Hokuriku Shin-Etsu / Chubu

Visiting Ramen Noodle Kingdom and Learning Echigo’s History and Tradition

A touring course is introduced to view and appreciate wood carving figures in the Iyahiko-jinja shrine and the Saifuku-ji temple which was esteemed as Echigo’s Tosho-gu shrine, look and feel craftsmen’s works in Tsubame and Sanjo Cities which are famous as hardware towns and purchase local specialties of dishes and other metal products!

Visiting Ramen Noodle Kingdom and Learning Echigo’s History and Tradition

Complete Process :One night and two days
Tokyo Station
Travel Time:About 123 min

TrainTrain:About 123 min

Tsubame-Sanjo Station
Travel Time:About 10 min

WalkWalk:About 10 min

Tsubame-Sanjo Ramen Kingdompic
Enjoy the Ramen locally available.
Travel Time:About 62 min

WalkWalk:About 10 min

TrainTrain:About 32 min

WalkWalk:About 20 min

Iyahiko-jinja Shrinepic
Travel Time:About 10 min

CarCar:About 10 min

Iwamuro-onsenpic
inn Iwamuro-onsen
Travel Time:About 10 min

CarCar:About 10 min

Yahiko Station
Travel Time:About 47 min

TrainTrain:About 47 min

Tsubame-Sanjo Station
Travel Time:About 5 min

WalkWalk:About 5 min

TsubameSanjo Regional Industries Promotion Centerpic
Travel Time:About 38 min

WalkWalk:About 5 min

TrainTrain:About 23 min

CarCar:About 10 min

Saifuku-ji Templepic
Appreciate crafts of Ishikawa Uncho.
Travel Time:About 10 min

CarCar:About 10 min

Hosa Station
Travel Time:About 97 min

TrainTrain:About 97 min

Tokyo Station

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Introduction to Spots
Tsubame-Sanjo Ramen Kingdom
Tsubame ramen’s characteristics are that the ramen is served with new richly flavored soup cooked and boiled with pork back fat added, and filling noodles.
Sanjo’s local specialty is curry ramen noodles. Individual curry ramen shops add their original curry roux to their soup, and serve their curry ramen noodles in a variety of types, including noodle soup, noodles-in-broth, cold noodle, dipping noodle, and pork back fat types. Their flavors and forms are quite different from each other, and you can find and enjoy as many curry ramen noodles as there are curry ramen shops in Sanjo.
・URL:http://www.made-in-tsubame.jp/ra-men/ (Japanese)
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・Location: Sanjo and Tsubame Cities, Niigata Prefecture, Japan
Iyahiko-jinja Shrine
The Iyahiko-jinja shrine is located at the foot of Mt. Yahiko (whose height is 634 m above the sea level), and has been intimately called as “Oyahiko-sama” since a long time ago by many people. It is said that the shrine was worshiped very much by past Japanese emperors, as well as Minamoto no Yoritomo, Uesugi Kenshin and other sengoku busho (meaning past military commanders of Japan’s past warring states period in Japanese), and Tokugawa Shogun. The shrine is also known as a spiritual place where mystical energy is thought to be flowing through (which is called a “power spot” in Japan).
The Mt. Yahiko aerial tramway is in place for visitors to go to and fro the top of Mt. Yahiko. You can enjoy the Echigo Plain’s splendid views while riding on the aerial tramway’s gondola, and can enjoy panoramic views of the plain from a panorama tower at the top of Mt. Yahiko.
・ Yahiko Tourist Association Website URL: http://www.e-yahiko.com/ (Japanese, English,
Chinese, Russian, Korean)
・ Mt. Yahiko Aerial Tramway Website URL: http://www.hotel-juraku.co.jp/yahiko/
(Japanese)
・Location: Yahiko Village, Nishikanbara District, Niigata Prefecture, Japan
Iwamuro-onsen
A folk tale called “Reigan-no-yu” tells that the Iwamuro-onsen hot spring was opened when people found that wild geese got into the hot spring and healed their injuries. The hot spring has a history of more than 300 years, and is located along the old Hokkoku-kaido road.
・Website URL: http://www.iwamurokankou.com/ (Japanese)
TsubameSanjo Regional Industries Promotion Center
The TsubameSanjo Regional Industries Promotion Center not only sells TsubameSanjo’s local specialties such as Western tableware and metal ware, but also provides opportunities for its visitors to see how they are actually used and experience how to polish kitchen knives. Plates and utensils, which are TsubameSanjo’s local specialties, are used in a restaurant adjacent to the center, and you can actually touch those plates and utensils. TsubameSanjo’s local specialties such as Sanjo’s traditional Japanese kitchen knives, Western tableware, hand-hammered copperware, and Echigo’s local sake and famous Japanese confections are sold.
・Website URL: http://www.tsjiba.or.jp/ (Japanese)
・Location: Sanjo City, Niigata Prefecture, Japan
Saifuku-ji Temple
ISHIKAWA, Uncho is a master craftsman of Bakumatsu (the late Tokugawa shogunate) and is acclaimed as a Japanese Michelangelo. Several of his works such as carvings, paintings, and stucco works are displayed inside the Kaisando hall as well as on a roof built over steps leading to the Kaisando hall (which is called kohai in Japan), and the temple is called as Echigo’s Tosho-gu shrine.
・Website URL:http://www.saifukuji-k.com/ (Japanese)
・Location: Uonuma City, Niigata Prefecture, Japan