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Yahiko Shrine

Located at the centre of Echigo Plain, Mt. Yahiko towers over all that surround it. At its foot, you can find Yahiko Shrine, a place believed to be a power spot. The shrine is dedicated to the ancestor-g...

Enkikan

A part of the residence belonging to Saitou Kijuurou, a merchant who was active from the Meiji era and into the Showa era, it has been opened to the public for free. For a fee of 300 yen, you can have a taste o...

Shimizuen

A promenade garden by landscape gardener Tanaka Taiami. It’s a beautiful Japanese garden featuring an arrangement of stones brought all the way from Kyoto and five tearooms that appear to blend seamlessly i...

Houkouji

Shibata’s Houkouji is a Zen temple of the Soto school. The trailing branches of its cherry tree, said to be 380 years old, are a particular highlight. A good time to come visit is early April.   Basic...

Shugetsuji

Shugetsuji, with its main temple building constructed in the architectural style of the Soto school (a sect of Zen Buddhism) that is representative of Niigata prefecture, can be found in a quiet valley surr...

Untouan

A retreat at which Uesugi Kagekatsu and Naoe Kanetugu, military commanders of Echigo, both studied in their youth. It’s said that beneath the paving stones lining the path leading up to the temple, extendin...
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Kasugayama Shrine

A shrine dedicated to Lord Uesugi Kenshin. From Kasugayama Shrine, you can wander all the way to the ruins of Uesugi Kenshin’s Kasugayama Castle. Kasugayama Castle was said to be impregnable, a castle like...
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Kumano Shrine & Seven Cedars

Kumano Shrine & Seven Cedars If you drive around the countryside of Japan, you will sometimes come across this kind of small shrine standing alone in the middle of the field. And I always got drawn into ...