Joetsu is situated 130 miles (209 kilometers) northwest of Tokyo, the national capital.
Visiting just one town or city, regardless of its popularity, can only ever give you a limited view into the broader personality of a region. So try to allow a few days to savour Niigata 's other cultural and natural attractions. If you'd like to find even more things to see and do, head to the Imori Pond and Naenataki in the vicinity of Myoko, which is 9 miles (14 kilometers) to the north of Joetsu.
Nagano is around 35 miles (56 kilometers) from Joetsu. This regional center offers a diverse range of tourist attractions, such as Hakuba Happoone Ski Area, Nagano Prefectural Shinano Art Museum and Jigokudani Monkey Park. Joshinetsu Kogen National Park, Tsugaike Ski Resort and Zenkoji are just a sample of the other attractions in Nagano that should be on every traveler's list.
In many cases, the difference between a smart traveler and a tourist is a little knowledge of language, so why not take the time to know some handy Japanese phrases before you arrive. "Isshoni odorimasenka?" translates to "Would you like to dance with me?" Or try "Benjo wa doko desu ka?" (Where's the toilet?).
When it is time to leave this special place, say goodbye the way they do in Japanese, with a heartfelt "Sayōnara."