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Niigata

Leading ski getaway famous for rice and sake

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Dining

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..

Free Soba in Tokamachi, Niigata

Free Soba in Tokamachi, Niigata

Tokamachi is famous for soba and kimono. I found out recently that these two things share a connection. Apparently they both traditionally use funori (a seaweed product) as a binding agent. Mixed in with the soba flour it holds it all together and he..

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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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..

Gon-chan: Melancholy Stones of Naeba

Gon-chan: Melancholy Stones of Naeba

The idea of big stones painted with mournful eyes and a gaze that petrifies -- to welcome and usher visitors to a rock festival venue, in my view, is a charming and an arresting idea.  As I descended the slow-moving bus (at about 9.00 pm) that ..

Echigo Tsumari Art Field

Echigo Tsumari Art Field

Nestled out in the countryside of Niigata prefecture, Echigo Tsumari does not seem to be frequented by foreign travelers in the Tohoku region. A self-proclaimed art field, the Matsudai Nohbutai space literally unites art with nature. Some pieces are ..

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About niigata

Okinawa Nagasaki Fukuoka Saga Kumamoto Kagoshima Miyazaki Oita Ehime Kochi Tokushima Kagawa Yamaguchi Hiroshima Okayama Tottori Shimane Hyogo data-display="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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