Japan Drive Route Guide

Area
Northern Honshu(Tohoku)
Travel Period
3D2N
Route
203
Overview
Start
Niigata
Goal
Niigata
Way
return_trip
Travel Pace
normal
Distance
420 km
Rank
Highway fee
¥ 2,800
About this route
3 days 2 nights driving route which you can drive from Niigata city to the mountain area of Honshu(main) island of Japan. The driving distance is about 370km. Although it is only 3days, you can drive along the coast of the Sea of Japan, winding roads in the mountains, and so on. Because of the long driving distance and many sightseeing spots, the travel pace is very busy. Yuzawa town where you will stay on 2nd night is famous Onsen area. But if you are an Onsen lover, it is also recommended to stay not in the center of Niigata city but the Yahiko Onsen area for 1st night too. The highlight of this route is the amazing hidden spot "Hoshitoge Rice Terraces", photogenic Kiyotsukyo Gorge Tunnel", "SUWADA OPEN FACTORY", "Mt. Yahikoyama" and so on. Recommended food is fresh seafood at either Teradomari or Kashiwazaki area and local ramens in each area. In spring, you can enjoy tulips and cherry blossoms. In summer, you can enjoy sunflowers. And in autumn, you can enjoy amazing autumn colored leaves at many sightseeing spots. Our daily driving map will recommend you only the spots where is the best timing to visit.

Niigata

rental_car
32 877 520*46
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Niigata

rental_car
32 877 520*46
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Northern Culture Museum

sightseeing
32 588 292
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SUWADA OPEN FACTORY

sightseeing
58 532 444
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Mt.Yahikoyama

sightseeing
190 127 799*31
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Fukushimagata Lagoon Water Park

sightseeing
32 899 308*66
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Lake Hyoko

sightseeing
32 598 890*34
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Northern Culture Museum

sightseeing
32 588 292
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Niigata Chuo Wholesale Market

restaurant
32 765 829*53
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CoCoLo Niigata

sightseeing
32 878 031*24
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Nuttari Terrace Street

sightseeing
524 008 043*33
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Porto Cave d'Occi (Close)

restaurant
Close
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The Niigata Saito Villa

sightseeing
524 005 640*02
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Gelateria Popolo

restaurant
524 003 200*83
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kamado

restaurant
32 813 582*21
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Niigata Furusato Village

sightseeing
32 692 382*21
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Former Sasagawa Residence

sightseeing
32 361 649*88
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Shirone Kite Museum

sightseeing
32 303 515*68
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Roadside Station TsubameSanjo Regional Products Center

public_facility
58 832 556*66
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SUWADA OPEN FACTORY

sightseeing
58 532 444
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Uwasekigata Park

sightseeing
190 434 594
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Cave d'Occi Winery

restaurant
190 492 060
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Kakuda Misaki Lighthouse

sightseeing
190 429 780
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Mt.Yahikoyama

sightseeing
190 127 799*31
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Mt.Yahikoyama Ropeway

sightseeing
190 129 256*53
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Yahiko Shrine

sightseeing
190 129 256*53
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Yahiko Park & Omotenashi Hiroba

sightseeing
190 099 718*31
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Kokujoji Temple & Sengando Suspended Bridge

sightseeing
58 878 392
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Teradomari Street Market (Sakana no Ameyoko)

sightseeing
58 812 295*21
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Washima Tout Le Monde

restaurant
58 512 360*47
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Garden Cafe Ichishima

restaurant
157 370 813*44
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Miso Ramen Magokorotei

restaurant
32 818 344*55
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BAKE UP 1YAISM

restaurant
32 758 870*60
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Kojimaya Sohonten

restaurant
32 759 608*22
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Patisserie Remplir

restaurant
32 723 524*62
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Shirone Grapes Garden

sightseeing
32 575 450*00
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Gelateria Regalo

restaurant
190 221 739*77
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Koshu Hanten

restaurant
190 019 658*63
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Kaifutei Nihonkai

restaurant
58 781 269*11
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Sun Sun Cafe

restaurant
190 429 786*15
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Umi Cafe Nef

restaurant
190 838 311*52
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Uobei

restaurant
32 759 490*41
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Tonkatsu Ogawatei

restaurant
32 562 413*30
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Sorano Terrace

restaurant
190 467 401*88
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Komadori

restaurant
190 374 088*85
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Shusekian

