Northward Golden Route

About Northward golden route

The Northward Golden Route covers Saitama, Niigata, and Gunma prefectures. The name "Northward Golden Route" is inspired by "Golden Route" which is a very famous travel route from Tokyo to Osaka via Kyoto. The Golden Route is popular for a first timer but the Northward Golden Route is recommended for repeater travelers. Northward Golden Route travels from Tokyo to Niigata Prefecture via Saitama and Gunma Prefecture. Most foreign tourists don't know this area and fewer people know about this route. You can enjoy driving deeper in Japan by self-drive travel along this Northward Golden Route. If you enjoy nature, history, and hot springs, you might want to consider this route as an interesting way to explore these prefectures near Tokyo. You can visit the prefecture Saitama, which is known for its flowers in the spring, and Kawagoe City. Gunma is another prefecture along this route that makes for a great stop. In Gunma you can visit onsens like "Ikaho onsen". You can also drive through one of the most scenic routes in Japan called Shiga Kusatsu. If you want to drive to Niigata, you will enjoy the beautiful sunset of the Sea of Japan. You can also enjoy high-quality rice, fresh seafood, and some great spots for Japanese Sake.

About Drive Japan

If you already travelled to the country side of Japan, we are ready to bet that you had some bad experience with the not-so-convenient public transportation. Not many buses or trains operating at inconvenient times, expensive taxis, lack of accessibility to many spots, weight of the luggage and so on… You probably even can remember telling yourself “Next time I rent a car!”. These are the exact reasons why we created Drive Japan. On our website, you just need to enter your travel period. Regarding the number of days you plan on travelling, we then provide you with the best driving routes. We communicate on the best places to visit, some hidden gems spots, the best traditional restaurants etc… Of course, we also thought about a multitude of additional information such as the seasonal impact on flowers, the mileage between spots or towns, the closest parking for each spot… With Drive Japan be sure that you can travel in a stress-free and immersive manner. How does it work? Once you choose the most convenient route for you, we help you to find the best hotels near the places you want to visit. Then we propose you the best deal to book a car thanks to our partners. Once everything is booked, we send you all the MAPCODES. These codes are mostly the exact location of the closest parking near the spot you want to visit. All there is left to do, is to enter it in your GPS and drive! If you believe that Drive Japan can be a viable opportunity for your future journey in Moyazaki, you can get all the information you need by watching our short YouTube video!
Period(Night Days)
4days3night
Travel Pace
busy
Distance
570 km
Rank

Niigata

rental_car
32 877 520*46
Location Guide Page

Teradomari Street Market (Sakana no Ameyoko)

sightseeing
58 812 295*21
Location Guide Page

Naena Falls

sightseeing
469 047 422
Location Guide Page

Togakushi Shrine Okusha(Main Shrine) Avenue of cedar trees

sightseeing
1 004 009 265*36
Location Guide Page

Nagano/Myoko

sightseeing
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Obuse Town

public_facility
MC:Check Description
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Jigokudani Monkey Park

sightseeing
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Yugama

sightseeing
341 499 184
Location Guide Page

Kusatsu

public_facility
341 446 176*72
Location Guide Page

Mt.Asama magma stone park(Onioshidashi Volcanic Park)

sightseeing
737 064 896
Location Guide Page

Karuizawa Lake Garden

sightseeing
292 464 474*42
Location Guide Page

Tomioka Silk Mill

sightseeing
Check Description
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Chichibu/Nagatoro

sightseeing
150 612 715*63
Location Guide Page

Mitsumine Shrine

sightseeing
534 322 159
Location Guide Page

Komatsuzawa Leisure Farm

sightseeing
150 224 393*55
Location Guide Page

Kawagoe Town

sightseeing
Check description
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Period(Night Days)
5days4night
Travel Pace
normal
Distance
600 km
Rank

Niigata

rental_car
32 877 520*46
Location Guide Page

Teradomari Street Market (Sakana no Ameyoko)

sightseeing
58 812 295*21
Location Guide Page

Naena Falls

sightseeing
469 047 422
Location Guide Page

Togakushi Shrine Okusha(Main Shrine) Avenue of cedar trees

sightseeing
1 004 009 265*36
Location Guide Page

Nagano/Myoko

sightseeing
Check Description
Location Guide Page

Obuse Town

public_facility
MC:Check Description
Location Guide Page

Jigokudani Monkey Park

sightseeing
Check Description
Location Guide Page

Yugama

sightseeing
341 499 184
Location Guide Page

Kusatsu

public_facility
341 446 176*72
Location Guide Page

Aisai no Oka hill

sightseeing
341 010 219*87
Location Guide Page

Mt.Asama magma stone park(Onioshidashi Volcanic Park)

