What to do and see in Niigata Prefecture, Chubu: The Best Places and Tips

Niigata Prefecture (新潟県, Niigata-ken) is a prefecture of Japan located on the island of Honshu on the coast of the Sea of Japan. The capital is the city of Niigata with which it shares the same name.

1. Imayo Tsukasa Sake Brewery

1-1 Kagamigaoka, Chuo-ku, Niigata 950-0074, Niigata Prefecture Food & Drink, Breweries
Excellent
68%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 129 reviews

Imayo Tsukasa Sake Brewery

For foreign customers : You can enjoy tax-free shopping in our shop from June 1, 2018! Imayo Tsukasa started as an inn and sake shop. From the late Edo period to the early Meiji era, Niigata was said to have a higher population than Edo. Since the middle of the Meiji era Imayo Tsukasa has been a fully dedicated sake brewery. The Niigata soil was fertile, the Agano water was clean, and we built a facility in Nuttari, a hub for Japanese fermented goods like miso, sake and soy sauce. Wanting to review our brand and reflect on our brewing method, In 2006 Imayo Tsukasa vowed to be an “only-junmai” company. It’s not easy. Because you can’t add anything to adjust taste or alcohol content, you have to take extra special care of the rice in every step of the process. We value the importance of producing nothing but high-level sake, working hard to make only premium sake. These include Junmai Daiginjo, Junmai Ginjo and Junmaishu.

Reviewed By Wolverleyman - Kidderminster, United KingdomKidderminster, United Kingdom

Excellent

We made arrangements beforehand with Jarom, who came in on his day off to show us around. Very informative & fascinating.The brewery is having a make-over at present, should be good when completed.Contact the brewery before you set off to ensure you have

2. Marinepia Nihonkai

5932-445 Nishifunami-cho, Chuo-ku, Niigata 951-8101, Niigata Prefecture Nature & Parks, Zoos & Aquariums
Excellent
32%
Good
53%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 175 reviews

Marinepia Nihonkai

Reviewed By Viola N - Budapest, HungaryBudapest, Hungary

Best thing in Niigata

I found the city of Niigata quite boring when I went there for a conference but this place was really awesome! It's not expensive compared to other similar places in Japan (1080 yen for adults) and it keeps you entertained for 2-3 hours easily.Lot of the

3. Befco Bakauke Observatory Room

5-1 Bandaijima Chuoku | 31F Bandaijima Building, Niigata 950-0078, Niigata Prefecture Sights & Landmarks, Observation Decks & Towers
Excellent
31%
Good
53%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 306 reviews

Befco Bakauke Observatory Room

Reviewed By Keizo - Kawasaki, JapanKawasaki, Japan

Free of charge viewing from the 31 st floor

You can go up to the 31st floor of Hotel Nikko Niigata building next to Toki Messe. You can enjoy great view of Niigata free of charge so you should not miss this place while in Niigata. Available from 8 a.m. You can ride in a bus from Niigata JR Station

4. Nagaoka Festival Grand Fireworks

Nagaoka, Niigata Prefecture Events, Seasonal Fireworks
Excellent
88%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 90 reviews

Nagaoka Festival Grand Fireworks

One of the three great fireworks festivals of Japan, this is the main event that heralds the finale of the Nagaoka Festival. It was selected in 2016 as No.1 fireworks events, as chosen by noted fireworks experts. A must-see is a super-massive ball of fireworks, the "star mine," which is a congeries of five different-colored fireworks launched from five angles, and select Ju-go tama balls crafted by each fireworks veteran, with crowd-pleasing designs. A total of 20,000 fireworks are launched, and attendees number close to one million. The Nagaoka Festival itself was launched in 1946 as the Nagaoka Recovery Festival, a prayer for recovery after the August 1, 1945 air raids.

Reviewed By yrtx4e - Toronto, CanadaToronto, Canada

Magnificiently Spectacular

spectacular. Must procure tickets early. tens of thousand spectators orderly participate the Hanabi.. No chaos, ImpressiveBook hotel 3 mths early still we ended up stayed in Niigata

5. Ponshukan

2427-3 Yuzawa, Yuzawa-machi, Minamiuonuma-gun 949-6101, Niigata Prefecture Sights & Landmarks, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Excellent
43%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 297 reviews

Ponshukan

Reviewed By hav4wannatravel - Manila, PhilippinesManila, Philippines

Nice little stopover for the curious alcohol drinker

Must've been a couple of hundred different brands of sake.Both cold and hot. Cheap tasting portions. They have it for sale if you care to buy. Interesting activity which I wouldn't really want to do anywhere else except sake central anyway (I'm not a sake

6. Echigo Hillside Park

Nagaoka, Niigata Prefecture Nature & Parks
Excellent
42%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 77 reviews

Echigo Hillside Park

Reviewed By yrtx4e - Toronto, CanadaToronto, Canada

A relaxing walk in the mountain

cable cars and aero are free ..Panoramic view of the area.a 2-3 hour activity one hour train from Niigata

7. Kitazawa Fuyusenkojo Remains

3-2 Kitazawacho, Sado 952-0000, Niigata Prefecture Sights & Landmarks, Mines, Historic Sites
Excellent
54%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 61 reviews

Kitazawa Fuyusenkojo Remains

Reviewed By sophiec67 - Paris, FranceParis, France

A film location!

A completely abandoned place but kept as such for visitors to admire, which could very well fit into a Sci-fi or action movie. Free to see but no visit inside as it is crumbling down and too dangerous.

8. Kasugayama Castle

Nakayashiki, Kasugayama, Joetsu 943-0819, Niigata Prefecture Nature & Parks, Mountains
Excellent
38%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 109 reviews

Kasugayama Castle

Reviewed By Jason Z - Montague, MichiganMontague, Michigan

Excellent work out

A very nice experience of the Joetsu area and Japan in general. Excellent hiking around the levels of the castle! Tons of unique scultures and shrines to see. Bring water and your hiking shoes. It's a good work out if you want it to be! I was one of the f

9. Fossa Magna Museum

1313 Ichinomiya, Itoigawa 941-0056, Niigata Prefecture Museums, Natural History Museums
Excellent
29%
Good
56%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 57 reviews

Fossa Magna Museum

Reviewed By kobekko - KobeKobe

Learn the history of jade jewel that dates back more than 7,000 years ago in Japan.

We tend to associate the culture of Jade with China, and this museum tells us otherwise. Jade as a stone was formed about 500 million years ago, but its use as jewel originated in Japan about 7,000 years ago. This history was substantiated by the recent d

10. Kagura Ski Resort

742 Mitsumata, Yuzawa-machi, Minamiuonuma-gun 949-6211, Niigata Prefecture Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities, Ski & Snowboard Areas
Excellent
42%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 209 reviews

Kagura Ski Resort

The biggest draw of Kagura is great powder snow due to its high altitude. The ski area also has easy access to the backcountry area that attracts expert riders from all over the world. Stay at Wada Goya, a mountain hut on the ski hill, and enjoy the pure first track in the morning.

Reviewed By Raymond_DELAYNOMORE - Hong Kong, ChinaHong Kong, China

Longer and flatter slope great for ski, great for Advance and beginners.

We lived in Naeba Prince hotel during Christmas time. The ski resort of Naeba is not too big but once combine with Kagura that’s the size like Niseko! The short come you have to take bus to go there although is only 20 min, or you can and must try to the

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