NIIGATA & GUNMA

Explore a Wild Wonderland

Wander outside of Tokyo to a wilder part of the country, where locals have long lived in harmony with nature. The unspoiled landscapes of Gunma and Niigata are home to an incredible variety of exciting outdoor activities, living art that changes with the seasons, and local delicacies that are sure to please.

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JR TOKYO Wide Pass

Day 1

  • Tokyo
  • Niigata

Day 2

  • Niigata
  • Gunma
  • Tokyo

For this itinerary we recommend visitors utilize the JR TOKYO Wide Pass. This 3-day discount pass allows for unlimited rides on shinkansen, limited express, and other trains in Tokyo and the surrounding Kanto areas. It allows for access as far north as Niigata, which makes it the perfect way to explore the two prefectures featured.

Day 1 - START

About 120 mins

  • Walk

    Hotel – Tokyo Station

  • JR Joetsu Shinkansen【JR TOKYO Wide Pass】

    Tokyo Station – Echigo Yuzawa Station

  • Express Bus【Additional fare required】

    Echigo Yuzawa Station – Kiyotsukyoiriguchi

  • Walk

    Kiyotsukyoiriguchi – Kiyotsu Gorge

Discover a Place Where Art & Nature Blend Together
Ma Yansong /MAD Architects, 「Tunnel of Light」 (Echigo-Tsumari Art Field)Photo by YAMADA Tsutomu

Discover a Place Where Art & Nature Blend Together

Discover a Place Where Art & Nature Blend Together
Ma Yansong /MAD Architects, 「Tunnel of Light」 (Echigo-Tsumari Art Field)Photo by YAMADA Tsutomu

Architects and artists have transformed the Kiyotsu Gorge into a natural work of art. Stroll through tunnel installations and gaze upon beautiful seasonal landscapes.

Kiyotsu Gorge Tunnel “Tunnel of Light”
2126 Koide, Tokamachi City, Niigata 949-8433

Matsudai Noh Butai
3743-1 Matsudai, Tokamachi City, Niigata 942-1526

Kiyotsu Gorge Tunnel “Tunnel of Light”
08:30 – 16:30 Open Sat., Sun., and holidays in winter.
Matsudai Noh Butai
10:00 – 17:00 Closed Tues. and Wed.
Kiyotsu Gorge Tunnel Management Office
Tell: +81 25-763-4800
Mail: info@echigo-tsumari.jp
Matsudai Noh Butai
Tell: +81 25-595-6180
Enjoy Niigata: Kiyotsukyo Gorge Tunnel
https://enjoyniigata.com/en/spot/6950
Enjoy Niigata: Matsudai Noh Butai
https://enjoyniigata.com/en/spot/9907

About 40 mins

  • Walk

    Kiyotsu Gorge – Kiyotsukyoiriguchi

  • Express Bus【Additional fare required】

    Kiyotsukyoiriguchi – Echigo Yuzawa Station

Info

Enjoy Sake in the Station of Japan’s Rice Heartland

Enjoy Sake in the Station of Japan’s Rice Heartland

Enjoy Sake in the Station of Japan’s Rice Heartland

Located inside Echigo Yuzawa Station, Ponshukan is a store and museum where visitors can sample over 100 kinds of sake from a wall of vending machines!

Echigo Sake Museum Ponshukan
2427-3 Yuzawa, Yuzawamachi, Minamiuonuma, Niigata 949-6101

09:30 – 18:00
Tell: +81 25-784-3758
Email: info@ponshukan.com
Enjoy Niigata: Sake Museum Ponshukan
https://enjoyniigata.com/en/spot/7110

About 55 mins

  • JR Joetsu Line Local【Additional fare required】

    Echigo Yuzawa Station – Matsudai Station

  • Walk

    Matsudai Station – Matsudai Noh Butai

Info

Fields of Art at Matsudai Noh Butai
KUSAMA Yayoi「Tsumari in Bloom」Photo by NAKAMURA Osamu

Fields of Art at Matsudai Noh Butai

Fields of Art at Matsudai Noh Butai
KUSAMA Yayoi「Tsumari in Bloom」Photo by NAKAMURA Osamu

The Matsudai Noh Butai combine the beauty of nature with contemporary works of art to create an experience unlike any other.

Kiyotsu Gorge Tunnel “Tunnel of Light”
2126 Koide, Tokamachi City, Niigata 949-8433

Matsudai Noh Butai
3743-1 Matsudai, Tokamachi City, Niigata 942-1526

Kiyotsu Gorge Tunnel “Tunnel of Light”
08:30 – 16:30 Open Sat., Sun., and holidays in winter.
Matsudai Noh Butai
10:00 – 17:00 Closed Tues. and Wed.
Kiyotsu Gorge Tunnel Management Office
Tell: +81 25-763-4800
Mail: info@echigo-tsumari.jp
Matsudai Noh Butai
Tell: +81 25-595-6180
Enjoy Niigata: Kiyotsukyo Gorge Tunnel
https://enjoyniigata.com/en/spot/6950
Enjoy Niigata: Matsudai Noh Butai
https://enjoyniigata.com/en/spot/9907

About 55 mins

  • Walk

    Matsudai Noh Butai – Matsudai Station

  • JR Joetsu Line Local【Additional fare required】

    Matsudai Station – Echigo Yuzawa Station

  • Walk

    Echigo Yuzawa Station – Hotel

Info

Soak in the Scenery of Echigo Yuzawa

Soak in the Scenery of Echigo Yuzawa

Soak in the Scenery of Echigo Yuzawa

A stay in one of the many luxurious accommodations in Echigo Yuzawa provides visitors with the chance to enjoy authentic Japanese onsen culture, regardless of the season!