restaurant
190 251 180*36
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KOKAJIYA

restaurant
190 250 239*52
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No name observatory(Yahiko)

sightseeing
190 127 032*25
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Cafe Winds&Banana Winds

restaurant
190 004 151*55
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Nippon Rent a Car Niigata Bantai

rental_car
32 877 520*46
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Nippon Rent a Car Niigata Station Shinkansen Exit

rental_car
32 847 745*24
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Nippon Rent a Car Niigata Airport

rental_car
524 103 266*62
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Niigata

rental_car
32 877 520*46
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Yuzawa/Minakami

sightseeing
253 081 445*08
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Nihonkai Fisherman's Cape

restaurant
925 359 458*20
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Oginoshima Kayabuki Loop Village

sightseeing
414 090 440*55
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Hoshitoge Rice Terraces

sightseeing
298 138 507*55
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Ponshukan EchigoYuzawa

restaurant
No car park
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Roadside Station Nagaoka

public_facility
58 126 235
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Yuzawa/Minakami

sightseeing
253 081 445*08
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Niigata

rental_car
32 877 520*46
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Kiyotsukyo Gorge Tunnel

sightseeing
253 195 489*35
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Roadside Station TsubameSanjo Regional Products Center

public_facility
58 832 556*66
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Mt.Yahikoyama

sightseeing
190 127 799*31
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Porto Cave d'Occi (Close)

restaurant
Close
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kamado

restaurant
32 813 582*21
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Former Sasagawa Residence

sightseeing
32 361 649*88
Location Guide Page

Roadside Station TsubameSanjo Regional Products Center

public_facility
58 832 556*66
Location Guide Page

SUWADA OPEN FACTORY

sightseeing
58 532 444
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Cave d'Occi Winery

restaurant
190 492 060
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Kakuda Misaki Lighthouse

sightseeing
190 429 780
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Mt.Yahikoyama

sightseeing
190 127 799*31
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Mt.Yahikoyama Ropeway

sightseeing
190 129 256*53
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Yahiko Shrine

sightseeing
190 129 256*53
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Yahiko Park & Omotenashi Hiroba

sightseeing
190 099 718*31
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Kokujoji Temple & Sengando Suspended Bridge

sightseeing
58 878 392
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Yukyuzan Park

sightseeing
58 046 189*15
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Echigo Hillside Park

sightseeing
187 629 770*36
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Ojiya Nishikikoi no Sato

sightseeing
140 785 866*14
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Wataya

restaurant
140 815 777*04
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Eirinji Temple

sightseeing
140 592 495*20
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Saifukuji Temple Kaizando

sightseeing
140 385 754*66
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Hakkaisan Ropeway

sightseeing
140 087 626*28
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Hakkaisan Brewary Uonuma no Sato

sightseeing
140 082 425*50
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Mikunikaido Shiozawajyuku

sightseeing
253 447 560*60
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Yuzawa Kogen

sightseeing
253 081 445*08
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Miso Ramen Magokorotei

restaurant
32 818 344*55
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Kojimaya Sohonten

restaurant
32 759 608*22
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Patisserie Remplir

restaurant
32 723 524*62
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Gelateria Regalo

restaurant
190 221 739*77
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Koshu Hanten

restaurant
190 019 658*63
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Mitsuke English Garden

sightseeing
58 407 782*00
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Eguchi Dango

restaurant
187 688 141*85
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Gelato Yummy

restaurant
140 292 709*11
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IKOTE

restaurant
140 151 862*68
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Nagaoka City Momijien

sightseeing
414 828 291*60
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Yukiguni Agri Park Yuzawa Strawberry Farm

sightseeing
253 084 066*44
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Fudootaki Waterfalls

sightseeing
No car park
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Fukaguratei

restaurant
414 184 453*03
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Oginoshima Kayabuki Loop Village

sightseeing
414 090 440*55
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Hoshitoge Rice Terraces

sightseeing
298 138 507*55
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Kadoide Washi

sightseeing
298 358 683*85
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Bijinbayashi Forest

sightseeing
298 059 619*36
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Ehonto Kinomi Museum

sightseeing
253 698 109*30
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Echigo Tsumari Satoyama Museum of contemporary art KINARE

sightseeing
140 181 260*87
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Kojimaya Honten

restaurant
140 151 682*48
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Uobei

restaurant
32 759 490*41
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Shusekian

