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Lake Okutadami Pleasure Cruise
This is a hugely popular pleasure cruise, and when red and yellow begin to dye the beech forest surrounding the lake and the trees of the 2,000+ meter mountains, the best place to see it all is from the deck of a boat. Also, since the mountaintops are always snowy, in the height of the leaf-viewing season you can catch sight of snow-capped mountains with their lower halves dressed in bright autumn leaves.
1317-3 Otori, Imokawa, Yunotani, Uonuma, Niigata
Okutadami round courseAdults 820Children 410· Kanayamataira courseAdult 1,130 (one way)Children 570 (one way)- Oze opening courseAdult 1,180 (one way)Children 590 (one way)
- Okutadami Round-Trip CourseMay. 20 - Nov. 8, last cruise at 15:30Oct. 16 - Nov. 6, last cruise at 16:00- Ginzandaira CourseMay. 20 - Oct. 15, last cruise at 15:00Oct. 16 - Nov. 6, last cruise at 16:00- Oze CourseMay. 31 - Oct. 15, last cruise at 15:20*Cruises are sometimes cancelled due to weather or other factors.
If you want to see the autumn leaves, the Okutadami round-trip course is best. However, they don't take reservations during the peak autumn leaf-viewing season, so you will need to wait in line.
Board the Minami-echigo Tour Bus for Okutadami Dam at JR Urasa Station. It is about a 75 minute ride. *A regular bus to Okutadami runs until November 3.
Exit at the Koide IC on the Kan-etsu Expressway, and it is about 53 minutes along National Highway 352 and Prefectural Road 50.
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