NiigataNiigata prefecture has a long coastline facing the sea of Japan, because of this it was a critical port area during the Edo period in the 17th and 18th centuries. These days Niigata is famous for skiing, hot springs, fresh seafood, rice and sake (rice wine). In fact, most of Japan’s top sake brands are brewed here. Sado Island is also a part of Niigata and is one of Japan’s largest islands apart from the main four, Honshu, Kyushu, Shikoku and Hokkaido. Sado hosts the internationally popular Earth Celebration, an annual music festival featuring the locally born, globally famous Kodo Taiko (drumming) group. Another famous Niigata tradition is celebrating the summer season with elaborate firework festivals. Niigata prefecture is great to visit through all four seasons and offers cultural, culinary, and artistic experiences for the adventurous traveler.
Ponshukan Sake Museum
This restaurant, museum and sake bar is located in Niigata, which is known for having the biggest variety of sake factories in Japan. Ponshukan has two floors visitors can visit. The first floor is a restaurant, while the third floor is a sake museum which has
Nagaoka Fireworks Festival
Nagaoka Fireworks Festival is a two-day event held along the banks of the Shinanogawa River.
Echigo Tsumari Koryukan Kinare
Kinare is a complex with an art gallery, hot spring and cafe. It is the main stage of the Echigo Tsumari Art Triennale held every 3 years.
Hakusan Park is located in Niigata and houses various ponds, botanical gardens and a playground.
Cave D'Occi Winery
This winery is located near the base of Mount Kakuda and features activities like dining, shopping and wine tours. The establishment also offers a winery management program and can host wedding ceremonies.
Sado Gold Mine
The historic site of the Sado Gold Mine is located on the western coast of Sado island.
Located about a 10-15 minute walk from Yoshida Station on the Yahiko line, this drip coffee shop cum cafe cum gift shop shares its premises with a hairdresser and spa salon, Paris Ravissant. The gift shop part of the store sells curated made-in-Niigata and int
APA Hotel Tsubame-Sanjo Ekimae
Just a 2-minute walk from JR Tsubame-Sanjo Train Station and a 10-minute drive from Honjo-ji Temple, APA Hotel Tsubame-Sanjo Ekimae has massages and a Japanese breakfast. The air-conditioned rooms include a 32-inch LCD TV and fre
Niigata Terminal Hotel
Featuring simple Western-style rooms, Niigata Terminal Hotel is only a 3-minute walk from JR Niigata Train Station. Guests can use free wired internet in their rooms and request relaxing massages for an extra cost.
Akakura Kanko Hotel
Next door to Akakura Kanko Ski Resort, Akakura Kanko Hotel boasts a golf course, a tennis court and a spa centre. It features a top-floor terrace with panoramic views, 3 restaurants and hot spring baths. Free Wi-Fi is available.
Comfort Hotel Niigata
Just 3 minutes on foot from JR Niigata Station, Comfort Hotel Niigata features free Wi-Fi throughout. Guests can enjoy a complimentary coffee and a simple breakfast. Massages can be requested for an extra cost.
Tennen Onsen Taho-no-Yu Dormy Inn Niigata
Just a 6-minute walk from JR Niigata Station, Tennen Onsen Taho-no-Yu Dormy Inn Niigata offers modern rooms with private bathroom, free internet access and an open-air public bath.
Hotel Familio Sadoaikawa
Boasting a hot spring bath and guestrooms with sea views, Hotel Familio Sadoaikawa is set in Sado. Guests can enjoy beverages at the on-site snack bar. Free WiFi is available. Each room comes with a flat-screen TV and an electric
Art Hotel Joetsu
Offering a beer garden, 2 restaurants, concierge and massage services, Art Hotel Joetsu is 250 metres from Takada Train Station. The modern rooms have a flat-screen satellite TV and free wired internet.
These 5 Japan Fall Views Will Take Your Breath Away
As summer comes to a close, we look ahead to the upcoming autumn season. Along with the (much welcomed) cooler temps, the fall season blankets all of Japan with vibrant shades of reds and yellows. Known as koyo in Japanese, the colorful foliage first appears i