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Niigata Articles

Top 5 Things To Do In Tokamachi: Japan’s Hidden Kimono City in Niigata Prefecture

When the word “kimono” comes up in conversation, many will immediately think of Japan and more specifically, Kyoto. And if that person knows alot about Japan, they may even know about Kanazawa as a huge kimono city. But very few people know that To

5 reasons to visit Niigata Prefecture

If you want to see a different side of Japan, you might want to head away from the large city centers and branch out a little bit. Niigata is one of my favorite prefectures for both smaller city life and also the chance to enjoy wide open spaces and getting aw

These 5 Japan Fall Views Will Take Your Breath Away

As summer comes to a close, we look ahead to the upcoming autumn season. Along with the (much welcomed) cooler temps, the fall season blankets all of Japan with vibrant shades of reds and yellows. Known as koyo in Japanese, the colorful foliage first appears i

A View of Yahiko From Above

Visiting a village is probably not the first thing to occur to most non-Japanese seeking a fun time in Japan. How unfortunate. Some of the country’s best-kept secrets are to be found tucked away in little, unassuming places where the legends are grand, the env

Three Teatime Tales In Yahiko Village

Whenever I’m recounting a story that’s precious to me, whether I tell it through a text message to my sister or a blog post, I somehow find myself often mentioning drinking tea or coffee. The reasons for this storytelling with beverages are firstly because I d

Yahiko Jinja Shrine: Power Spot in Japan

Upon returning home to Tokyo from a recent trip to Yahiko, a quiet village in Niigata Prefecture, I wrote a Japanese friend, recounting my travels. I told her of the open fields and blue skies of the Niigata countryside, with views that go on for miles. I went

All you need to know... Sado Island

Shaped like a wonky yo-yo floating in the sea off the west of Honshu, Sado Island is a place of drama. Centuries ago, the island was somewhere you were not expected to return from. Exile there was nearly as bad as a death sentence. A deposed emperor, poet and

5 Tips for Fun at Fuji Rock

Hey, music fans! Only about a week to go until Fuji Rock, Japan's largest outdoor music festival. If you are headed to the wilds of Niigata for three days of muddy musical madness, we've got some tips to make sure you party like a pro. Fuji Rock Tent City --

Access to Yahiko Village and Surrounding Area

Yahiko is a small town in Niigata Prefecture with over 1000 years of history. Located 2-3 hours away from Tokyo, this historic cultural centre is a compact experience of rural Japan. Because of Japan's world-class Shinkansen (bullet train) system, rural areas

My Japan is... Hidden Gems and Rural Communities

In an ongoing series of mini-posts we ask our most passionate Odigo writers “What is your Japan? ” in words and photos.My Japan Is…My Japan can be found along the backstreets and in rural hamlets, in artisans’ workshops and around my neighbours’ kotatsu (Japan

Rental Car and Taxi Information for Yahiko Area

Transportation in Yahiko and the surrounding areas is very different from the fast-paced capital city Tokyo. Trains and buses are few and far between (see here for more information), and many must-see destinations are located outside downtown Yahiko. A car is

Sake Old & New: Kaetsu Sake Brewery

By ODIGO Contributor EMMA PARKER Dr Shunichi Sato and Yoshiko Sato enjoy nothing more than explaining their expertise in sake brewing to willing listeners, they will show you all around the extensive compound where they carry out the entire brewing process, fr

Discover Japan: Three Days in Niigata

By ODIGO Contributor CHIARA TERZUOLO  'You are going where?!''Niigata.''.... who goes to Niigata?!' My colleagues are now resigned to the fact that my vacation destinations are always a far cry from the famous locales we spend our time promoting. Niigata is in