sightseeing
737 064 896
Location Guide Page

Shiraito Waterfalls(Karuizawa)

sightseeing
292 851 679
Location Guide Page

Karuizawa

sightseeing
292 616 606*11
Location Guide Page

Kyukaruizawa Ginza Street

sightseeing
292 676 492*30
Location Guide Page

Karuizawa Lake Garden

sightseeing
292 464 474*42
Location Guide Page

Tomioka Silk Mill

sightseeing
Check Description
Location Guide Page

Chichibu/Nagatoro

sightseeing
150 612 715*63
Location Guide Page

Mitsumine Shrine

sightseeing
534 322 159
Location Guide Page

Komatsuzawa Leisure Farm

sightseeing
150 224 393*55
Location Guide Page

Kawagoe Town

sightseeing
Check description
Location Guide Page
Period(Night Days)
4days3night
Travel Pace
busy
Distance
670 km
Rank

Tokyo

rental_car
164 764*87
Location Guide Page

Kawagoe Town

sightseeing
Check description
Location Guide Page

Nagatoro Iwadatami Rocks

sightseeing
Check Description
Location Guide Page

Chichibu/Nagatoro

sightseeing
150 612 715*63
Location Guide Page

Ikaho Onsen Ishidangai

sightseeing
Check Description
Location Guide Page

Kaminoyama Park

sightseeing
94 846 450
Location Guide Page

Fukiware Waterfall

sightseeing
Check Description
Location Guide Page

Yuzawa/Minakami

sightseeing
253 081 445*08
Location Guide Page

Kiyotsukyo Gorge Tunnel

sightseeing
253 195 489*35
Location Guide Page

Jigokudani Monkey Park

sightseeing
Check Description
Location Guide Page

Yubatake (Hot Water Field)

sightseeing
341 446 623*12
Location Guide Page

Kusatsu

public_facility
341 446 176*72
Location Guide Page

Mt.Asama magma stone park(Onioshidashi Volcanic Park)

sightseeing
737 064 896
Location Guide Page

Karuizawa Lake Garden

sightseeing
292 464 474*42
Location Guide Page

Kawagoe Town

sightseeing
Check description
Location Guide Page
Period(Night Days)
4days3night
Travel Pace
busy
Distance
570 km
Rank

Tokyo

rental_car
164 764*87
Location Guide Page

Kawagoe Town

sightseeing
Check description
Location Guide Page

Nagatoro Iwadatami Rocks

sightseeing
Check Description
Location Guide Page

Chichibu/Nagatoro

sightseeing
150 612 715*63
Location Guide Page

Tomioka Silk Mill

sightseeing
Check Description
Location Guide Page

Karuizawa Lake Garden

sightseeing
292 464 474*42
Location Guide Page

Mt.Asama magma stone park(Onioshidashi Volcanic Park)

sightseeing
737 064 896
Location Guide Page

Kusatsu

public_facility
341 446 176*72
Location Guide Page

Yugama

sightseeing
341 499 184
Location Guide Page

Jigokudani Monkey Park

sightseeing
Check Description
Location Guide Page

Obuse Town

public_facility
MC:Check Description
Location Guide Page

Nagano/Myoko

sightseeing
Check Description
Location Guide Page

Zenkoji Temple

sightseeing
Check Description
Location Guide Page

Togakushi Shrine Okusha(Main Shrine) Avenue of cedar trees

sightseeing
1 004 009 265*36
Location Guide Page

Mt.Yahikoyama

sightseeing
190 127 799*31
Location Guide Page
Period(Night Days)
5days4night
Travel Pace
normal
Distance
700 km
Rank

Tokyo

rental_car
164 764*87
Location Guide Page

Kawagoe Town

sightseeing
Check description
Location Guide Page

Nagatoro Iwadatami Rocks

sightseeing
Check Description
Location Guide Page

Chichibu/Nagatoro

sightseeing
150 612 715*63
Location Guide Page

Ikaho Onsen Ishidangai

sightseeing
Check Description
Location Guide Page

Kaminoyama Park

sightseeing
94 846 450
Location Guide Page

Fukiware Waterfall

sightseeing
Check Description
Location Guide Page

Yuzawa/Minakami

sightseeing
253 081 445*08
Location Guide Page

Kiyotsukyo Gorge Tunnel

sightseeing
253 195 489*35
Location Guide Page

Jigokudani Monkey Park

sightseeing
Check Description
Location Guide Page

Yubatake (Hot Water Field)

