Jōetsu region (上越地方) is a geographical region within Niigata Prefecture, Japan. It includes of the cities of Jōetsu, Itoigawa and Myōkō.

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The historical Jōetsu region is in the area of the old provinces of Kōzuke and Echigo. The region is traditionally known as a less developed area of Japan.

The Joetsu area is a strategic hub in the larger regional transport network.