Niigata

About Niigata

Niigata prefecture has a long coastline facing the sea of Japan, because of this it was a critical port area during the Edo period in the 17th and 18th centuries. These days Niigata is famous for skiing, hot springs, fresh seafood, rice and sake (rice wine). In fact, most of Japan’s top sake brands are brewed here. Sado Island is also a part of Niigata and is one of Japan’s largest islands apart from the main four, Honshu, Kyushu, Shikoku and Hokkaido. Sado hosts the internationally popular Earth Celebration, an annual music festival featuring the locally born, globally famous Kodo Taiko (drumming) group. Another famous Niigata tradition is celebrating the summer season with elaborate firework festivals. Niigata prefecture is great to visit through all four seasons and offers cultural, culinary, and artistic experiences for the adventurous traveler.

Places to visit in Niigata

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Sights in Niigata

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Kashiwazaki Whale Underpass

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Constructed in 1986, the Kashiwazaki Whale Underpass passes under Highway 8 in order to allow pedestrians to cross it. Possibly the coolest underpass we've ever seen, the whale even has a jet of water shoot from its blowhole at regular intervals. Even if only for the novelty and photo opportunity aspects alone, the Kashiwazaki Whale Underpass is definitely worth a visit1

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Koushi

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Located in central Niigata City, Koushi is a restaurant which specializes in foods such as curry ramen, fried chicken and katsu curry. KNown for its large portions, Koushi's long-serving chef also occasionally prepares extra huge versions of his meals for eating contest contestants, also known as 'food fighters'.

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Tokamachi City Museum

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Highly recommended to visit before touring around Tokamachi City. At this museum, visitors can experience a tour with an expert on the area. It may take around

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Hoshitoge Rice Terraces

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Niigata Prefecture is well known as one of the most famous prefectures for rice. The #1 branded rice, Koshihikari has for awhile now been ranked very highly wit

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Chidoriya

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As Tokamachi is one of the most famous cities for kimonos, we believe this is a must on any Tokamachi itinerary. Here visitors can learn how to put on kimonos f

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Beech Forest

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This unique forest labeled as “bijinbayashi” literally means in English “beautiful lady forest. For the past 90 years these tall and slender trees have been gro

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Hotels in Niigata

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The Italia Ken

Hotel in Niigata

Located 1 km from Niigata Prefectural Civic Centre in Niigata, The Italia Ken features free WiFi access and free private parking. Guests can enjoy the on-site r

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Juraku Stay Niigata

Hotel in Niigata

Juraku Stay Niigata is located in Niigata, 1.4 km from Toki Messe and 2.2 km from Niigata Prefectural Civic Centre. Free WiFi is available throughout the proper

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Niigata Station Hotel

Hotel in Niigata

Featuring free WiFi, Niigata Station Hotel is set in Niigata, 1.5 km from Toki Messe. The rooms have a flat-screen TV. Rooms are fitted with a private bathroom

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Kutsurogian

Hotel in Niigata

Set in Minami Uonuma in the Niigata Region, 10 km from Maiko Snow Resort, Kutsurogian boasts a hot spring bath and ski-to-door access. Free WiFi is featured thr

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Hotel Diasmont Niigata

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Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Hotel Diasmont Niigata is set in Niigata, 1.1 km from Niigata Prefectural Civic Centre. Each room at this japanese

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Hotel Green Plaza Joetsu

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Set in Minami Uonuma, Hotel Green Plaza Joetsu is situated within Joetsu Kokusai Ski Resort and right next to Joetsu Kokusai Playland. The hotel boasts a hot sp

Neighborhoods

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Sado Island

Neighborhood in Niigata

Mention Sado Island, and August's internationally famous Earth Celebration event and related taiko drumming will likely spring to mind. But to dismiss the islan

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Yahiko Village

Neighborhood in Niigata

Located in central Niigata Prefecture and abutting the Sea of Japan, Yahiko Village is considered one of Japan's most sacred areas. According to legend, the gre

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