Scenic train trips
While in Nozawa consider a trip on the Oykot rail service, which runs along the picturesque Iiyama line from Nagano to Tokamachi in Niigata prefecture. You can sample local delicacies and enjoy traditional entertainment as you take in the scenes along the scenic rail line, which runs along the Chikuma river. JR rail passes are valid on this line but services are limited so please book in advance. See the link above for schedules and pricing. The name “Oykot” comes from the inverse spelling of Tokyo because you will feel a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of the city when you ride this train through the rural Japanese country side. Relax and enjoy!