Japan Drive Route Guide

Area
Northern Honshu(Tohoku)
Travel Period
4D3N
Route
207
Overview
Start
Niigata
Goal
Niigata
Way
return_trip
Travel Pace
relaxing
Distance
530 km
Rank
Highway fee
¥ 350
About this route
4 days 3 nights driving route which you can drive from Niigata city to historical castle town AizuWakamatsu and Yonezawa. The driving distance is about 580km for 4days and you can drive along the coast of sea of Japan, very scenic mountain road, old towns and so on. If you like Onsen, you can stay Japanese style Ryokan with onsen on day1 and day2. The highlight of this route is "Mt.Yahikoyama", "AizuWakamatsu city" with its long history and many attractions, breathtaking beautiful "Goshikinuma ponds" and so on. And on day 3rd, you can enjoy driving on "Bandai-Azuma Skyline road(Route70)" from AizuWakamatsu to Yonezawa, which is considered one of the best scenic driving routes in the whole of Japan. Recommended food are fresh seafood around Niigata City, Kitakata Ramen, Horse meat in Aizu-Wakamatsu, Yonezawa beef considered one of the three most famous beef brands in Japan, and salmon dishes in Murakami town. Another feature of this route is that you can visit so many flowers of various seasons and autumn foliage. In spring, you can enjoy tulips, rape blossoms, and Iris. There are also many amazing cherry blossom spots too. In summer, you can enjoy sunflowers and lilies. And in autumn, you can enjoy dahlia and amazing autumn colored leaves at many sightseeing spots. This route is really recommended for those who are looking for flowers. Our daily driving map will recommend you only the spots where is the best timing to visit. In winter, swans can be seen and seafood is the most delicious. However, please note that the Bandai-Azuma Skyline road is closed for the winter and cannot drive from mid-November to early April.

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
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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 view spot(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 Bandai

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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AizuWakamatsu

sightseeing
MC:Check Description
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Northern Culture Museum

sightseeing
32 588 292
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Shogunsugi giant cedar tree

sightseeing
463 493 079*86
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Kitakata town parking

public_facility
MC:97 825 649*67
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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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Roadside Station Aganosato

public_facility
463 547 185
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Shogunsugi giant cedar tree

sightseeing
463 493 079*86
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Mikawa Tourism Mushroom Farm

restaurant
463 465 894*84
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Shikimeguri Observatory Tennyono Hanaikada

sightseeing
463 446 190*74
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Niigata Rice Cracker Kingdom

sightseeing
524 050 151*10
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Niigata Chuo Wholesale Market

restaurant
32 765 829*53
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Nippon Rent a Car Niigata Bandai

rental_car
32 877 520*46
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Pia Bandai

sightseeing
524 007 444*61
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Garden Cafe Ichishima

restaurant
157 370 813*44
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Kanda Farm Milk Passport

sightseeing
32 329 355*17
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Kawara Terrace

restaurant
32 418 805*61
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Y&Y GARDEN

restaurant
32 417 081*63
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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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Sannokura Highland Flower Farm

sightseeing
674 299 463
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Roadside Station Kitanosato

public_facility
413 690 626*83
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Nicchu Line Weeping Cherry Blossom

sightseeing
97 854 132*88
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Abe Shokudo

restaurant
97 855 037*70
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Bannai Shokudo

restaurant
Check Description
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Genraiken

restaurant
97 824 237*62
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Tsuki to Ohisama

restaurant
97 824 742*02
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Yamatogawa Sake Brewery

sightseeing
97 824 805*81
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Wakaki Shoten

sightseeing
97 824 569*26
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Kirinoko Ningyokan

sightseeing
97 824 224*25
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Takino Wappa Meshi

restaurant
97 292 183*67
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Tsurugaoka Saryo

sightseeing
97 262 545*74
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AizuWakamatsu

sightseeing
MC:Check Description
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Yonezawa

sightseeing
515 268 700
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Nisshinkan(Samurai School)

sightseeing
MC:97 503 346*81
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Goshikinuma pond

sightseeing
413 533 665*34
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Mt.Azuma Kofuji & Jododaira Visitor Center

