Joetsu Area Tourist Attractions

Takada Park

Takada Park now stands on the grounds of the former Takada Castle which was built in 1614 as the fortress of Tadateru Matsudaira. The park is now the home of Japan's third best cherry blossom night festivals in spring, as well as a Asia's best lotus blossom festival in summer. In 1993, the three-story main gate corner tower was restored with a historical museum showcases recounting the history of the Takada Clan was set up on the first and second floors, and an observatory from which you can see Takada Park on the third.

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AddressJoetsu Honjocho (inside Takada Park)
Telephone025-526-5915

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Joetsu Public Aquarium

The aquarium boasts approximately 100 Magellan penguins (the most in Japan), a popular seal show, and a circular centerpiece tank (dubbed Marine Jumbo) with approximately 40 different species of fish (for a total of 2000) -- a fun time for kids and adults alike.
Currently closed for reopening in 2018

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AddressJoetsu Nishi-honcho 4-19-27
Telephone025-543-2449

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Mt. Kasuga Castle Ruins

The Mt. Kasuga Castle Ruins were once the home of Kenshin Uesugi, the famed daimyo of the Warring States Era. A historical site, it is counted among the 100 Famed Castles of Japan. Though the history of the castle is not well-known, it is believed to have existed during the Northern and Southern Courts Era (approximately 600 years ago). Moreover, it is thought to have been maintained by a number of houses including the Uesugis and the Horis. From the core of the ruins, located at an elevation of 180 meters, the Japan Sea and the Kubiki Plains, as well as the mountains surrounding them, can be clearly viewed.

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AddressNakayashiki Daizu, Joetsu city
Telephone025-526-5111(City Tourism Division)

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Rinsen Temple

Kenshin Uesugi's grandfather Yoshikage Nagao built the temple in 1497 to mourn the passing of his father, Shigekage Nagao. It was here that Kenshin Uesugi spent a part of his youth (7-14 years old) under the strict tutelage of famed monk Kouiku Tenshitsu. It is said that Uesugi's formidable education and religious piety​ were instilled into him during this time. It is said that gomon gate (a City Designated Cultural Asset) was relocated from Mt. Kasuga Castle, and the mountain gate became a masterpiece of the Taisho Era, incorporating both Kamakura Era Japanese style and Tang Dynasty Chinese style.

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AddressJoetsu Naka-monzen 1-1-1
Telephone025-524-5846

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