sightseeing
341 446 623*12
Location Guide Page

Kusatsu

public_facility
341 446 176*72
Location Guide Page

Aisai no Oka hill

sightseeing
341 010 219*87
Location Guide Page

Mt.Asama magma stone park(Onioshidashi Volcanic Park)

sightseeing
737 064 896
Location Guide Page

Shiraito Waterfalls(Karuizawa)

sightseeing
292 851 679
Location Guide Page

Karuizawa

sightseeing
292 616 606*11
Location Guide Page

Karuizawa Lake Garden

sightseeing
292 464 474*42
Location Guide Page

Tomioka Silk Mill

sightseeing
Check Description
Location Guide Page

Kawagoe Town

sightseeing
Check description
Location Guide Page
Period(Night Days)
5days4night
Travel Pace
relaxing
Distance
600 km
Rank

Tokyo

rental_car
164 764*87
Location Guide Page

Kawagoe Town

sightseeing
Check description
Location Guide Page

Nagatoro Iwadatami Rocks

sightseeing
Check Description
Location Guide Page

Chichibu/Nagatoro

sightseeing
150 612 715*63
Location Guide Page

Mitsumine Shrine

sightseeing
534 322 159
Location Guide Page

Tomioka Silk Mill

sightseeing
Check Description
Location Guide Page

Karuizawa Lake Garden

sightseeing
292 464 474*42
Location Guide Page

Karuizawa

sightseeing
292 616 606*11
Location Guide Page

Kyukaruizawa Ginza Street

sightseeing
292 676 492*30
Location Guide Page

Mt.Asama magma stone park(Onioshidashi Volcanic Park)

sightseeing
737 064 896
Location Guide Page

Yubatake (Hot Water Field)

sightseeing
341 446 623*12
Location Guide Page

Kusatsu

public_facility
341 446 176*72
Location Guide Page

Yugama

sightseeing
341 499 184
Location Guide Page

Jigokudani Monkey Park

sightseeing
Check Description
Location Guide Page

Obuse Town

public_facility
MC:Check Description
Location Guide Page

Nagano/Myoko

sightseeing
Check Description
Location Guide Page

Zenkoji Temple

sightseeing
Check Description
Location Guide Page

Togakushi Shrine Okusha(Main Shrine) Avenue of cedar trees

sightseeing
1 004 009 265*36
Location Guide Page

Mt.Yahikoyama

sightseeing
190 127 799*31
Location Guide Page
Period(Night Days)
6days5night
Travel Pace
busy
Distance
970 km
Rank

Tokyo

rental_car
164 764*87
Location Guide Page

Kawagoe Town

sightseeing
Check description
Location Guide Page

Nagatoro Iwadatami Rocks

sightseeing
Check Description
Location Guide Page

Chichibu/Nagatoro

sightseeing
150 612 715*63
Location Guide Page

Ikaho Onsen Ishidangai

sightseeing
Check Description
Location Guide Page

Kaminoyama Park

sightseeing
94 846 450
Location Guide Page

Fukiware Waterfall

sightseeing
Check Description
Location Guide Page

Yuzawa/Minakami

sightseeing
253 081 445*08
Location Guide Page

Kiyotsukyo Gorge Tunnel

sightseeing
253 195 489*35
Location Guide Page

Roadside Station TsubameSanjo Regional Products Center

public_facility
58 832 556*66
Location Guide Page

Mt.Yahikoyama

sightseeing
190 127 799*31
Location Guide Page

Niigata

rental_car
32 877 520*46
Location Guide Page

Teradomari Street Market (Sakana no Ameyoko)

sightseeing
58 812 295*21
Location Guide Page

Naena Falls

sightseeing
469 047 422
Location Guide Page

Togakushi Shrine Okusha(Main Shrine) Avenue of cedar trees

sightseeing
1 004 009 265*36
Location Guide Page

Nagano/Myoko

sightseeing
Check Description
Location Guide Page

Obuse Town

public_facility
MC:Check Description
Location Guide Page

Jigokudani Monkey Park

sightseeing
Check Description
Location Guide Page

Yugama

sightseeing
341 499 184
Location Guide Page

Kusatsu

public_facility
341 446 176*72
Location Guide Page

Mt.Asama magma stone park(Onioshidashi Volcanic Park)

sightseeing
737 064 896
Location Guide Page

Karuizawa Lake Garden

sightseeing
292 464 474*42
Location Guide Page

Kawagoe Town

sightseeing
Check description
Location Guide Page
Period(Night Days)
7days6night
Travel Pace
normal
Distance
1,000 km
Rank

