The city of Joetsu has many historical spots such as Kasugayama Castle, the home of the warlord Uesugi Kenshin who played an active part in this district, and Triple-Layered Turret of Takada Castle, home of the Edo period (1603-1868) daimyo (feudal lord) Matsudaira Tadateru. The old townscapes in the vicinity of the castle remain in the Machiya-style Community House "Takada Komachi". In addition, there are various attractions such as the city of Myoko with its Kogen Resort, and the city of Itoigawa where there is the "Fossa Magna Museum.”
You can get around this area by car or train. From major cities, you can get here by car, bullet train, or express bus. From Tokyo, it takes about 2 hours and 20 minutes by bullet and conventional train to get to Naoetsu Station in Joetsu and less than 3 hours to get to Myoko Kogen Station and Itoigawa Station. From JR Ikebukuro Station bus terminal, it takes 6 hours by express bus to get to Naoetsu Station.