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Campground Guide -Takatokoyama Forest Park Campground-
(Himegawara, Myoko City)



Focusing on camps that have become increasingly popular in recent years, we are doing our best to publicize the campgrounds that are open in the Joetsu area (Joetsu City, Myoko City, Itoigawa City).  Not only detailed information on each campground, but also spots recommended by the editorial department will be posted.  It’s good to have fun with your family, or to enjoy your time as a solo camper.  Why don’t you go out to play in the great outdoors?

【Open April 29 – early November】A treasure trove of beautiful greenery and flora and fauna! The panoramic view from the observatory is also a sight to behold!

“Takatokoyama Forest Park Campground” is located in Himekawara, Myoko City, Niigata Prefecture.

It is located in the center of Takatokoyama Forest Park, which is located on a vast area of land on the hillside of Takatokoyama.  It is a campground that is easily accessible from the city.

The landmark for finding the campground is a large squirrel sign along Prefectural Road 584.  From here, take the mountain road to the campground and drive up for about 10 minutes.  There is also a way to enter the campground from National Highway 292, which connects Myoko City and Iiyama City, but it is recommended to take Prefectural Highway 584 because the National Highway 292 road is narrow.

On the way to the campground, there are spots where you can get a panoramic view of the Kubiki Plain.

Takatokoyama Forest Park has an auto camp area, a free camp area (tent camp), and bungalows.  The campground area is grass.  Open fires are prohibited, but you can enjoy a campfire at the fire circle in the center of the campground.

The venue is equipped with bungalows, cooking facilities, flush toilets, and hot showers for men and women.  The area is very large and there is much shade under the trees, so you can spend a relaxing time.

Auto camp area

The first thing you’ll notice about the campground is the auto camp area.  There are 15 sites where you can enjoy auto camping, and 5 of them can use AC power.

Free camp area (Bring a tent)

A place where you can set up a tent anywhere, located in the center of the park.  This area is large enough to accommodate 60 to 70 family-sized (5 people) tents.


There are 3 bungalows for 5 to 6 people next to the free camp area.  * Due to construction work, only two bungalows are available until September 10th, 2021.

Cooking area



Outdoor cooking, barbecues, day camping, and other day-trip activities are allowed, and you are free to take a break in the administration building. Pets (small to medium size) are also allowed. Pets (small to medium size) must be kept on a leash.

Speaking of Mt. Takadoko, it also offers an excellent view. If you walk up the hill to the north from near the auto camp site, you will soon come to an observation deck. You can see what the view is like at …….

A large panoramic view that spreads out before you.  From the observatory, you can enjoy magnificent views of the Myoko Mountain Range, the Kubiki Plain, and the Sea of Japan.  When the weather is nice, you can also see Sado Island.

Junsai (Watershield) Pond

In addition, there are swamp ponds around the park such as Ten Pond, Junsai Pond, Old Pond, and Shinden Pond, and the forest is filled with the chirping of wild birds, allowing visitors to fully enjoy nature observation. This is a recommended campground where you can enjoy everything from full-scale hiking to petit walks.

■Period of use: April 29, 2024 (month/wish) – Early November
■Resident caretaker hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (may be absent)
■Reception: Reservations are required for camping. On the day of the camp, please go to the Takadokoyama Forest Park Administration Building for registration.
■Check-in: 13:00~ / Check-out: 12:00
■Fee: ※Half price for one-day trip.
・Auto Camping: 3,500 yen/night for 1 lot, 2 days/night/AC power supply 500yen※No charge if not used
・Free site (bring-your-own tent): 1,500 yen per tent, 2 days and 1 night
・Bungalow: 4,000 yen per bungalow per night for 2 days
・Campfire per couple: 3,000-5,000 yen
・Rental tent (standard: for 6 persons): 2000 yen
・One hot shower: 200 yen
・Cooking facilities (kamado): 600 yen per unit
・One barbecue griddle: 250 yen
■Parking: 100 passenger cars and 20 buses

Recommended by the editorial department

Phantom O-taki

“Phantom O-taki” is a large waterfall with a height of 40m located on the Baba River. It takes about 30 minutes to walk there on the forest road from the parking lot of Hayama in the Kamikozawa district of Myoko city.    Why is it called a phantom?  The reason is because it had not appeared on a map until after 1993 .  When it was introduced on TV in 1993 as a “waterfall not on the map”, it attracted a lot of attention in the media.

About 30 minutes by car from Joshinetsu Expressway Arai IC.  About 30 minutes on foot from the Hayama parking lot.
Related article:[Video] Touring Joetsu Myoko in Search of Cooling Waterfalls “Phantom O-taki”

Takatokoyama Forest Park Campground

■Operating period:April 29 to early November 2024

Address: 2478 Himegawara, Myoko City, Niigata Prefecture
Tel: 0255-75-3455(during opening hours)
Access: <Car> Approximately 20 minutes from the Nakago Interchange on the Hokuriku Expressway.
URL: https://myoko-gt.com/takatoko/

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