sightseeing
475 181 390
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Hanamiyama Park

sightseeing
475 299 161*82
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Bandai Azuma Skyline road observatory

sightseeing
475 274 286
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Tengu no Niwa

sightseeing
475 243 669
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Mt.Azuma Kofuji & Jododaira Visitor Center

sightseeing
475 181 390
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Kunimidai Observatory

sightseeing
937 014 353
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Nakatsugawa Valley

sightseeing
377 873 780*26
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Sanko Paradice

sightseeing
937 000 721
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Ryofu Pass

sightseeing
413 628 093
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Moto Coffee

restaurant
413 655 341*56
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Nakasenuma Pond Walking Tail

sightseeing
413 624 841
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Morohashi Museum of Modern Art

sightseeing
413 566 055
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Goshikinuma pond

sightseeing
413 533 665*34
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Lake Hibara

sightseeing
413 533 813*02
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Suiho

restaurant
413 565 758*57
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Il Regalo

restaurant
413 566 452*46
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Maboroshinotaki Falls

sightseeing
413 380 167*74
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Sankodai Observatory

sightseeing
413 319 836
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Inawashiro Herb Garden

sightseeing
377 423 692
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Kannonji River Cherry Trees

sightseeing
377 422 323*63
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Noguchi Hideyo Memorial Museum

sightseeing
413 114 879*60
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den en cafe

restaurant
413 143 080*78
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Bandai Minamigaoka Farm

sightseeing
413 109 898
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Roadside Station Kitanosato

public_facility
413 690 626*83
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Uesugi Shrine

sightseeing
515 268 700
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Onariyama Park

sightseeing
515 264 373
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Meetpia

restaurant
515 298 229*13
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Azumaken

restaurant
827 119 352*63
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Tengendai Highland Ropeway

sightseeing
937 360 638*25
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Yonezawa Beef Tokiwa

restaurant
515 298 854*54
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Yonezawa

sightseeing
515 268 700
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Niigata

rental_car
32 877 520*46
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Roadside Station Iide

public_facility
515 674 707*45
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Watanabetei Residence

sightseeing
250 023 394
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Sennensake Kikkawa

sightseeing
250 492 504*36
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Iyoboya Kaikan(Salmon Museum)

sightseeing
250 492 871
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Sennensake Kikkawa

sightseeing
250 492 504*36
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Shintaku

restaurant
250 492 650*60
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Takanosu Bridge

sightseeing
829 852 153
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Watanabetei Residence

sightseeing
250 023 394
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Toukeien

restaurant
250 023 394
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Ijimino Park Iris Garden

sightseeing
157 373 395
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Shimizuen Garden

sightseeing
157 369 833*17
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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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Niigata Rice Cracker Kingdom

sightseeing
524 050 151*10
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La Trattoria Estorto

restaurant
524 020 601*10
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CoCoLo Niigata

sightseeing
32 878 031*24
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Cafe Motokojiya

restaurant
250 168 687*04
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Shibata Castle

sightseeing
157 429 094*44
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Nora Cucina

restaurant
32 896 434*05
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The Garden Hhouse Ikarashi

restaurant
463 871 143*45
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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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Ashira

restaurant
250 068 057*58
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Uobei

restaurant
32 759 490*41
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Nippon Rent a Car Niigata Bandai

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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Akashibakyo Gorge

sightseeing
555 550 631
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Roadside Station Shiroimori Oguni

public_facility
555 553 362
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Marudai Ogiya

sightseeing
127 664 831*43
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Nagai Ayame Park

sightseeing
127 694 704*76
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Mogami River Cherry blossom

sightseeing
127 665 588*08
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Matsugaike Park(Shirotsutsuji Park)

sightseeing
127 635 885*34
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Iide Dondendaira Lily Garden

sightseeing
515 822 538*25
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Farmhouse Restaurant Erbe

restaurant
515 824 105*52
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Roadside Station Iide

public_facility
515 674 707*45
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Kawanishi Dariya Garden

sightseeing
127 274 880*40
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Lake Shirakawa

