Niigata is situated along the northwest coast of the Sea of Japan in the Chubu Region. The prefectural capital is Niigata City with a population of about 800,000 people. Niigata prefecture is famous for its rice production. Especially the Koshihikari variety, that is considered to be the highest-quality rice produced in Japan. The prefecture is also known for its beautiful nature and hot spring baths.
Some of the most visited sightseeing spots in Niigata.
Sado Island is one of Japan's largest islands and lies off the coast of Niigata Prefecture. Due to the islands remote location it was historically used as a destination for political exiles.
Today, the islands most popular attraction is the annual Earth Celebration. A music festival held by the world renowned Kodo taiko (Japanese drum) group, attracting thousands of visitors every year. The festival is held in and around Ogi town for three days in mid to late August.
Sado Island is located about 50 kilometers off the coast of Niigata Prefecture, and have three port towns that is accessible by ferry. The main port Ryotsui connects to Niigata City all year round, while the smaller Akadomari and Ogi port towns connecting to Teradomari and Naoetsu respectively and are not in use during the winter months.
With around 20 different resorts, Yuzawa is one of the largest and most easily accessible ski areas from Tokyo. Yuzawa is known for its good powder snow and long ski season. With some resorts open from the middle of November to late May. Other than skiing beautiful views, Yuzawa also offers hot spring baths.
The Joetsu Shinkansen connects the Echigo-Yuzawa Station with Tokyo.