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Niigata

Leading ski getaway famous for rice and sake

About Niigata

Things to do in Niigata

Upcoming Niigata Events

The Minamiuonuma Gourmet Marathon

The Minamiuonuma Gourmet Marathon

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The Minamiuonuma Gourmet Marathon has a picturesque running route, and delicious local eats and drinks at the finish line to enjoy...

Yairo no Mori Park Sunday - Jun 9th 2 ¥5,000
Shirone Kite Battle

Shirone Kite Battle

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The Shirone Kite Festival is an annual event dating back to the mid 1800's. A kite was crashed by residents of Shirone into..

Nakanokuchi Riverbank, Shirone.. Jun 6th - Jun 10th 4 Free
Fuji Rock Festival 2018

Fuji Rock Festival 2018

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Fuji Rock Festival 2018 is being held at Naeba Ski Resort in Niigata prefecture, from July 27 - 29

Naeba Ski Resort Jul 27th - Jul 29th Free

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Where to eat in Niigata

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Cafe A Table

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Cafe A Table is a mom-and-pop style cafe situated in Minamiuonuma, Niigata Prefecture. The rustic and warm cafe serves up main meals,..

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Little M 6

Little M

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Little M is a new addition to the Niigata coffee scene. They have a range of different brews on offer, as well as baked goods and..

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Places to stay in Niigata

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Saifukuji Temple

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Saifukuji Temple is located in Uonuma, Niigata Prefecture, and its grounds look vastly different from summer to winter. Enjoying..

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Uwappara Cosmos Park

Uwappara Cosmos Park

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The Uwappara Cosmos Park in Niigata is a beautiful spot to enjoy cosmos flowers in all their colorful glory. Even outside cosmos..

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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
Region Chubu
Island Honshu
Capital Niigata
Population 2,374,450
Area 12,584.10 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 Prefecture (新潟県, Niigata-ken) 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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