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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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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.Read more

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Sado Gold Mine

The historic site of the Sado Gold Mine is located on the western coast of Sado island.Read more

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Sado Bugyosho

Sado Bugyosho was built in 1603 as the Shogunate's magistrate office.Read more

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Naeba Igloo Festival

The Naeba Igloo Festival is held on the premises of the Naeba Ski Resort every year in January.Read more

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    Sado History Museum

    Sado History Museum displays documents and artifacts related to the history of Sado Island.Read more

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    Niigata Saitou Villa

    Opened to the public in 2012, this Japanese villa was the former summer residence of a wealthy merchant and descendant of one of Niigata prefecture...Read more

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    Sankaku (Triangle) House

    The Sankaku House is a restored historic site in Shukunegi in the shape of a triangle.Read more

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