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Itoigawa (糸魚川) is a city in Niigata prefecture.


Itoigawa is situated at the northern terminus of the great fault line, the Itoigawa-Shizuoka Tectonic Line geologically separating North-Eastern Japan and South-Western Japan.

The region includes the Itoigawa Geopark.

Get in[edit]

Itoigawa is located on the JR West Hokuriku Main Line between Joetsu and Toyama.

By plane[edit]

The closest airport to the Itoigawa is Toyama Airport.

By train[edit]

From Tokyo Station, Itoigawa can be reached by taking the Joetsu Shinkansen (Tanigawa, Max Tanigawa, Toki or Max Toki) to Echigo-Yuzawa (越後湯沢) and then transferring to the Hakutaka (はくたか) limited express train for the run to Itoigawa. This ride lasts about 2 hours 45 minutes with a good connection in Echigo-Yuzawa, and it costs ¥9830 each way. Japan Rail Pass holders have to pay ¥1450 each way for the portion of the trip between Echigo-Yuzawa and Naoetsu, which is operated by Hokuetsu Railway. The JR East Rail Pass covers the Echigo-Yuzawa - Naoetsu segment, but does not cover the portion onward to Itoigawa; the full fare must be paid (¥1690).

Get around[edit]


  • 1 Fossa Magna Museum (フォッサマグナミュージアム), 1313 Ichinomiya, +81 25-553-1880. 9am-4:30pm. Minerals and fossils dug up from fossa magna plates are on display at this museum. Adults ¥500, Students ¥300.
  • Itoigawa Geopark. A group of sites in the immediate environs of Itoigawa. It is part of the UNESCO Global Geoparks Network.







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Routes through Itoigawa
ToyamaKurobe Unazukionsen  W Hokuriku Shinkansen Icon.png E  JōetsumyōkōNagano
KanazawaToyamaKurobe  W JR Hokuriku icon.png E  JoetsuJR Shin-etsu icon.png E
KanazawaToyamaKurobe  W Hokuriku Expwy Route Sign.svg E  JoetsuNiigata

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