●Echigo-sanzan mountains (Mt.Echigo-komagatake/Mt.Nakanotake/Mt.Hakkaisan)
Mt.Echigo-Komagatake, Mt. Nakanotake and Mt.Hakkaisan are called the three great mountains of Echigo (Echigo is the old name of Niigata.)
Mt. Echigo-Komagatake stands 2003m high and is regarded as one of Japan’s 100 famous mountains.
Mt. Hiragatake, some 2140m high, has as a meadow on its summit that hosts beautiful alpine flowers during its short summer.
Some 1969m high, Mt. Arasawadake has steep slopes and the view from the peak is breath-taking.
Mt. Asakusadake has an elevation of 1585.5m and is home to many alpine plants. Enjoy climbing the
mountain listening to birdsong.
Mt. Sumondake, some 1537m high, consists of three peaks, namely Hakamadake peak, Seiundake peak and Otake peak. The mountain is a one of the most famous in Niigata prefecture.
●Mt.Gongendozan (Mt.Kamigongenyama 998m Mt.Shimogongenyama 897m)
Climbing Mt. Gongendozan from early spring to June is highly recommended for those who enjoy watching beautiful flowers, and from September to late autumn for displays of beautiful autumn leaves.
At 681m, Mt. Toyagamine is comparatively low, but from its summit the three great mountains of Mt.
Asakusadake, Mt. Sumondake, Gongendozan and Mt Echigo can be seen. (Echigo is the old name of
●The History of Ginzandaira and silver mining
In 1641, a farmer named Genzo in Shimooritate discovered silver ore while fishing for river trout in the
Tadami river. Since then, silver mining went on until 1706 when the mining collapsed. The mine was
changed to lead mining but also ended soon ending the more than two hundred years of mining history.
●Aristocrat Ozesaburou & Shioritoge Pass
Oze was named after Oze Saburo who was banished from Kyoto.The legend of Shioritoge has it that when Oze Saburo escaped to The Yunotani mountains and got lost, a little boy appeared and showed him the way to his destination by lopping down branches.
●Okutadamiko Lake (Ginzanko Lake)
about 6 billion cubic meters of water in its reservoir. Many anglers call it “Ginzanko”. From late May to
early November, you can enjoy sightseeing from pleasure boats on this lake. You must not miss the
magnificent view of the deep mountains reflections onthe quiet surface of this lake. This lake is easily
accessible from Okutadami pier to Ozeguchi by boat.A day trip sightseeing service is available.