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Niigata

Leading ski getaway famous for rice and sake

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Echigo Tsumari Art Triennale

Echigo Tsumari Art Triennale

The beauty of nature and art collide every three years at the Echigo Tsumari Art Triennale, held across the stunning surrounds of the Niigata countryside. Various works of art are housed at hub facilities in the region, and also dotted throughout the..

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Niigata City

Niigata City

Niigata City has a long history as a port city, it is the most populated city in the prefecture, and is the largest coastal city along the Sea of Japan within the island of Honshu. The Shinano River, Japan's longest river, also runs through the city, giving it the nickname 'the city of w..

Sado Island

Sado Island

Sado island has a great cultural history which you can encounter on almost every corner. You can experience natural beauty and its rich and evocative past. If you plan to come in the third week of August, you will feel the eternal drumbeat of the earth celebration festival headlined by the world-f..

Dining

Forest Inn Italian Restaurant

Forest Inn Italian Restaurant

Forest Inn Italian Restaurant was my first Italian food place in Japan when I arrived here in 1998. Located in the snow country of Niigata, the restaurant is a popular location for the MBA students of International University of Japan (IUJ) and also ..

Gastro-Tourism in Snow Country

Gastro-Tourism in Snow Country

Snow Country has a rich food culture. It grows some of the best rice in Japan, and brews some of the most famous sake. The pickles are also highly regarded, as preserving food to last through the six winter months was a vital skill. Living off the la..

Hiiragi Restaurant, Ishiuchi Ski-jo

Hiiragi Restaurant, Ishiuchi Ski-jo

Heading up the lifts at the Hatsukaishi side of Ishiuchi Maruyama Ski Resort, across the slopes from the Twin Towers builiding, you can see into a couple of the restaurants that line the slope. This year there is a new one open fo..

Places to stay

Anpesou Guest House in Bandai

Anpesou Guest House in Bandai

Before I came to Japan, one of my biggest worries was about lodging. Even two weeks before my arrival, I still hadn't found a roof under which I could sleep, so when I received a link for the Anpesou Guesthouse from my Japanese teacher, I was mor..

APA Myoko Resort Niigata Prefecture

APA Myoko Resort Niigata Prefecture

Back in the winter I wrote a story on the Sagamiko light show and mentioned I had reservations for Myoko this summer.  We finally made the trip to APA Myoko Pine Valley Resort in Niigata Prefecture. The weather was very uncertain and the predic..

Niigata's Wada-Goya Mountain Hut

Niigata's Wada-Goya Mountain Hut

Want to get some skiing done, but don't want to spend the entire weekend getting there? Kagura Ski Resort located on Mount Naeba in Niigata Prefecture is the perfect answer. The trip is roughly two hours from Tokyo via car and shinkansen. Ve..

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Tamagawa Sake Brewery

Tamagawa Sake Brewery

Niigata Prefecture is known for several things. Powdery snow, perfect rice - and as a consequence of that, some top quality sake. If you're curious about trying sake, or if you just want to sample some of the best stuff Japan has to offer, Tamaga..

Hakkaisan Ropeway

Hakkaisan Ropeway

Minamiuonuma, in the heart of Niigata's snow country, is an incredibly picturesque part of Japan. If you'd like to see the region in all its glory from above, heading to the Hakkaisan Ropeway allows you to do just that. It's also a way to..

Disney's "The Magic of Animation"

Disney's "The Magic of Animation"

Fan of all things Disney? Fascinated by all of the effort that goes in behind the scenes to create their cinematic masterpieces? Or perhaps you've just got little ones that incessantly sing "Let it gooooooooo!" at the top of their lungs..

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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
RegionChubu
IslandHonshu
CapitalNiigata
Population2,374,450
Area12,584.10 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 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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