The Best Things To Do in Nagaoka

Outside of a few main attractions, Nagaoka does not have anything unique to offer to a visitor. There is a gigantic public park, the Echigo Hillside Park, which is nice; a lovely cherry tree park, which is great in spring; and a decent aquarium. Other than these it's mostly a bunch of historical shrines closely connected to the city and the prefecture, museums and memorials dedicated to the city's history. An unexpected find is the city's museum dedicated to the damage in WWII from the Allied firebombing efforts.  If anything else is a surprise at all, it's the utterly random dude ranch and alpaca farm a little way out of the city. What an unexpected sight! Also outside the town is a sweet little confectionary workshop that actually sells you Japanese confection making tools and also the technical knowhow on using them. During winter, it snows quite heavily, so the city becomes a destination for skiers. While nightlife spots and shopping opportunities exist, they are nothing to write home about. Finally, the city has a number of hot springs and natural mineral baths, almost all of which are tied up to a hotel or another.

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Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Nagaoka, Japan

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  1. Echigo Hillside Park

    #1 of 65 Things To Do in Nagaoka
    Echigo Hillside Park

    Tags: Outdoors, Park, Play Ground, Observatory

    Address: 越後長岡丘陵公園, Japan, 〒940-2043 Niigata Prefecture, Nagaoka, 宮本東方町字三ツ又1950番1 (EchigoNagaoka hill Park, Japan, Yubinbango940-2043 Niigata Prefecture, Nagaoka, Miyamototoho-cho three-pronged 1950 No. 1)

    Timings: 09:30 am - 05:00 pm Details

    This massive hillside park has everything. Here's a quick summary of its facilities. The playground facilities include wooden structures, bounce pits, musical fountain, amphitheatre, a burnt grass scu...Read more

  2. Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto Memorial Museum

    #2 of 65 Things To Do in Nagaoka
    Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto Memorial Museum

    Tags: Museum, Memorial, War Memorial, Exhibition

    Address: 1 Chome-4-1 Gofukumachi, Nagaoka, Niigata Prefecture 940-0056, Japan

    Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    During WWII, Isoroku Yamamoto was the Japanese Marshal Admiral and the commander-in-chief of the Combined Fleet, and in charge of major offensives such as Pearl Harbour. This museum traces his life, h...Read more

  3. Ao-re Nagaoka

    #3 of 65 Things To Do in Nagaoka
    Ao-re Nagaoka

    Tags: Architecture , Heritage Building, Hall

    Address: シティホールプラザアオーレ長岡, Japan, 〒940-0062 新潟県長岡市大手通1丁目4-10 (City Hall Plaza A Ore Nagaoka, Japan, Yubinbango940-0062 Nagaoka, Niigata Prefecture Otedori 1-chome, 4-10)

    Timings: 09:30 am - 08:00 pm Details

    City halls tend to be grand looking but boring places, stately buildings where the governing is done and from where civilians usually stay away. Notso here. When constructing Ao-re, the architect Keng...Read more

  4. Teradomari Aquarium

    #4 of 65 Things To Do in Nagaoka
    Teradomari Aquarium

    Tags: Aquarium, Exhibition

    Address: Teradomarihanatate, Nagaoka, Niigata Prefecture 940-2502, Japan

    Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    About 10000 animals representing 400 exotic marine species are housed in this Museum. There are three floors. First floor: The loggerhead turtle, the marin girl migratory fish, tropical fish in ...Read more

  5. Niigata Prefectural Museum Of Modern Art

    #5 of 65 Things To Do in Nagaoka
    Niigata Prefectural Museum Of Modern Art

    Tags: Art And Culture, Art Museum, Garden, Sculpture

    Address: Japan, 〒940-2108 Niigata Prefecture, Nagaoka千秋3丁目278-14

    Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    You are greeted into this museum by eight beautiful garden sculptures outdoors. Inside, the museum has a lovely collection of art dating from the Taiko period, which is the expanded upon by collection...Read more

  6. Eguchi Dumpling Head Office

    #6 of 65 Things To Do in Nagaoka
    Eguchi Dumpling Head Office

    Tags: Specialty Shop

    Address: 52-1 Miyamotohigashikatamachi, Nagaoka, Niigata Prefecture 940-2043, Japan

    Timings: 09:00 am - 06:30 pm Details

    A 20 minute drive out of Nagaoka takes you to a curious little confectionary shop beside the highway, in a repurposed farmhouse. They basically sell and serve tea and sweetened sticky rice dumplings. ...Read more