sightseeing
515 333 194*73
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Eboshiyama Park

sightseeing
127 470 730*62
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Kumano Taisha Shrine

sightseeing
127 587 001
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Takahata Winery

sightseeing
127 228 701*66
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Uesugi Shrine

sightseeing
515 268 700
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Toko Sake Museum

sightseeing
515 268 297*03
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Fruit Shop Kiyoka

restaurant
515 299 751*42
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Araiya

restaurant
515 299 034*86
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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 AizuWakamatsu
This day will head from Niigata to AizuWakamatsu city. Mileage is about 110km. But if you want to visit the "Mt.Yahikoyama(弥彦山)" area or you want to keep enough time for Kitakata town, it is recommended to depart by 9:00. The first destination is "Northern Culture Museum(北方文化博物館)" huge traditional house with an amazing garden. On the way from Niigata to AizuWakamatsu, you can stop by some hidden gems such as "Shogunsugi giant cedar tree(将軍杉)". If you like ramen, it is highly recommended to have lunch at "Kitakata town(喜多方)" where is nationally famous for their soy source based Kitakata Ramen. Today's destination "AizuWakamatsu(会津若松) city" is a historical castle town and the most recommended spot on this day. There are many nice spots like traditional houses, a Sake brewery, a Japanese garden, and AizuWakamatsu castle. It is highly recommended to reach AizuWakamatsu city at least 15:00. Along this day's route, there are many spots where are famous for flowers like cherry blossom, turnips, 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.
Stay at AizuWakamatsu
Day. 3AizuWakamatsu to Yonezawa
This day will head from AizuWakamatsu to Yonezawa city. Mileage is about 160km and it is recommended to depart 8:00~9:00 if you don't like hurried travel. If there are spots in Aizuwakamatsu that you've been meaning to visit but haven't yet, please visit first. After that, Samurai School "Nisshinkan(會津藩校日新館)" is a unique spot. You can learn how strict Samurai children's life was. The best highlight of this day is "Goshikinuma ponds(五色沼)". There are walking trails through many beautiful color ponds and you must be amazed. There are some more spots where you can enjoy walking around Goshikinuma ponds and these are also recommended. This day's destination Yonezawa located northern side. However, we highly recommend heading east to enjoy driving along "Bandai Azuma Skyline" which is one of the most scenic driving roads in the whole of Japan. You can also enjoy short climbing at "Mt.Azuma Kofuji(吾妻小富士)". It is still about 45km from the endpoint of Bandai Azuma Skyline road to Yonezawa city. Please take expressway E13(Tohoku-chuo) to Yonezawa city. Enjoy Yonezawa before dinner which is considered one of the generally recognized three most famous beef brands in Japan, along with Kobe beef and Matsusaka beef. Along this day's route, there are nice spots for cherry blossom 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.
Stay at Yonezawa
Day. 4Yonezawa to Niigata
This day will head from Yonezawa to Niigata city. Mileage is about 160km and it is recommended to depart 8:00~9:00 if you don't like hurried travel. Recommended spots for this day depend on seasons. You can enjoy flowers like cherry blossom, rape blossom, Iris, Lily, Dariya and Swans, Autumn colored leave, and submerged forest. 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. There is "Watanabetei Residence(渡邉邸)" huge traditional house with a gorgeous garden that most of the local people in Niigata don't know about because of its inconvenient location. It is on the way to Niigata and worth stopping by. 20km after Watanabetei Residence, you can reach Murakami town which is famous for its salmon. "Sennensake Kikkawa(千年鮭きっかわ)" is a beautiful shop that sells processed salmon. You will be surprised to see hundreds of hanging salmon and can understand their rich culture with salmon. It is highly recommended to have a salmon lunch. It is still more than 50km from Murakami town to Niigata city. It is recommended to take expressway E7(Nihonkai Tohoku) to save time. There are many restaurant options for dinner in Niigata and most restaurants are open late.
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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Route numberStart cityGoal cityWayTravel PaceDistanceRankHighway feeDetail
204NiigataNiigatareturn_triprelaxing570 km¥ 2,800check
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