TALES FROM HISTORY

Itoigawa — The Forgotten City of Jade

From the creation of Honshu to Magatama jewels

Diane Neill Tincher
Lessons from History
6 min readFeb 6, 2024

--

Snow topped mountains with clean river in the foreground.
The Japan Alps. (Depositphotos)

On the far western edge of Niigata Prefecture sits the quiet city of Itoigawa. With a population of just over 40,000, it’s hard to believe it was once the bustling center of a thriving jade trade. That trade has long since vanished, yet diligent beachcombers can…

--

--

Diane Neill Tincher
Lessons from History

Top writer in Travel. I’ve lived in Japan since 1987 & love learning, history, & the beauty of nature. Pls use my link to join Medium: https://bit.ly/3yqwppZ