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Niigata Festival

As with many summer festivals, the highlight of the Niigata Festival is the fireworks in the evening over the river. On Friday night, there is one of Japan’s largest parades, with 15,000 participants dancing to the same beat in summer kimonos.

Niigata Festival

The Niigata Festival is one of the biggest attraction in the region, and it's well earned! It goes for three days on the first weekend of August (August, 4-6 in 2017), and is one of the most impressive Japanese festival that I’ve seen.

A Guide to Sake in Niigata City

Niigata Prefecture is home to some 90 sake breweries and is famous for producing some of the country’s top quality sake. In Niigata City, the prefecture’s capital and largest city, there are many ways to experience sake from large-scale events, brewery visits, to gourmet dining.

Urasa Station

I was not at all prepared to know what to expect and in Tokyo it was already quite cold when I started my first journey on the Joetsu Shinkansen to Urasa. The weather was clear with no snowfall when we started, and even until 30 minutes before we should arrive at Urasa station, there was no sign of snowflakes. Then the bullet train went inside a tunnel, only to come out on the other side to give me the shock of my life.