hegisoba ", which is rarely heard of outside of Niigata. It is one of the soba varieties born and developed in Niigata Prefecture, and is a local delicacy commonly eaten in the region. "Hegi "is the vessel that serves as the identity of hegisoba. "It is said that the name comes from the verb hagu ", which means to peel, and as the name implies, a wooden board is used. It is like "colander ", in which "colander "is replaced by "hegi ". The soba is made with a smooth buckwheat paste, which is then arranged like a beautiful woven fabric. It is a local soba with a unique taste and appearance. In this issue, we have selected five popular soba restaurants in Niigata Prefecture that offer hegisoba. Please have a look.


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    Museums and art galleries that are fun to see and know are recommended as destinations. Seeing and learning about new things is very enjoyable and enriches the mind. I believe that new discoveries also lead to personal growth. This article introduces recommended museums and art museums in Niigata Prefecture that are full of attractions.

    2024-04-05 Management office

  • Kanazawa is a wonderful city that combines historical architecture with a modern contemporary atmosphere "Kanazawa ". When most people think of Kanazawa's tourist attractions, they probably think of Kozumon Gate, the ruins of Kanazawa Castle, Kenrokuen Garden, and the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art. Of course, all of those facilities are wonderful and highly recommended, but there are many other wonderful sightseeing spots in Kanazawa! In this article, I would like to introduce three such "slightly more conventional" sightseeing spots in Kanazawa that are not introduced on the main road. Please use this article as a guide for sightseeing in Kanazawa and enjoy a different face of Kanazawa!


  • Nagano Prefecture is full of nature, beautiful scenery, and delicious food. In terms of hot springs, Nagano Prefecture ranks among the top in Japan in various aspects, including "the second largest number of hot spring resorts and hot spring accommodations in Japan ". 1 There are so many ryokan that it is hard to know which one to choose. Which ryokan satisfies all the requirements of nature, food, hot springs, history, etc.? If you are wondering "Which ryokan meets all of my requirements, nature, food, hot springs, history, etc.? Here are seven carefully selected attractive ryokan that meet those requirements. Please refer to this page. 1 "From "Japan Hot Springs Association

    2024-02-26 Management office

  • There are many historical buildings in Japan with a retro feel from the Meiji and Taisho periods. The buildings from the period when Western culture flourished and modernization progressed have an atmosphere different from that of modern buildings. Why not experience the romance of the Meiji and Taisho eras in these retro-inspired buildings that have been preserved by human hands?


  • Nagano Prefecture is full of nature and still retains a variety of cultures and traditions. For this reason, there are many hotels that take advantage of Nagano's charms, and many people are unsure of where to stay when planning their trip. In this article, we will introduce seven carefully selected recommended hotels where you can enjoy the charms of Nagano! Please refer to them in planning your trip.

    2024-02-02 Management office

  • Hello. In this article, I would like to introduce about 7 recommended date spots in the Niigata area. I would like to introduce a number of places where two couples can create wonderful memories together. We will list a very wide range of places, from places with gorgeous nature and scenery to hands-on facilities, so please refer to them and create fun memories that will last a lifetime.

    2024-01-18 Management office

  • Located on the border between Nagano and Gunma prefectures, at an altitude of 13,00 m above sea level, is the unexplored "Onishidashien ". Located in Joshinetsu Kogen National Park, which was created by the 1783 eruption of Mt. Asama, this push-out garden is one of the few facilities in Japan where visitors can walk right next to lava. The high elevation makes for a relatively cool walk even in summer. Enjoy a great walk and feel the power of untouched nature!


  • Nagano Prefecture reminds us of its magnificent nature and clean, clear water. In the case of Nagano Prefecture, the main characteristic of the installation spots is that everything is in harmony with the beautiful nature, not just man-made objects. Karuizawa, a popular summer resort, is lined with fashionable and cute stores, but at the same time, you can enjoy the beauty of the trees and the flowing river space. In addition, we will introduce four carefully selected Instagram-worthy spots where man-made objects and nature are well mixed, such as the spectacular sea of clouds and Matsumoto Castle with the Northern Alps in the borrowed scenery. These are all spots where you can enjoy the blessed nature of Nagano together with fashionable and photogenic buildings.

    2023-12-20 Management office

  • Kanazawa, which is immensely popular in all four seasons, is located in "Ishikawa Prefecture ". Did you know that there are actually places in Ishikawa Prefecture where you can feel the great outdoors and forget the hustle and bustle of everyday life? Beyond the Noto Peninsula, there are many spots where you can see spectacular views of nature and feel the tenderness of nature and the countryside. In this article, we will introduce some recommendations for a road trip, focusing not only on the Wajima morning market and Wajima lacquerware, but also on Wakura, which is just a short drive away. Because it is a lesser-known tourist destination, we invite you to enjoy a refreshing trip that is a little niche and full of satisfaction.


