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Niigata

Leading ski getaway famous for rice and sake

About Niigata

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Upcoming Niigata Events

Minamiuonuma Majidon Competition

Minamiuonuma Majidon Competition

Aug 1st - Dec 31st

The annual Minamiuonuma Majidon Competition is a way to promote the region's delicious koshihikari rice in unique ways. Dozens..

Minamiuonuma, Niigata, Japan.. 2 Free
Koide International Snowball Fight

Koide International Snowball Fight

Monday - Feb 10th

The Koide International Snowball Fight is one of Japan's most unique festivals. Teams battle it out in groups of five to be..

Hibikinomori Park 2 Free
Tokamachi Snow Festival

Tokamachi Snow Festival

Feb 15th - Feb 17th

The Tokamachi Snow Festival has been held annually since 1950, and provides a fun way to enjoy the snow that this region of Japan..

5 Free

Where to eat in Niigata

Taibow Coffee and Gelato

Taibow Coffee and Gelato

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Taibow Coffee and Gelato is located in the Niigata countryside, and offers delicious caffeine fixes, as well as a range of baked..

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Places to stay in Niigata

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Joetsu Aquarium Umigatari

Joetsu Aquarium Umigatari

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Niigata is blessed with two world class aquariums - one in Niigata City, and another in Joetsu. The Joetsu Aquarium Umigatari sits..

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Mitsuke English Garden

Mitsuke English Garden

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Mitsuke English Garden is located a short distance from the city of Nagaoka, and offers visitors the chance to enjoy seasonal blooms..

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About Niigata

Okinawa Nagasaki Fukuoka Saga Kumamoto Kagoshima Miyazaki Oita Ehime Kochi Tokushima Kagawa Yamaguchi Hiroshima Okayama Tottori Shimane Hyogo Kyoto Osaka Wakayama Nara Shiga Mie Fukui Ishikawa Toyama Gifu Aichi Nagano Shizuoka Niigata Yamanashi Kanagawa Tokyo Saitama Gunma Tochigi Chiba Ibaraki Fukushima Miyagi Yamagata Iwate Akita Aomori Hokkaido
Region Chubu
Island Honshu
Capital Niigata
Population 2,374,450
Area 12,584.10 sq. km

What’s the most important food in the everyday diets of Japanese people? The answer is rice, and no prefecture does it better than Niigata Prefecture (新潟県, Niigata-ken) and their Koshi Hikari brand when it comes to rice. And that also means you can find some of Japan’s top sake there too.

Niigata is also one of the top hot springs and winter sports destinations as well; the popular Naeba Ski Resort doubles as the host of the Fuji Rock Festival (Japan’s largest outdoor music event) in late July. The Nagaoka Festival almost immediately after it is one of the three biggest fireworks displays in Japan.

Niigata's beaches are wildly underrated, often overlooked at the expense of those on the Pacific coast. The idyllic island of Sado is famous for being the breeding spot of the rare Japanese crested ibis and for its gold mine.

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