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Niigata

Leading ski getaway famous for rice and sake

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Fuji Rock Festival 2018

Fuji Rock Festival 2018

Back for its 22nd iteration, this year's Fuji Rock Festival is once again held at its home base, the Naeba Ski Resort in Niigata prefecture, from July 27th - 29th. A stellar lineup of artists will gather for the 22nd iteration of the festival, in..

Niigata Festival

Niigata Festival

True wonder. That’s what the Niigata Festival undoubtedly is. Let’s enter into one of the Japan’s biggest festivals. Summer in Niigata Prefecture rhymes with Hanabi Festivals. Nearly every week, a firework festival is held in one th..

Niigata Festival

Niigata Festival

The Niigata Festival is one of the biggest summer festivals in one of the smaller provincial cities of Japan, making it doubly impactful for the small footprint, with more than 500,000 people attending each year. It combines community spirit and a se..

Areas

Niigata City

Niigata City

Niigata City has a long history as a port city, it is the most populated city in the prefecture, and is the largest coastal city along the Sea of Japan within the island of Honshu. The Shinano River, Japan’s longest river, also runs through the city, giving it the nickname ‘the city of w..

Sado Island

Sado Island

Sado island has a great cultural history which you can encounter on almost every corner. You can experience natural beauty and its rich and evocative past. If you plan to come in the third week of August, you will feel the eternal drumbeat of the earth celebration festival headlined by the world-f..

Dining

Forest Inn Italian Restaurant

Forest Inn Italian Restaurant

Forest Inn Italian Restaurant was my first Italian food place in Japan when I arrived here in 1998. Located in the snow country of Niigata, the restaurant is a popular location for the MBA students of International University of Japan (IUJ) and also ..

Gastro-Tourism in Snow Country

Gastro-Tourism in Snow Country

Snow Country has a rich food culture. It grows some of the best rice in Japan, and brews some of the most famous sake. The pickles are also highly regarded, as preserving food to last through the six winter months was a vital skill. Living off the la..

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..

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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A Journey to Sado Island

A Journey to Sado Island

In September we visited Niigata prefecture and it provided the perfect starting point for our day trip to Sado Island, the sixth largest island in Japan and home to kinzan, the Sado Island gold mine. Despite its beautiful location, the island has bee..

Hunting for Bamboo Shoots in Yuzawa

Hunting for Bamboo Shoots in Yuzawa

Foraging for food in the mountains of Snow Country used to provide an important source of food. Today, it is a hobby enjoyed by many locals. The spring mountain vegetable season has already finished, but once the pink flowers appear on the utsugi shr..

Tokamachi Snow Festival in Niigata

Tokamachi Snow Festival in Niigata

"Snow Festival" - the word in Japan reminds most people of the Sapporo Snow Festival held in the Hokkaido region. However, there are other snow festivals across the island nation and one which is quite near toTokyo (a couple of hours drive..

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About niigata

Okinawa Nagasaki Fukuoka Saga Kumamoto Kagoshima Miyazaki Oita Ehime Kochi Tokushima Kagawa Yamaguchi Hiroshima Okayama Tottori Shimane Hyogo 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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