  • In recent years, shrines and temples have become popular as power spots and are visited by many people. In fact, Niigata Prefecture has 4755 shrines, making it the prefecture with the most shrines in Japan (Hyogo Prefecture in second place has 3,836). (Hyogo Prefecture, in second place, has 3,836 shrines.) During the Meiji Era, the government launched a program to reduce the number of shrines, which had increased too much, but Niigata Prefecture was reluctant to do so. Also, Niigata Prefecture was surprisingly the most populated prefecture in Japan at the time, and many people needed a spiritual center. This article introduces some of the most popular spots among the many shrines and temples in Niigata Prefecture.

    2023-11-21 Management office

  • A spot on the border between Gunma and Nagano Prefectures with spectacular views. "Old Usui Pass ". This article introduces the observation park at an altitude of 1,200 meters, which offers such a wonderful view, and the surrounding tourist attractions. Karuizawa, a summer resort and at an altitude of 1,200 meters, is a refreshing place to visit even in summer. It is highly recommended when you want a change of scenery and want to enjoy the autumn leaves! There is also the "red bus "that runs from Kyukaruizawa to the gazebo, so why don't you enjoy the autumn nature while enjoying the scenery?


  • The Karuizawa area is popular as a vacation home and has an attractive, upscale atmosphere. It is also noted as a "summer resort "for cool air in the summer. Why was Karuizawa chosen as a summer resort in the first place? Some of you may be wondering why Karuizawa was chosen as a summer resort in the first place. The reason Karuizawa is cool, in fact, is said to be due to its high altitude. Studies have shown that for every 100 meters of elevation gain, the temperature drops by 0.6 degrees Celsius. The elevation of Karuizawa is about 1000 meters. And Tokyo's elevation is about 40 meters. It is shocking to see such a difference in elevation. Why not escape the scorching heat of Tokyo and spend an elegant moment in Karuizawa? This article introduces some of the most attractive tourist spots in the Karuizawa area. The author, who has been visiting Karuizawa every year for nearly 15 years, has carefully selected "the must-visit "spots for your first visit to Karuizawa! Please refer to this article to plan your Karuizawa sightseeing tour.


  • Fukui Prefecture is known for its dinosaurs, and is a popular destination for a variety of tourists from the Kansai region and elsewhere, as it is accessible within a short distance. It is a land of many things to see and do, but it is also a thriving anime mecca. There are also nominations for big titles that everyone knows. Please check it out.

    2023-10-13 Management office

  • Ishikawa Prefecture is a candidate for many people who are thinking of moving to Japan. This is because Ishikawa Prefecture is full of attractions that make it a desirable place to live. Ishikawa has always been characterized by a rich variety of food culture on the Sea of Japan coast, and with the recent opening of the Shinkansen bullet train, it has become easier to travel to and from the Tokyo metropolitan area. In such Ishikawa area, there are many well-developed gardens and parks that you may want to visit from time to time. In this issue, we would like to introduce five places that we particularly recommend.

    2023-09-22 Management office

  • It is said that "about 10% of Japan's museums and art galleries are located in Nagano Prefecture. "From Nagano Prefecture Tourism Official Website " There are many artists and historical figures associated with Nagano, so it is no surprise that there are many fascinating art galleries and museums in the area. However, many people are not sure which of the many museums is the best one to include in their travel plans. This article presents a selection of fascinating museums and art galleries that we recommend to those who are not sure what to expect.

    2023-09-14 Management office

  • There are many places in Japan that are called "rare spots," but one of the best in the Hokuriku region is the Hanibe Grotto in Komatsu City, Ishikawa Prefecture. This article introduces Hanibe Grotto, a chaotic facility that is talked about as a place where you can see the world of Buddha and hell at the same time.


  • "Kanazawa "is a city that combines the quaintness of Japan and the stylishness of the modern world, such as Kenrokuen Garden and Higashi-chaya-gai. There are many famous tourist attractions such as Kenrokuen Garden and Higashi-chaya-gai that are extremely popular among both Japanese and foreign tourists. This article introduces many popular tourist destinations in Kanazawa. Kanazawa is a great place for first-time solo travelers as it is easily accessible by public transportation and the Shinkansen bullet train. There are many spots that look great on social networking sites, so you will never want to be without your camera! Why not choose Kanazawa as your first solo travel destination?


