Myoko Area Tourist Attractions

Illumination Extravaganza: Apa Illusion 2018

Apa Resort Joetsu Myoko and nightscape critic and producer Marumaru Motou have teamed together to bring to life a world-class light show -- the Illumination Extravaganza: Apa Illusion 2018. In addition to the usual LED lighting, large projectors and lasers will be employed to create spectacular spactial effects that will dazzle and delight audiences of all ages.

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AddressNiigata ken Myoko-shi Okemi 1090
Contact0570-004-111
Open Dates and TimesJune 20 - August 31; 18:00 - 23:00
September 1 - November 15; 17: 00 - 22: 00
AdmissionGeneral: 1,500 yen
Elementary school students: 1,000 yen

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Naena Falls

Along the border with Nagano Prefecture, Naena Falls lies along the Seki River. Counted among the Best 100 Waterfalls in Japan, it is a columnar jointed wall formation of basalt, creating a powerful spray as the waters run over it.
The sight is particularly spectacular in the spring when thawing snow and ice fill the river, increasing the amount of water and the sight and sound of the splash. And the closer one stands to it, the louder the noise of the falls -- many visitors likening it to the sound of an earthquake.
In mid-summer, the surrounding nature is cool, allowing for relaxing strolls through the area. The two most beautiful seasons to visit are spring during the thaw and mid-October when the leaves are changing.
As the path leading to the waterfall is well-maintained visitors are able to reach the it in about 15 minutes on foot.
Naena Falls has been designated as one of the "Green Therapy Spots" along the Myoko Highlands Nature Trail.

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AddressNiigata Myoko Suganozawa
Telephone0255-86-3911

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Imori Lake

On clear days the full 2454 meters of beauty that is Mt. Myoko is visible upon the calm waters of Lake Imori. It is said the name of the lake was derived from the many newts (imori) who inhabited the surrounding wetlands. The wetlands themselves were home to a variety of aquatic plants, forests of Japanese white birch and the Asian Skunk Cabbage -- a plant that is rare to see in the wild anymore in Japan. The path that runs around the lake is approximately 500 meters in length and takes about 15 minutes to walk. Maintained so as to allow wheelchair access as well, Imori Lake has been designated as a "Green Therapy Spot" along the Myoko Highlands Nature Trail.

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AddressNiigata Myoko Ikenodaira
Telephone0255-86-4599

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Sekiyama Shrine

Even from the Nara Era, Mt. Myoko has been revered as a sacred mountain by the Shugendō Buddhist sect, allowing the dojo located there to prosper. The area is home to a variety of different Buddhist statues, including "Buddha's footprints" and the Amida Triad. A copper bodhisattva statue, which has been designated as an Important Cultural Property of Japan, is valuable in unraveling the history of Japanese Buddhist art. Every year on the third weekend of July, the famed Fire Festival is held; packed with worshippers, it is a tradition that has continued for over 1300 years. A Yamabushi "bojutsu dance" is the remnants of a martial art of the Yamabushi as reenacted by local youths. The 70 shrines once located on Mt. Seki were attacked and burned to the ground by Nobunaga Oda's forces. There is also a "ritual" sumo tournament as well.

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Address949-2235 Niigata Myoko Sekiyama 4804
Telephone0255-86-3911

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Tsubame Onsen Kawahara No Yu

Kawara No Yu is located 15 minutes from Tsubame Onsen's onsen town at a elevation of 1150 meters. The bath is a "mixed bathing" arrangement, open to the public and free to use. It is a combined spring of sulfur, hydrogen carbonate salts, and sulfate, resulting in a deep milky color. It is said to be effective against skin and gynecological diseases, and cuts. The actual tub itself was created using large rocks in a tasteful arrangement. Surrounded by natural forests, the area offers a spectacular view in autumn. Tsubame Onsen has been designated the starting "Green Therapy Spot" along the Myoko Highlands Nature Trail. Come enjoy a bath after a day of trekking and climbing.

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AddressNiigata Myoko Owaza Sekiyama (Tsubame Onsen)
Telephone0255-86-3911

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