I spent the last ten days driving all over Japan, often getting lost and as a result saw some places I normally wouldn't have gone to. First while driving to Niigata, I stopped for a pit stop in a Highway Nexco at Azuma because I liked the name. I snapped a few pics of the surrounding mountains.
While looking for an onsen in Niigata, I snapped a shot of a giant tap.
Thanks to my misdirection, I somehow ended up in Shibata. While driving around that city, I found 新発田城 Shibata Castle as dusk was approaching. Very cool indeed.
I decided to continue on my trek and ate at a Mos-Burger in Kurosaki. I ultimately crashed in a city called Joetsu.