Echigo Yuzawa Onsen Sightseeing Association
2431-1 Yuzawa, Minamiuonuma District, Niigata 949-6101

09:00 – 18:00
Tell: +81 25-785-5353
Email: info@yuzawaonsen.gr.jp

Info

Day 1 - Goal
Day 2 - START

About 45 mins

  • Walk

    Hotel – Echigo Yuzawa Station

  • JR Joetsu Shinkansen【JR TOKYO Wide Pass】

    Echigo Yuzawa Station – Jomo-Kogen Station

  • Shuttle Bus【No additional fare】

    Jomo-Kogen Station – Canyons ltd.

Ride the Rapids in Minakami

Ride the Rapids in Minakami

Ride the Rapids in Minakami

The bountiful nature of Minakami offers visitors the chance to enjoy all the thrills nature has to offer. Try whitewater rafting with the experienced guides of Canyons ltd.

Canyons LTD.
45 Yubiso, Minakami-machi, Tone-gun, Gunma 379-1728

Canyons LTD.
Tell: +81 278-72-2811
Email: info@canyons.jp

About 50 mins

  • Shuttle Bus【No additional fare】

    Canyons ltd. – Minakami Station

  • JR Joetsu Line Local【JR TOKYO Wide Pass】

    Minakami Station – Numata Station

  • Bus【Additional fare required】

    Numata Station – Shimogumi

  • Walk

    Shimogumi – Kajitsu no Sato Harada Farm

Info

Eat Your Fill of Farm-Fresh Fruit

Eat Your Fill of Farm-Fresh Fruit

Eat Your Fill of Farm-Fresh Fruit

At Kajitsu no Sato Harada Farm, visitors can enjoy picking a variety of seasonal fruit right off the tree! It doesn’t get any fresher than hand-picked.

Kajitsu no Sato Harada Farm
1294 Yokozuka-machi, Numata City, Gunma 378-0002

08:00 – 17:00 (Summer) (reception closes at 16:00)
09:00 – 16:30 (Winter) (reception closes at 15:30)
Kajitsu no Sato Harada Farm
Tell: +81 278-22-3991

About 80 mins

  • Walk

    Kajitsu no Sato Harada Farm – Shimogumi

  • Bus【Additional fare required】

    Shimogumi – Numata Station

  • JR Joetsu Line Local【JR TOKYO Wide Pass】

    Numata Station – Takasaki Station

  • Bus【Additional fare required】

    Takasaki Station – Shorinzaniriguchi

  • Walk

    Shorinzaniriguchi – Daimonya Co.

Info

Get Hands-On with Takasaki Crafts

Get Hands-On with Takasaki Crafts

Get Hands-On with Takasaki Crafts

Daruma are Buddhist good luck charms ubiquitous in Japan, and Takasaki produces the majority of those seen in the country. Daimonya Co. gives visitors the chance to paint their own good luck charm!

Daimonya Co., Ltd.
124-2, Fujizuka-machi, Takasaki City, Gunma 370-0875

09:00 – 17:00
Tell: +81 27-323-5223
Email: daimonya@nifty.com

About 85 mins

  • Walk

    Daimonya Co. – Gumma-Yawata Station

  • JR Shin-Etsu Line Local【JR TOKYO Wide Pass】

    Gumma-Yawata Station – Takasaki Station

  • Joshin Dentetsu Line Local【Additional fare required】

    Takasaki Station – Joshu-Tomioka Station

  • Walk

    Joshu-Tomioka Station – Tomioka Silk Mill

Info

UNESCO World Heritage Site Tomioka Silk Mill

UNESCO World Heritage Site Tomioka Silk Mill

UNESCO World Heritage Site Tomioka Silk Mill

Japan’s first silk model factory is no longer running, but visitors can come learn about the history and development of the nation’s raw silk industry at this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

1-1 Tomioka, Gunma 370-2316

09:00 – 17:00
(last entrance at 16:30)
Tell: +81 274-67-0075

About 130 mins

  • Walk

    Tomioka Silk Mill – Joshu-Tomioka Station

  • Joshin Dentetsu Line Local【Additional fare required】

    Joshu-Tomioka Station – Takasaki Station

  • JR Hokuriku Shinkansen【JR TOKYO Wide Pass】

    Takasaki Station – Tokyo Station

Info

Day 2 - Goal