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Campsite Guide-Hikarigahara Kogen Campsite-
(Itakura-Ward, Joetsu 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 5 to mid-November]A summer resort in Joetsu with a panoramic view!

It is a campsite located in the Hikarigahara Plateau at an altitude of about 1000m in Itakura Ward, Joetsu City, Niigata Prefecture.  It is located in the middle of the 80km Shinetsu Trail along the ridge of the Sekida Mountains, which is located on the border between Niigata and Nagano prefectures.

The campsite is surrounded by beech forest, and is visited by many campers from inside and outside the prefecture as a summer resort in Joetsu City. It is also just a 15-minute walk away from the Sekida Pass on the Shinetsu Trail; a Mecca for hikers.

From an altitude of 1,000m, there is a panoramic view of Mt. Yoneyama, the Sea of Japan, Mt. Kasugayama, Mt. Yakeyama, Mt. Hiuchi, Mt. Myoko, Mt. Kurohime, and Mt. Togakushi.  When the weather is nice, you can see Mt. Yarigatake in the Northern Alpss.

The campground is located approximately 100 meters from the parking lot. The campground has tent sites, cooking facilities, and restrooms. The ground for the tent sites is dirt.

※Green Pal Kogenso and bungalows are not in operation.

■Period: Mid-June to late October, 2024
<Weekdays>Reception at Eshin-no-sato Memorial Hall (10:00-16:00, closed on Tuesdays)
After checking in and paying at the Eshin-no-sato Memorial Hall, please enjoy camping at the campsite.
<Saturday, Sunday, and holidays>Reception at the Administration Building in the Hikarigahara Kogen Campground (8:30-17:30)
■Check-in: 12:00~ / Check-out: 13:00
■Fees: Overnight stay (12:00~10:00 the next day), 1000 yen per tent, 1000 yen per tarp, cooperation fee: junior high school students and older: 1000 yen, elementary school students: 800 yen
    Day use (10:00-16:00), cooperation fee: junior high school students and older: 1,000 yen, elementary school students: 800 yen
■Parking: 40 cars

Recommended by the editorial department

Display of the iron ball used in the movie “Get in! Asama-Sanso Incident”

Near the campsite, the iron ball used to destroy the building in the movie “Get in! Asama-Sanso Incident” is on display. The movie was filmed on the Hikarigahara Plateau in December 2001.  Here, the iron ball used in the film, and the original iron ball from the Asama-Sansou incident, are on display.

Eshin no Sato Yasuragi-so

If you go down the plateau to the Joetsu city side, you will find the hot bath facility “Eshin no Sato Yasuragi-so”, “Jisuberi(landslide) Museum”, and “Eshin no Sato Memorial Hall”.  On the other hand, if you go to the Nagano prefecture side, you can enjoy a tour of the famous hot springs, Yutaki Onsen (Iiyama City) (25-minutes’ walk away) and Nozawa Onsen (Nozawa Onsen Village) (35 minutes’ walk away).

The spots to stop by at in the surrounding area are also introduced in Itakura edition of “Ella and Jimi’s walking around the town” on the website for Yukiguni Journey.  Please take a look here as well.

Hikarigahara Kogen Campsite

■Operation period: Mid-June to late October, 2024

Address: 4046 Sekita, Itakura-ku, Joetsu City, Niigata Prefecture
Tel: 0255-81-4541(Eshin-no-sato Memorial Hall)
Access: <Car>50 minutes from Joetsu IC of Hokuriku Expressway
URL: http://eshin.org

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