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Niigata

Leading ski getaway famous for rice and sake

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Top Attractions in Niigata

Around Niigata

Sado Island

Sado Island

Sado island has a great cultural history which you can encounter on almost every corner. You can experience natural beauty an...

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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 c...

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Tokamachi

Tokamachi

Tokamachi is located in the southern region of Niigata Prefecture. It only takes around 2 hours by shinkansen to get here fro...

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Upcoming Niigata Events

Echigo Tsumari Art Triennale

Echigo Tsumari Art Triennale

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Every three years, the Echigo Tsumari Art Triennale is held in the Niigata countryside. Both Japanese and international artis...

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The Science Behind Pixar

The Science Behind Pixar

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The Niigata Prefectural Museum of Modern Art is hosting "The Science Behind Pixar" until November 24th, giving insight into t...

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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 ba...

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La Locanda Nella Foresta

La Locanda Nella Foresta

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La Locanda Nella Foresta is an Italian restaurant located in Minamiuonuma. With a delicious menu, robust wine list, and stell...

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IUJ Shokudo

IUJ Shokudo

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Looking for a cheap lunch? The International University of Japan's shokudo, or cafeteria, is open not just to students but th...

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Places to stay in Niigata

Hotel Futaba

Hotel Futaba

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Hotel Futaba is located a short distance from Echigo Yuzawa station and combines comfortable accommodation with onsen facilit...

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Latest Niigata Reports

CoCoLo Nagaoka

CoCoLo Nagaoka

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CoCoLo Nagaoka is a convenient shopping spot for locals and travelers alike, as it's connected to Nagaoka Station. The shoppi...

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What's Niigata Sign

What's Niigata Sign

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The What's Niigata sign has become a popular destination for those who appreciate a fun photo opportunity! The sign has moved...

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Tsukioka Park

Tsukioka Park

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Tsukioka Park is located in Uonuma, Niigata Prefecture. The park offers plenty of play equipment for the kids, barbecue facil...

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About Niigata

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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