Niigata

About Niigata

Niigata prefecture has a long coastline facing the sea of Japan, because of this it was a critical port area during the Edo period in the 17th and 18th centuries. These days Niigata is famous for skiing, hot springs, fresh seafood, rice and sake (rice wine). In fact, most of Japan’s top sake brands are brewed here. Sado Island is also a part of Niigata and is one of Japan’s largest islands apart from the main four, Honshu, Kyushu, Shikoku and Hokkaido. Sado hosts the internationally popular Earth Celebration, an annual music festival featuring the locally born, globally famous Kodo Taiko (drumming) group. Another famous Niigata tradition is celebrating the summer season with elaborate firework festivals. Niigata prefecture is great to visit through all four seasons and offers cultural, culinary, and artistic experiences for the adventurous traveler.

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Yahiko Jinja Shrine

Located at the sacred 634-meter tall Mount Yahiko in the middle of the Sado Yahiko Quasi-National Park, this Shinto shrine was built about 1300 years ago. Vario

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Nishikigoi no Sato

Ojiya Nishikigoi no Sato is the only place in the world where a wide variety of live Nishikigoi are on display along with the materials showing the history of t

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Yamakoshi alpaca farm

3 alpakas are donated by Colorado US after a big earthquike around this area in 2009, as a cheer up gift called "get genki". Number of alpacas have increased si

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Taraibune Experience (Yajima Taiken Koryukan)

Taraibune are Japanese round wooden boats. At the Yajima Taiken Koryukan visitors can experience going out to sea on them from April until October.

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Gala Yuzawa Snow Resort

Niigata's Gala Yuzawa Snow Resort is easily accessible via Shinkansen. The train station is located right at the base of the resort.

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Yahiko Park

This park, covering a total area of 160,000 square meters, has waterfalls, mountain streams, hills and tunnels. Flowers such as azaleas and irises are planted a

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Kashiwazaki Whale Underpass

Constructed in 1986, the Kashiwazaki Whale Underpass passes under Highway 8 in order to allow pedestrians to cross it. Possibly the coolest underpass we've ever seen, the whale even has a jet of water shoot from its blowhole at regular intervals.

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Koushi

Located in central Niigata City, Koushi is a restaurant which specializes in foods such as curry ramen, fried chicken and katsu curry. KNown for its large portions, Koushi's long-serving chef also occasionally prepares extra huge versions of his meals for eating contest contestants, also known as 'food fighters'.

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Tokamachi City Museum

Highly recommended to visit before touring around Tokamachi City. At this museum, visitors can experience a tour with an expert on the area. It may take around

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Hoshitoge Rice Terraces

Niigata Prefecture is well known as one of the most famous prefectures for rice. The #1 branded rice, Koshihikari has for awhile now been ranked very highly wit

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Chidoriya

As Tokamachi is one of the most famous cities for kimonos, we believe this is a must on any Tokamachi itinerary. Here visitors can learn how to put on kimonos f

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Beech Forest

This unique forest labeled as “bijinbayashi” literally means in English “beautiful lady forest. For the past 90 years these tall and slender trees have been gro

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Pension Crew

Featuring free WiFi and a terrace, Pension Crew offers accommodation in Itoigawa, 40 km from Hakuba. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free private parki

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Hotel Familio Sadoaikawa

Boasting a hot spring bath and guestrooms with sea views, Hotel Familio Sadoaikawa is set in Sado. Guests can enjoy beverages at the on-site snack bar. Free WiF

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Wakatake

Situated in Tagami, 22 km from Niigata, Wakatake features air-conditioned rooms and free private parking. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Each room is

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Edelweis Akakura

Offering ski-to-door access and ski storage space, Edelweis Akakura is located in Myoko, 28 km from Nagano. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Each room

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Silverhorn

Offering a ski school and ski storage space, Silverhorn is set in Myoko in the Niigata Region. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Rooms include a shared

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The Italia Ken

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