105 KM - 0H35 - URASA station
Urasa station is a major hub of Niigata Prefecture. Urasa is also home to enthusiasts of the local naked festival.134KM - 0H43 - ECHIGO-YUZAWA station
Yuzawa is one of the largest and the most easily accessed ski areas
from Tokyo. Yuzawa is known for deep powder and a long season
, with some of its resorts open from mid-November to late May. The Genbi shinkansen
from Niigata stops here.228 KM - 1H17 -TAKASAKI station
The capital of the daruma doll
, a good luck charm representing a famous Zen monk. Daruma dolls are traditionally bought at the beginning of each new year without pupils painted on. A wish is then made and one of the doll’s pupils is painted on. If the wish comes true, the second pupil is also added and the doll is returned to the temple or shrine at the end of the year to be burnt.
In Takasaki, you can take a steam train
to explore the Gunma Prefecture.