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Niigata

Leading ski getaway famous for rice and sake

About Niigata
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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

Sado Island Galaxy Art Festival

Sado Island Galaxy Art Festival

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Known for its pristine natural landscapes and longstanding traditions, Niigata's Sado Island is no slouch on the art scene, e...

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Ramen Wars

Ramen Wars

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The annual Ramen Wars event in Niigata City brings some of Japan's best ramen chefs to the region. For 800 yen a serving, vis...

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Where to eat in Niigata

Kukai Bistro

Kukai Bistro

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If you're a meat-lover, Kukai Bistro in Minamiuonuma is worth a visit. Their menu has a focus on steaks and hamburgers, and t...

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Minamiuonuma Majidon Project

Minamiuonuma Majidon Project

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

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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

Kajikawachisui Memorial Park

Kajikawachisui Memorial Park

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For those living in or visiting Niigata Prefecture during sakura season, one of the region's best spots to explore is the Kaj...

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Autumn in Snow Country 10

Autumn in Snow Country

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Autumn in Niigata's snow country provides numerous opportunities to appreciate the colors of the season.

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Gosen Tulip Festival

Gosen Tulip Festival

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There are numerous colorful blooms to enjoy across Japan during spring, and tulips are just one of them. If you're in Niigata...

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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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