Niigata

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Introduction

Niigata 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.


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Located in central Niigata Prefecture and abutting the Sea of Japan, Yahiko Village is considered one of Japan's most sacred areas. According to legend, the great grandson of Shinto Japan's founding deity, Amaterasu-omikami, settled here. The god helped establish regional Echigo agriculture. Tod...
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Mention Sado Island, and August's internationally famous Earth Celebration event and related taiko drumming will likely spring to mind. But to dismiss the island the rest of the year is a great disservice. Nature lovers, history enthusiasts and fans of the performing arts will all find something ...

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