  7. Nagaoka War Damage Exhibit Hall

    #7 of 65 Things To Do in Nagaoka
    Nagaoka War Damage Exhibit Hall

    Tags: War Memorial, Exhibition , Hall

    Address: 2 Chome-6-17 Jonaicho, Nagaoka, Niigata Prefecture 940-0061, Japan

    Timings: 09:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    It is said that the Niigata area was the third of the sites designated to be bombed by nuclear weapons after Hiroshima and Nagasaki in WWII, but the country surrendered before the plan could be carrie...Read more

  8. Kawai Tsuginosuke Memorial

    #8 of 65 Things To Do in Nagaoka
    Kawai Tsuginosuke Memorial

    Tags: Military Museum, Memorial

    Address: Japan, 〒940-0053 Niigata-ken, Nagaoka-shi, Nagachō, 1 Chome長町1丁目甲1675−1 (Japan, Yubinbango940-0053 Niigata-ken, Nagaoka-shi, Nagachō, 1 ChomeNagamachi 1-chome instep 1675-1)

    Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    This museum focuses on the life and exploits of Tsuginosuke Kawai, who was the last military commander of Nagaoka during the end of the Edo Period. He is still held in high regard here for his compass...Read more

  9. Yukyuzan Park

    #9 of 65 Things To Do in Nagaoka
    Yukyuzan Park

    Tags: Outdoors, Park, Play Ground, Walking Area

    Address: Japan, Yubinbango940-0828 Nagaoka, Niigata Prefecture Goyamacho

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    How can any decent Japanese town be complete without the obligatory cherry tree park? With 2500 trees waiting to bloom in spring, the park also provides other recreational amenities such as a pool, a ...Read more

  10. Yamakoshi Alpaca Farm

    #10 of 65 Things To Do in Nagaoka
    Yamakoshi Alpaca Farm

    Tags: Farm

    Address: Japan, Yubinbango947-0204 Niigata Prefecture, NagaokaYamakoshiTakezawa B 169

    Timings: 08:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    People often mistake Alpaca for sheep or llama, but they are actually more closely related to camels. For some reason, there are Alpacas at this cute little hill ranch in Nagooka, even though their na...Read more

  11. Niigata Prefectural Museum Of History

    #11 of 65 Things To Do in Nagaoka
    Niigata Prefectural Museum Of History

    Tags: History Museum, Exhibition

    Address: Japan, Yubinbango940-2035 Niigata Prefecture, Nagaoka, Sekiharamachi, 1 Chome character Gongendo 2247 No. 2

    Timings: 09:30 am - 05:00 pm Details

    You should start your Nagaoka tour here, where the history of the city and the prefecture is so beautifully told. It puts everything into context, including anthropology, archaeology, and folklore - 3...Read more

  12. Hotokusaninari Taisha Shrine

    #12 of 65 Things To Do in Nagaoka
    Hotokusaninari Taisha Shrine

    Tags: Religious Site, Temple

    Address: Japan, Yubinbango949-5414 Nagaoka, Niigata Prefecture Iizuka 870

    Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    This shrine surprises all visitors by sheer virtue of its size. Once in the spring, and once in the fall, people from all over the country come to pray here, at it is known as the candle of the Inarii...Read more

  13. Koryu Shrine

    #13 of 65 Things To Do in Nagaoka
    Koryu Shrine

    Tags: Religious Site, Mountain, View Point, Hill

    Address: High dragon shrine, Japan, Yubinbango940-1122 Nagaoka, Niigata Prefecture Yomogihira-cho, 1276

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    After you've driven to the hill, 118 steps remain to be climbed to take you to the shrine, where people come to pray for business prosperity. It's a steep climb, but there is an elevator nearby. From ...Read more

  14. Yukiguni Garden Park

    #14 of 65 Things To Do in Nagaoka
    Yukiguni Garden Park

    Tags: Park, Botanical Garden, Nature

    Address: Snow Country Botanical Gardens, Japan, Yubinbango940-2042 Nagaoka, Niigata Prefecture Miyamoto-cho 3-chome

    Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    Established to help preserve and exhibit the best of the natural beauty of the hilly snow country, this garden is a marvel of natural landscaping techniques. Now it is a place of naturally growing wil...Read more

  15. Hojoji

    #15 of 65 Things To Do in Nagaoka
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    Address: 486 Shirotorimachi, Nagaoka-shi, Niigata-ken 940-2041, Japan

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