  • Sado, an island of Niigata in the Sea of Japan. Although it is often thought to be small, it is actually about 280 km in circumference and covers an area 1.4 times the size of Tokyo's 23 wards. Sado Island, the largest island in Honshu, is home to about 50,000 people, and can be reached from Tokyo by high-speed boat in as little as 3 hours and 30 minutes. Although it is an island off the coast of Niigata, winters are warm and snowfall is fairly low thanks to the Tsushima Warm Current that flows around the island! Visitors can enjoy the original Japanese landscape in the blessed four seasons! This article introduces recommended sightseeing spots on Sado Island, which is rich in such natural beauty. This article is recommended for those who are going to travel to Sado Island or who would like to go there someday. Why not take a trip to Sado Island using this article as a guide?


  • Niigata Prefecture is very rich in nature, with mountains and sea, and the four seasons are vividly displayed. Its beautiful and magnificent scenery is very moving and liberating. This article introduces such recommended scenic spots in Niigata Prefecture.

    2023-06-16 Management office

  • The three major temples and shrines in Nagano Prefecture are "Zenkoji Temple ""Suwa Taisha Shrine ""Togakushi Shrine " These three temples and shrines have a solemn mood that is sure to bring good fortune, but they are also designed for the enjoyment of their worshippers. In this article, we summarize these three temples and shrines, which are considered power spots in Nagano Prefecture, in an easy-to-understand manner, and also take a closer look at red seals, lodging houses, and festivals. For the benefit of women who collect red seals, we will also introduce the red seals of the three temples and shrines in Nagano. This is a spot where you can take stylish and quaint pictures while touring three power spots that are full of unexpected charms.

    2023-05-25 Management office

  • Hello. In this article, I would like to introduce about 7 recommended installations in the Niigata area. It is a well-known fact that the Niigata area is a land of rich rice growth, which combined with the atmosphere of the area, creates a relaxed Japanese-style atmosphere. It is an addictive atmosphere for adults that cannot be easily enjoyed in the glittering city. We hope you will capture this unique atmosphere in your photographs and create stylish and enjoyable memories.

    2023-05-18 Management office

  • This may seem surprising to people from other parts of Japan, but Niigata Prefecture is a region where ramen has developed to such an extent that the locals call it "a ramen superpower ". Notably, there are five main categories of ramen called Niigata's five major ramen: "Nagaoka ginger soy sauce ""Tsubame back fat ""Niigata thick miso ""Niigata light soy sauce ""Sanjo curry ". It is interesting to note, however, that there are popular restaurants that do not belong to any of these categories. So, please take a look at the seven popular ramen stores we have picked up for you.


  • With the weather getting warmer across the country, it is the time of year to get outside. This spring, why don't you go out into nature where flowers are blooming and the air is dazzlingly green, where you can take a stroll in an hour or two, or take a ropeway to feel the great outdoors. Even inexperienced climbers can easily get close to nature. Here are 10 hiking courses in spring in Japan.


  • Fukui Prefecture is surrounded by the great nature of the sea and mountains, and has many historical architectural monuments. It is a prefecture that is not often on the list of potential travel destinations, but in fact there are many attractive spots to visit! In this issue, we will introduce some of the must-visit spots in Fukui Prefecture.


  • Toyama Prefecture is a prefecture that contains many elements that make it beloved for its rich nature and somewhat unusual specialties and local characteristics. For example, it is not a sacred place, so we omitted it from the show, but it was even once a collaboration with that very popular smartphone social game "Pazdora ". The famous fish appeared as monsters, etc. and became the talk of the town. These achievements give us high expectations for interesting anime sanctuaries in Toyama Prefecture. We encourage you to visit the sacred sites in Toyama Prefecture.

    2023-04-21 Management office

  • With the opening of the Hokuriku Shinkansen line to Kanazawa in 2015, the Ishikawa area has become even more significantly more valuable as a tourist destination. In fact, it is also a prefecture that often ranks high in the national ranking of cake consumption based on purchase value. Ishikawa is a prefecture with a sweet tooth, and naturally, there are many sweet stores to satisfy your craving for sweets. In this issue, we will introduce five attractive sweets stores in the Ishikawa area.


  • Ishikawa Prefecture is known as Kanazawa is the most major tourist destination. However, it is very crowded during the Bon Festival and Golden Week, "and some people may say that it was too crowded to relax ...... ". Therefore, we would like to introduce a hidden hot spring spot "in Ishikawa Prefecture, Katayamazu Onsen ". If you go to Katayamazu Onsen, which is not only a hot spring but also a hot spring spot with many Instagram-worthy spots and experience spots, you can have a different trip to Ishikawa while avoiding the crowds!


  • In this issue, we will introduce the charms of "Sado ", a recommended spot for women's travelers. Sado Island is famous for the Sado Gold Mine, nominated as a World Heritage Site, but the gold mine is not the only attraction of the island. In fact, Sado Island is full of scenic spots with spectacular photo-worthy views and delicious seafood! Girls who love nature, history, and driving, please use this article as a guide for your visit.



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