restaurant
190 251 180*36
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No name observatory(Yahiko)

sightseeing
190 127 032*25
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Cafe Winds&Banana Winds

restaurant
190 004 151*55
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Roadside Station Nagaoka

public_facility
58 126 235
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Aoshima Shokudo

restaurant
MC:58 011 247*66
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Ealy Cafe

restaurant
414 271 766*46
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Uonuma Skyine Hakkatoge observatory

sightseeing
253 594 531*73
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Uonuma Skyline Muikamachi observatory

sightseeing
253 564 658*03
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Uonuma Skyline Gokoku Kannon observatory

sightseeing
253 502 525*02
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Uonuma Skyline Uonuma Observatory

sightseeing
253 348 057*76
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Uonuma Skyline Tokamachi Observatory

sightseeing
253 471 199*84
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Nippon Rent a Car Niigata Bantai

rental_car
32 877 520*46
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Nippon Rent a Car Niigata Station Shinkansen Exit

rental_car
32 847 745*24
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Nippon Rent a Car Niigata Airport

rental_car
524 103 266*62
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Day. 1Niigata to Niigata
This is a day trip itinerary for two consecutive stays in Niigata city. You can relax on this day because mileage is less than 100km. If you travel with children, let's enjoy rice clacker making experience at "Niigata Rice Cracker Kingdom(新潟せんべい王国)". For travelers who are interested in history and culture, "Northern Culture Museum(北方文化博物館)" huge traditional house with an amazing garden is worth visiting. Tsubame Sanjo city, world-famous for metal products is also unique. The "SUWADA OPEN FACTORY" is worth visiting and "Roadside Station TsubameSanjo Regional Products Center(道の駅 燕三条地場センター)" is the best place to buy the best quality cutleries. The best highlight on this day is "Mt.Yahikoyama(弥彦山)" and around. From the top of Mt.Yahikoyama, you can see breathtaking scenery for both Niigata plain side and seaside. It is also a good idea to see the sunset too. Along this day's route, there are many spots where are famous for flowers like cherry blossom, rape blossom, tulips, Sunflowers, and autumn colored leaves. Only the spots which are in good timing to visit during your travel will appear. If you find these seasonal spots on your map, it is recommended to visit.
Rent a car at Niigata
If you want to rent or return your car in Niigata, below branches are recommended. Please choose the one which is suitable for your itinerary. [1]Niigata Bandai branch-新潟万代営業所 There are two branch near Niigata Station. If you stay northside(Bandai-Exit(万代口)) of Niigata station, this branch is recommended. It is located 500m away from Niigata Station. [2]Niigata Station Shinkansen branch-新潟新幹線口 営業所 There are two branch near Niigata Station. If you stay southside(Shinkansen-Exit(新幹線口)) of Niigata station, this branch is recommended. It is located 200m away from Niigata Station. [3]Niigata Airport branch-新潟空港営業所 If you want to rent or return your car at Niigata Airport(KIJ), this "Niigata Airport" branch is recommended regardless of whether you take international flight or doemstic flight. From / to Niigata airport terminal, rental car company provides free shuttle bus. Normally, it takes 1-2min only. Niigata Airpot is located about 6km away from Niigata Station.
Stay at Niigata
On this day, you will stay in Niigata(新潟) city, which is the prefectural capital of Niigata prefecture. Many inns are concentrated in the following two areas. [1] Around Niigata Station [2] Furumachi(古町) located 1.5km northwest of Niigata Station, westside of Bandai Bridge(萬代橋) Most of the accommodations in this city are not Japanese style Ryokans but western-style hotels. As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your hotels with breakfast only or without meals. Please note that few inns have their own parking lots, and in addition to the accommodation fee, the parking lot fee will be charged separately or you will be instructed to park in a public parking lot. If you want to stay at a more luxurious inn or enjoy a hot spring, we recommend the "Yahiko Onsen" area. It is also convenient to visit Mt.Yahiko and Yahiko Shrine. It takes about 40km and 50 minutes to reach Niigata City.
Day. 2Niigata to Yuzawa/Minakami
