Niigata

Leading ski getaway famous for rice and sake

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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

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..

Ramen Tenshin, Ishiuchi

Ramen Tenshin, Ishiuchi

Yet another discovery of a great restaurant that I have driven past hundreds of times and never knew about! Ramen Tenshin is a tiny little restaurant on the main street of Ishiuchi, though if you did not know it was there, you could be forgiven for m..

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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Niigata's Ancient Flame-shaped Pots

Niigata's Ancient Flame-shaped Pots

5,000 years ago, Jomon-era people were living around the Shinano River which runs from Niigata City down to Tsunan Town. Traces of their settlements, their tools, and especially their amazingly decorated flame-shaped pottery are often turned up in th..

The Ito Mansion

The Ito Mansion

When I arrived in Niigata Prefecture, Japan, the stories I used to read about the famous Daimyo Uesugi Kenshin and samurai Naoe Kanetsugu , both from Echigo province, nowadays known as Niigata, came straight to my mind. Since I am a kid, I have alwa..

Nagaoka Festival

Nagaoka Festival

What makes Japanese fireworks different from all the others around the world? For one, they reflect Japan's culture. All have themes and the crowds really get into the mood. You see blue mats everywhere and special food tents wherever the peopl..

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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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