Shin’etsu is a name combining the old names for Nagano (Shinshu) and Niigata (Echigo) prefectures. Shizenkyo means “Nature Park.” And, appropriately, the Shin’etsu Shizenkyo is a natural wonder including the mountainous regions of northern Nagano and the Myoko city area of southern Niigata.
Within 20 kilometers of Shin’etsu Shizenkyo’s base at Iiyama Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen are 38 ski areas, both large and small. Among these are such representative Japanese resorts as Nozawa Onsen, Myoko/Akakura and Shiga Kogen. There are no other places like these in all of the country.

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