The Fossa Magna: where East meets West

East and West really do meet in the Nechi valley. This is where the two tectonic plates which make up Japan converge, and was once at the bottom of the sea.

The Fossa Magna fault line
The Fossa Magna fault line

The pleasant walk around the hillside to reach the fault line is enlivened by signboards making up a quiz about some of the cultural differences between east and west Japan.

The fresh spring greenery is called shinryoku, "new green", and is one of the seasonal attractions, along with the autumn leaves
The fresh spring greenery is called shinryoku, “new green”, and is one of the seasonal attractions, along with the autumn leaves
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Playing in the snow!

Spring has arrived in Itoigawa, and today is beautiful and warm. Nevertheless, the snow has still not completely melted up in the mountains, like here at the top of the Nechi valley.

Mountain vegetables are growing in the meltwater from the snow
Mountain vegetables are growing in the meltwater from the snow

The combination of snow, fresh green mountain vegetables, and cherry blossoms is beautiful, but for the children, a snowball fight is much more attractive!

"Look! Snow!"
“Look! Snow!”
Watch out...!
Watch out…!