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Unveiling Hidden Gems: Thrilling Local Attractions and Must-Do Adventures!

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Discovering Myoko's Hidden Natural Marvels and Year-Round Adventures.

Location: Myoko

Distance from Onpoint Madarao: 23.1km / 41 minutes by car.

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Myoko, located in the Niigata Prefecture, is a hidden gem for those seeking nature's tranquility and beauty. Its unique combination of hot springs, skiing, and breathtaking scenery makes it a popular tourist destination. One of the most fascinating attractions of this area is Naena Falls, a beautiful cascading natural wonder that should be on every traveler's itinerary.

Naena Falls spring water rushing through the valley.
Nature's Powerful Rushing Beauty in Motion.

Naena Falls: Exploring this Awe-Inspiring Natural Wonder:

Naena Falls presents a magnificent spectacle, consisting of three distinct waterfalls nestled deep within the enchanting forests of Myoko. Each waterfall boasts its own unique allure, contributing to the overall grandeur of this natural wonder. With a staggering 55-meter drop, the water plunges gracefully, enveloping the surroundings with a mesmerizing mist. While the pool beneath the falls entices visitors with its crystal-clear allure, it is important to note that swimming is strictly prohibited. Due to a combination of heavy rainfall and melted snow, the water currents pose a significant risk, making it unsafe for swimming. Nonetheless, Naena Falls continues to captivate with its tranquil ambiance and serene beauty, offering an unforgettable experience amidst nature's embrace.

Myoko's Heart, Unmatched Year-Round Beauty.
Naena Falls in full motion.

Discovering Myoko's Hidden Natural Marvels:

Naena Falls and its Surrounding Forests.

The surrounding area of Naena Falls is filled with dense forests that create a serene and peaceful atmosphere. The trees are lush with greenery, and during the fall season, the leaves turn into a kaleidoscope of colors. The forest is also home to a wide variety of flora and fauna, including wild boars, deer, and many bird species. Hiking around the area will give you a chance to discover the richness of this ecosystem and discovering Myoko's hidden natural marvels.

The Leisurely Stroll to Naena Falls:

Visitors to Naena Falls can take a leisurely stroll along the forest path leading to the waterfall. The trail is well-marked, and lined with mossy rocks and freshwater streams and rock pools.

The cobblestone pathways and natural stone steps add to the beauty and adventure. It takes about 20 minutes to reach the falls from the parking lot, and along the way, you will pass by several observation points that offer stunning views of the surrounding mountains and the valley below. If you continue further up the trail, then you can make it to the mouth of the waterfall where you can indulge in even more breathtaking views of the surrounding scenery.

If you continue along, then you can even reach Lake Nojiriko, Nagano’s second-largest lake, and a popular summer destination, within 2-3 hours.

Savor the flavors of Myoko at Naena Taki En:

Naena Taki En is a charming restaurant near Naena Falls, serving delicious Japanese cuisine in a tranquil setting. The restaurant features an outdoor seating area with stunning views of the waterfall, and the menu includes local specialties such as soba noodles, tempura, and grilled river fish. It’s a must-visit for foodies and nature lovers alike.

Fun all year-round:

Naena Falls is a year-round destination, but each season has unique features that make it worth visiting. During the winter months, the falls are transformed into a frozen wonderland, creating an enchanting and ethereal atmosphere. The snow-covered trees and rocks provide a surreal backdrop, and the frozen waterfall creates a sculpture-like scene.

During the spring and summer months, the forest around Naena Falls comes alive with a riot of colors. The trees are filled with cherry blossoms, and the forest floor is covered with wildflowers. This is the perfect time to hike around the area and experience the richness of the flora and fauna.

Snow covered hiking trail at Naena Falls, Myoko.
Winter falls on the Naena trail.

Stay at Onpoint Madarao Hotel:

After embarking on an unforgettable hiking adventure and discovering the enchanting beauty of the cascading waterfalls, unwind and recharge at Onpoint Madarao Hotel. Our cozy and comfortable accommodations provide the perfect respite, offering a serene atmosphere where you can relax and reflect on your outdoor escapades. Our attentive staff will ensure that your stay is memorable, and our facilities cater to all your needs. Whether it's indulging in delicious cuisine or relaxing by the open fire and bar, we have everything you need to rejuvenate after a long day of hiking.

Embark on an all-out adventure at Onpoint Madarao: hike amidst enchanting nature, indulge in fantastic local foods, and explore thrilling local lake sports. Book now at and let Madarao's magic captivate your heart!



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