Myoko Joetsu

Day Trip

A new daily service

Daily January 1st – February 29th
BOOKING NOT REQUIRED

ADULTS: 4,000yen

CHILDREN (U12): 2,000yen

UNDER 6: FREE

The ticket allows you to ride unlimited so you can get off and visit different areas on the same day.

TimeBus Stop
10:00Akakura Onsen
10:02Akakura Kanko Resort
10:04Hotel Windsor
10:15Myoko Kogen Bus Terminal
10:50Lotte Arai resort
11:00Arai Road Station
11:15Joetsu Myoko Station (east exit)
11:25Takada Station
11:40Umigatari Aquarium
11:45Naoetsu Station
12:45Arai Road Station
13:00Joetsu Myoko Station (east exit)
13:10Takada Station
13:30Naoetsu Station
13:35Umigatari Aquarium
15:00Umigatari Aquarium
15:05Naoetsu Station
15:25Takada Station
15:35Joetsu Myoko Station (east exit)
16:05Lotte Arai resort
16:40Myoko Kogen Bus Terminal
16:51Hotel Windsor
16:53Akakura Kanko Resort
16:55Akakura Onsen

Board the daily shuttle at all major bus stops in Myoko and also Lotte Arai Resort. A great chance to explore the Joetsu area and discover some amazing shops, restaurants and culture as well as visit the brand new Umigatari aquarium in Noetsu.

STOP ONE: ARAI ROAD STATION

A great place for lunch and to buy presents for friends and family.
There are numerous restaurants here and omiyage (gift) shops which sell Japanese snacks and traditional items.

Restaurants include ramen, sushi, coffee & cake, Italian and gyudon (beef & rice bowl).

Coffee & Sandwiches
Delicious Ramen
Fresh Sushi

STOP TWO: TAKADA STATION

Many restaurants, traditional stores and cultural areas can be found around the main area outside Takada station. You can  experience Japanese tea making and calligraphy in some of the stores. There is much to explore in this area of Joetsu.

This area is also home to many culturally significant sites. You can find the oldest movie theatre in Japan called Sekai Kan (it still shows movies), as well as Ryotei Ukiyo which is a high-class restaurant that serves traditional Japanese cuisine and is over 140 years old. A great place for lunch.

Its a great idea to pick up a local area map from the train station or tourist office.

Ryotei Ukiyo
Ryotei Ukiyo - A traditional Japanese fine dining restaurant
Sekai Kan the oldest cinema in Japan
Senbei, a traditional snack
Try making Japanese tea

STOP THREE: UMIGATARI AQUARIUM​

Umigatari Joetsu Aquarium was fully rebuilt and reopened in 2018. It is now the best aquarium in Niigata and one of the few places in Japan where you can see Beluga whales and great numbers of Magellanic penguins. One of the major highlights is the Magellanic penguin area where the birds freely roam. You can even participate in feeding time! A great place for the whole family to visit on your day off from the slopes.

Umigatari situated next to the Japan sea
Beluga whales
Megellanic penguins
Feeding the penguins
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