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Niigata

Leading ski getaway famous for rice and sake

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Ojiya Hot Air Balloon Festival

Ojiya Hot Air Balloon Festival

Feb 22 - Feb 23rd

Ojiya, in Niigata's snow country, has an annual hot air balloon festival. There's both a hot air balloon competition, as..

Free
Bishamondo Naked Man Festival, Urasa

Bishamondo Naked Man Festival, Urasa

Mar 2 - Mar 3rd

The Naked Man Festival at Urasa's Bishamondo is one of the top bizarre festivals in Japan and a wonderful night out each year..

Bishamondo 3 Free
Urasa Naked Man Pushing Festival

Urasa Naked Man Pushing Festival

Saturday - Mar 7th

Urasa's Naked Pushing Festival lays claim to being one of Japan's most unique winter festivals. Participants dressed in..

Bishamondo Temple 6 Free

Where to eat in Niigata

Echigo Tsukemen Ishin

Echigo Tsukemen Ishin

Sleiman Azizi

Part of CoCoLo Yuzawa shopping precinct in Echigo Yuzawa Station, Echigo Tsukemen Ishin is dipping ramen bar known for its signature..

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Ikinari-ya, Niigata

Ikinari-ya, Niigata

Tomoko Kamishima

Ikinari-ya is a 300 year old Japanese high-class, traditional restaurant. The restaurant opened in the mid-Edo era, when stylish..

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Places to stay in Niigata

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CoCoLo Yuzawa

CoCoLo Yuzawa

Sleiman Azizi

Specialising in Niigata Prefecture's local goods and produce, CoCoLo Yuzawa is a shopping area right by Echigo Yuzawa Station...

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Niitsu Railway Museum

Niitsu Railway Museum

Kim B

The Niitsu Railway Museum highlights the importance that rail transportation has had on this Niigata town. There are various exhibits..

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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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