Tokyo

rental_car
164 764*87
Location Guide Page

Kawagoe Town

sightseeing
Check description
Location Guide Page

Nagatoro Iwadatami Rocks

sightseeing
Check Description
Location Guide Page

Chichibu/Nagatoro

sightseeing
150 612 715*63
Location Guide Page

Ikaho Onsen Ishidangai

sightseeing
Check Description
Location Guide Page

Kaminoyama Park

sightseeing
94 846 450
Location Guide Page

Fukiware Waterfall

sightseeing
Check Description
Location Guide Page

Yuzawa/Minakami

sightseeing
253 081 445*08
Location Guide Page

Kiyotsukyo Gorge Tunnel

sightseeing
253 195 489*35
Location Guide Page

Roadside Station TsubameSanjo Regional Products Center

public_facility
58 832 556*66
Location Guide Page

Mt.Yahikoyama

sightseeing
190 127 799*31
Location Guide Page

Niigata

rental_car
32 877 520*46
Location Guide Page

Teradomari Street Market (Sakana no Ameyoko)

sightseeing
58 812 295*21
Location Guide Page

Naena Falls

sightseeing
469 047 422
Location Guide Page

Togakushi Shrine Okusha(Main Shrine) Avenue of cedar trees

sightseeing
1 004 009 265*36
Location Guide Page

Nagano/Myoko

sightseeing
Check Description
Location Guide Page

Obuse Town

public_facility
MC:Check Description
Location Guide Page

Jigokudani Monkey Park

sightseeing
Check Description
Location Guide Page

Yugama

sightseeing
341 499 184
Location Guide Page

Kusatsu

public_facility
341 446 176*72
Location Guide Page

Aisai no Oka hill

sightseeing
341 010 219*87
Location Guide Page

Mt.Asama magma stone park(Onioshidashi Volcanic Park)

sightseeing
737 064 896
Location Guide Page

Shiraito Waterfalls(Karuizawa)

sightseeing
292 851 679
Location Guide Page

Karuizawa

sightseeing
292 616 606*11
Location Guide Page

Karuizawa Lake Garden

sightseeing
292 464 474*42
Location Guide Page

Tomioka Silk Mill

sightseeing
Check Description
Location Guide Page

Kawagoe Town

sightseeing
Check description
Location Guide Page
Period(Night Days)
7days6night
Travel Pace
normal
Distance
1,070 km
Rank

Tokyo

rental_car
164 764*87
Location Guide Page

Kawagoe Town

sightseeing
Check description
Location Guide Page

Nagatoro Iwadatami Rocks

sightseeing
Check Description
Location Guide Page

Chichibu/Nagatoro

sightseeing
150 612 715*63
Location Guide Page

Ikaho Onsen Ishidangai

sightseeing
Check Description
Location Guide Page

Kaminoyama Park

sightseeing
94 846 450
Location Guide Page

Fukiware Waterfall

sightseeing
Check Description
Location Guide Page

Yuzawa/Minakami

sightseeing
253 081 445*08
Location Guide Page

Kiyotsukyo Gorge Tunnel

sightseeing
253 195 489*35
Location Guide Page

Roadside Station TsubameSanjo Regional Products Center

public_facility
58 832 556*66
Location Guide Page

Mt.Yahikoyama

sightseeing
190 127 799*31
Location Guide Page

Niigata

rental_car
32 877 520*46
Location Guide Page

Northern Culture Museum

sightseeing
32 588 292
Location Guide Page

SUWADA OPEN FACTORY

sightseeing
58 532 444
Location Guide Page

Mt.Yahikoyama

sightseeing
190 127 799*31
Location Guide Page

Niigata

rental_car
32 877 520*46
Location Guide Page

Teradomari Street Market (Sakana no Ameyoko)

sightseeing
58 812 295*21
Location Guide Page

Naena Falls

sightseeing
469 047 422
Location Guide Page

Togakushi Shrine Okusha(Main Shrine) Avenue of cedar trees

sightseeing
1 004 009 265*36
Location Guide Page

Nagano/Myoko

sightseeing
Check Description
Location Guide Page

Obuse Town

public_facility
MC:Check Description
Location Guide Page

Jigokudani Monkey Park

sightseeing
Check Description
Location Guide Page

Yugama

sightseeing
341 499 184
Location Guide Page

Kusatsu

public_facility
341 446 176*72
Location Guide Page

Mt.Asama magma stone park(Onioshidashi Volcanic Park)

sightseeing
737 064 896
Location Guide Page

Karuizawa Lake Garden

sightseeing
292 464 474*42
Location Guide Page

Kawagoe Town

sightseeing
Check description
Location Guide Page