NiigataNiigata 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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Ponshukan Sake Museum
This restaurant, museum and sake bar is located in Niigata, which is known for having the biggest variety of sake factories in Japan. Ponshukan has two floors visitors can visit. The first floor is a restaurant, while the third floor is a sake museum which has
Naeba Ski Resort
Situated on the eastern slope of Mount Takenoko, this ski resort is interconnected with the Kagura Ski Area, forming a large winter resort. The two family-friendly facilities are linked by the world's longest gondola, offering a view of the snowy mountain land
Nagaoka Fireworks Festival
Nagaoka Fireworks Festival is a two-day event held along the banks of the Shinanogawa River.
Echigo Tsumari Koryukan Kinare
Kinare is a complex with an art gallery, hot spring and cafe. It is the main stage of the Echigo Tsumari Art Triennale held every 3 years.
Gala Yuzawa Snow Resort
Niigata's Gala Yuzawa Snow Resort is easily accessible via Shinkansen. The train station is located right at the base of the resort.
Yahiko Jinja Shrine
Located at the sacred 634-meter tall Mount Yahiko in the middle of the Sado Yahiko Quasi-National Park, this Shinto shrine was built about 1300 years ago. Various cultural artifacts, including swords and calligraphy, are exhibited in its treasury. The deity Am
Hakusan Park is located in Niigata and houses various ponds, botanical gardens and a playground.
Hotel Route-Inn Niigata Kencho-minami
Route-Inn Niigata Kencho-minami is just a 10-minute drive from Niigata Shinkansen Station. It offers modern accommodation with a public bath, free parking and free internet. Restaurant Hana-Hana-Tei serves Japanese dinners.
Comfort Hotel Niigata
Just 3 minutes on foot from JR Niigata Station, Comfort Hotel Niigata features free Wi-Fi throughout. Guests can enjoy a complimentary coffee and a simple breakfast. Massages can be requested for an extra cost.
Guesthouse Sanraku is set in Itoigawa, 4 km from Charmant Hiuchi Ski Hill. Views of the mountains or garden is featured in certain rooms. Guests will find a 24-hour front desk and shared kitchen at the property.
Toyoko Inn Niigata Ekimae
Directly connected to JR Niigata Train Station, Toyoko Inn Niigata Ekimae offers rooms with video-on-demand movies, free Wi-Fi and a bathtub. The lobby has free-use internet stations with a printer.
Super Hotel Arai Nigata
Super Hotel Arai Nigata offers accommodation in Myoko. Every room at this japanese-style business hotel is air conditioned and is fitted with a TV. You will find a kettle in the room. Extras include slippers and free toiletries.
Located right in front of Ishiuchi Maruyama Ski Resort, Bears House offers simple rooms and free Wi-Fi is available at the entire property. Guests can refresh at the spacious wooden terrace, which comes with mountain views.
Just a 5-minute drive from Port Ogiko with its free shuttle, Ryokan Kamomeso offers Japanese-style rooms, natural hot spring baths and a sauna. The Japanese-style hotel houses a drinks vending machine and coin-operated laundry fac
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