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Niigata

Leading ski getaway famous for rice and sake

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Upcoming Niigata Events

Hakkai-san Firewalking Festival

Hakkai-san Firewalking Festival

Sunday - Oct 20th

Hakkai-san Firewalking Festival - crossing hot coals barefoot in the mountains of Niigata to ensure health and prosperity

Hakkai-san Son Shrine 1 Free
Urasa Chrysanthemum Festival

Urasa Chrysanthemum Festival

Oct 31st - Nov 10th

Chrysanthemums are Japan's national flower, and there are plenty of them on display at the annual Urasa Chrysanthemum festival..

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Yahiko Chrysanthemum Festival

Yahiko Chrysanthemum Festival

Nov 1st - Nov 24th

The Yahiko Chrysanthemum Festival is held on the grounds of the picturesque Yahiko Shrine. It is the largest chrysanthemum festival..

Yahiko Shrine 4 Free

Where to eat in Niigata

Ikinari-ya, Niigata

Ikinari-ya, Niigata

Tomoko Kamishima

Ikinari-ya is a 300 year old Japanese high-class, traditional restaurant. The restaurant opened in the mid-Edo era, when stylish..

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Places to stay in Niigata

Hotel Futaba

Hotel Futaba

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Hotel Futaba is located a short distance from Echigo Yuzawa station and combines comfortable accommodation with onsen facilities..

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Ojiya Bullfighting Arena

Ojiya Bullfighting Arena

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Enjoy world-class vistas and a tradition that stretches back over 1000 years. Unlike many European variants of the sport, this sumo-esque..

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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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