This day will head from Echigoyuzawa or Minakami to Niigata city. Mileage is about 170km and it is recommended to depart at 8:00~9:00 if you don't like hurried travel. If you haven't visited "Kiyotsukyo Gorge Tunnel(清津峡渓谷トンネル)" it is highly recommended to visit first. After there, it is nice to drive a very scenic road called Uonuma skyline. You can take photos at the several observatories along the road. Around the middle of this day, there are some spots where are famous for their flowers or autumn-colored leaves. Only the spots which are in good timing to visit during your travel will appear. If you find these seasonal spots on your map, it is recommended to visit. In the latter half of the day, there are two areas which you should visit. One is Tsubame Sanjo cities, world-famous for metal products. The "SUWADA OPEN FACTORY" is worth to visit and "Roadside Station TsubameSanjo Regional Products Center(道の駅 燕三条地場センター)" is the best place to buy the best quality cutleries. Another recommended area is the Yahiko area. From "Mt.Yahikoyama(弥彦山)" you can see breathtaking scenery for both Niigata plain side and seaside. It is also a good idea to see the sunset too. The driving distance is long for this day. To save your time, it is recommended to take the expressway if the car navigation guides it to take.
Stay at Yuzawa/Minakami
On this day, you will stay at either Yuzawa(湯沢) or Minakami Onsen(水上温泉). Two cities are about 30 km away and take 30min by expressway E17(Kanetsu). Please note that if you try to drive a normal road (National Route 17) instead of the expressway E17, it is about 50km and takes more than an hour and a half. Yuzawa is on the north side and Minakami Onsen is on the south side. Both are nationally famous for snow resort with Onsen and there are both Japanese style Ryokan and western-style hotels. [Yuzawa] Yuzawa has various style accommodations from 3-5 stars. If you stay at 4-5 star luxury accommodations, it is recommended to book with a plan with dinner and breakfast. There are some Izakaya style restaurant on the west side of EchigoYuzawa station, so if you want to stay reasonable inn, it is recommended to book the inn around the station without dinner. [Minakami Onsen] Most of the accommodations in Minakami Onsen are 4-5 star Ryokans with hot springs. They will provide Onsen and nice Japanese Kaiseki style dinners. Restaurants and shops in the city close evening and you must book a plan with dinner and breakfast. Unlike Yuzawa, the inns in Minakami are widely dispersed and there are no restaurants or shops around, so be sure to make a reservation with a plan that includes dinner and breakfast. Most inns have official free parking.
Day. 3Yuzawa/Minakami to Niigata
This day will head from Echigoyuzawa or Minakami to Niigata city. Mileage is about 170km and it is recommended to depart at 8:00~9:00 if you don't like hurried travel. If you haven't visited "Kiyotsukyo Gorge Tunnel(清津峡渓谷トンネル)" it is highly recommended to visit first. After there, it is nice to drive a very scenic road called Uonuma skyline. You can take photos at the several observatories along the road. Around the middle of this day, there are some spots where are famous for their flowers or autumn-colored leaves. Only the spots which are in good timing to visit during your travel will appear. If you find these seasonal spots on your map, it is recommended to visit. In the latter half of the day, there are two areas which you should visit. One is Tsubame Sanjo cities, world-famous for metal products. The "SUWADA OPEN FACTORY" is worth to visit and "Roadside Station TsubameSanjo Regional Products Center(道の駅 燕三条地場センター)" is the best place to buy the best quality cutleries. Another recommended area is the Yahiko area. From "Mt.Yahikoyama(弥彦山)" you can see breathtaking scenery for both Niigata plain side and seaside. It is also a good idea to see the sunset too. The driving distance is long for this day. To save your time, it is recommended to take the expressway if the car navigation guides it to take.
Return a car at Niigata
If you want to rent or return your car in Niigata, below branches are recommended. Please choose the one which is suitable for your itinerary. [1]Niigata Bandai branch-新潟万代営業所 There are two branch near Niigata Station. If you stay northside(Bandai-Exit(万代口)) of Niigata station, this branch is recommended. It is located 500m away from Niigata Station. [2]Niigata Station Shinkansen branch-新潟新幹線口 営業所 There are two branch near Niigata Station. If you stay southside(Shinkansen-Exit(新幹線口)) of Niigata station, this branch is recommended. It is located 200m away from Niigata Station. [3]Niigata Airport branch-新潟空港営業所 If you want to rent or return your car at Niigata Airport(KIJ), this "Niigata Airport" branch is recommended regardless of whether you take international flight or doemstic flight. From / to Niigata airport terminal, rental car company provides free shuttle bus. Normally, it takes 1-2min only. Niigata Airpot is located about 6km away from Niigata Station.

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