Trip with a Rent a Car in Niigata pref: Journey around popular spots in the Joetsu region

Outdoor Activities History Entertainment Culture Experience Beautiful Scenery
6,325 JPY ~ / person
About 8 hours
Language: English

What we'll do

How would you like to experience the history and nature of Joetsu?
Naena Falls is said to have such a thundering roar that it even shakes the ground. In the summer, you can enjoy a variety of beautiful gorges with new green leaves.
It boasts as having the largest scale of anywhere in Japan, and there are facilities such as a history museum and a grassy plaza inside the Takada Koen Park, making it a perfect place to rest while on your trip.
The Kasugayamajo Castle Ruins is a must-see spot that has even been designated a national historic landmark. A great time to take a photo is when you're overlooking the wondrous mountains that can clearly be seen from the castle tower platform.
Joetsu Aquarium Umigatari is Joetsu's well known aquarium. They boast of the most Magellanic penguins bred in Japan that you can see up close, allowing you to take your time while viewing their expressions and gestures.

Meeting Place

We can meet here, at the TOYOTA Rent a Car Niigata Airport Shop.
The reception counter is in the center of Niigata Airport Terminal. 2-minute drive in courtesy vehicle. 10-minute drive from Niigata Airport Interchange on the expressway.
The type of car we rent and the rental fee will depend on the number of people participating in the tour.
*One-way: Available inside / outside the prefecture


Price per person
6,325 JPY ~ / person
Max participants
Up to 4 people
Hosted in English
Things you need to know before the tour

Things you'll need:
-Money to buy lunch
-Transportation fees to get you to the meeting place


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    Naena Falls

    Naena Falls is a waterfall spot that can be found on the border to neighboring prefecture Nagano, in Myoko, a southern part of Niigata. With a 180ft (55m) drop from its cliff, the crashing water from Naena Falls is quite the spectacle, with all year viewing possible and a different atmosphere for each season. For example, during autumn, the surrounding vibrant foliage puts the full beauty of nature on display and, during the winter, the snow and ice give the area a stunning white sheen. During the hot Japanese summer, Naena Falls and the surrounding area is the perfect place to cool off and enjoy yourself!

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    Takada Koen Park

    Famous as one of Japan’s top three night time sakura viewing spots, Takada Park contains over 4,000 trees which bloom in the spring. The contrast between the cherry blossoms and Takada Castle is a highlight point. Many events take place here during the sakura viewing season, including evening fireworks and mikoshi (portable shrine) parades. In the summer, lotus flowers bloom throughout the castle’s outer moat during the Joetsu Lotus Festival. In autumn, the park becomes a wonderful spot for viewing the fall colors, and in the winter its snowly landscapes are simply magical. All in all, Takada Park is beautiful during each of the four seasons. It’s also an important activity and relaxation spot for locals, with facilities like a museum, library, track field, baseball field, tennis courts, and the Takada Castle Tri-Towers.

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    Kasugayamajo Castle Ruins

    Kasugayamajo Castle Ruins are known as the residence of the great warlord in the Sengoku period (1467-1590: period of warring states), Uesugi Kenshin. It is counted as one of Japan's Top 100 Castles and is a National Historic Site. Kasugayama Castle was solidly built utilizing complicated natural terrain and was said to be an impregnable ancient world castle. Many dry moats and mounds remain even now, and you can see the Japan Sea and Kubiki Plains as well as mountains around it all at once from the ruins at the center of the castle, which is located at approximately 180m above sea level.

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    Joetsu Aquarium Umigatari

    Joetsu Aquarium Umigatari is an aquarium in Niigata Prefecture. Among the many aquariums in Japan, this one is special for its focus on fish and sea animals from the Sea of Japan. The Sea of Japan is the ocean to the west of Japan's main peninsula and the one that Niigata borders on. In addition to allowing you to experience the local sea life from up close, the aquarium also offers a dolphin show against the picturesque backdrop of the ocean in the background.

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