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  • Niigata City Aquarium Marinepia Nihonkai (Sea of Japan)
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    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Chuou-ku Nishifunamichou 5932-445
    An aquarium standing along the coast in Nishifunami Town, Chuo Ward, Niigata City, Niigata Prefecture. The Niigata City Aquarium reopened after major renovations in 2013. The aquarium keeps and displays some 20 thousand sea creatures spanning around 500 species. Some of the aquarium’s many highlights include a giant aquarium exhibit modeled after the natural environment of the Sea of Japan, a “marine tunnel” which will make you feel like you’re walking around on the bottom of the ocean, and exhibits introducing the creatures that live in the Shinano River. The aquarium also has popular exhibits presenting waterfront animals such as beavers, river otters, seals, sea otters, and penguins. Exciting dolphin shows are held daily.
  • Naeba Ski Resort
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    4.0
    232 Reviews
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    Nigata Pref. Minamiuonumagunyuzawamachi Mikuni 202
    This resort has close to 20 runs served by 13 gondolas and lifts including Dragondola the world’s longest gondola at 5481 meters. Mt. Naeba is a large ski complex that also includes the Kagura Tashiro Ski Resorts that are connected by gondola. The Naeba Prince Hotel is directly adjacent to the resort grounds. It sees many visitors for the ski resort in the winter and the FUJI ROCK FESTIVAL that is held in the summer.

    Dragondola is highly recommended for autumn! The view is magnificent! fabulous! awesome! gorgeous! It's about 5 km of almost full autumn foliage view in the air! one of the best experience! Bot...

  • Atema Highland Resort BELNATIO
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    3.5
    4 Reviews
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    Nigata Pref. Tokamachishi Tamakawa
    This resort in Tokamachi City, Niigata Prefecture sits between Joetsu Kokusai Ski Area and Nakasato Kiyotsu Ski Resort. The 510-hectare resort features hot springs and a variety of seasonal activities to try, making it a popular destination. The resort's Atema Onsen hot springs spa features alkaline spring waters thought to have effects including relieving nerve and muscle pain. Guests can enjoy the changing scenery of the four seasons from one of its four bathtubs. In addition to all-season activities like swimming in the resort's indoor pool or enjoying soba noodle-making lessons, guests can enjoy a number of seasonal activities. These include indoor soccer, tennis, and canoeing during the green season, and snow activities like skiing during the winter.

    朝夕食はコスモスで、昼食はここでいただきました。コスモスではそばを食べるので、ここではうどんを食べました。

  • Hakusan Park
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    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Chuou-ku Ichibamboridorichou Chisaki
    This is a city park located in the Niigata City urban center near the Niigata City Office, Furumachi old town, and a variety of cultural facilities. Hakusan Park was built in 1873 as one of Japan’s first public parks based on the Dajokan Fukoku (Proclamation by the Grand Council of State). Located directly next to the Niigata Hakusan-jinja Shrine, it is used as a place of rest and relaxation by worshippers. Visitors can walk down the “Yasuragitei” embankment along the Shinanogawa River and pass “Ryutopia,” the Niigata City Performing Arts Center that features a rooftop park.
  • Sado Island’s Ogi Folk Museum, Sengokubune Exhibition Hall
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    19 Reviews
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    Nigata Pref. Sadoshi Shukunegi 270-2
    This museum is located in a wooden schoolhouse built in 1920 that has been preserved as-is. Inside the building which still bears the vestiges of its days as a schoolhouse are displays for a collection of over 30,000 folk materials that have been designated as important tangible folk-cultural properties, including tools and equipment for shipbuilders. During the Hakusan Maru Matsuri festival held every summer, the Hakusan Maru, Japan’s first fully-restored sengokubune (wooden freight ship) that is on display in the museum, is pulled out under human power and an impressive large white sail that is 155 tatami mats in size is raised.

    A nice little museum that features a large wooden commercial vessel from the past. The museum rooms are a bit cluttered but have a great folk feel to them -- a lot of farm and marine implements...

  • Sado Hangamura Art Museum
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    3.5
    9 Reviews
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    Nigata Pref. Sadoshi Aikawakomeyamachi 38-2
    This is a private art museum on Kyomachi-dori Street that richly preserves Sado Kinzan’s history. The elegant building with its red-tiled roof occupies the old Aikawa Court House. Works by the late woodblock print artist and founder of Hangamura Shinichi Takahashi as well as by Hangamura artists are displayed. Visitors would do well to note that the museum is closed from December to February.

    佐渡奉行所の向かいにあります。車の方は奉行所の駐車場に停めるとよいでしょう。入館は有料ですが、巨大な版画や鬼太鼓の版画など、なかなか迫力がありました。建物自体、文化財にもなっている明治時代の建物で見ごたえがあります。版画というのも佐渡らしくてよいのではないでしょうか。

  • Snow Country Museum
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    Nigata Pref. Minamiuonumagunyuzawamachi Yuzawa 354-1
    This is a museum showing the life and history of Yuzawa, that was the backdrop for Yasunari Kawabata's novel The Snow Country. Also displayed are some of Yasunari's beloved items and writings in his own hand, as well as a Japanese-style painting gallery depicting the world from the novel. This museum is located just a 7-minute walk from the Echigo Yuzawa Station.
  • Club Seven
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    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Chuou-ku Higashiborimaedori 8 - Town 1371 Bic Knight Bldg 7 F
    This club is the largest in the prefecture, and covers a wide range of club music genres centered on EDM. The interior is divided into a main floor and lounge floor, making it possible to enjoy yourself no matter the purpose. Be sure to watch the high-quality performances by skilled DJs, rappers and dancers.
  • Nexs Niigata
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    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Chuou-ku Bandai 1-3-1 million cine mall building B1
    This club is the largest in the prefecture and is located inside Bandai City. They have a heavy bass sound system, huge screen and quality lighting equipment. This all enables extraordinary high quality performances with powerful sound pressure. It also operates as a rental space in the daytime that can be used for events such as parties.
  • Ogishiroyama Park
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    Nigata Pref. Sadoshi Ogimachi
    This park is on a former castle hill. The grounds within its old ramparts and foundation have a variety of trees and flowers and locals often come here to relax. About 3,000 camellia bloom from winter to spring, when 500 cherry trees, satsuki azaleas, and other trees and shrubs flower. In summer the park hosts the Earth Celebration, Sado's biggest event, with three days of concerts, markets, workshops, experience programs, and more.
  • Okozu Bunsui Sakura Park
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    Nigata Pref. Tsubameshi Gosengoku 4026-3
    This park is on the banks of the Nishikawa River in Tsubame City, Niigata Prefecture. A huge stone weir that controls the flow of the river is visible from the park. Some of that water is diverted into the park, and there are water facilities that children can play in. There is also playground equipment like swings and slides, and there are nice spots for a rest like an arbor and benches. There are over 600 flowering cherry and other trees that are lit up at night during peak season. The Bunsui Kimono Parade is held during the Tsubame Cherry Blossom Festival on the third Sunday in April.
  • Echigo-Tsumari Satoyama Museum of Contemporary Art, KINARE
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    Nigata Pref. Tokamachishi Honchou 6-71-2
    This museum was founded to promote the region around Tokamachi. It's the main venue for the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale, an intentional art festival held once every three years in Echigo-Tsumari. The building itself was designed by Hiroshi Hara, one of Japan's leading architects. The cubic building has a pond set in its square atrium. During periods other than the art festival, it has a permanent exhibition with various artwork on display. There is also a museum shop and a cafe restaurant fashioned on a Spanish Bar.
  • Tsukioka Wakuwaku Farm
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    Nigata Pref. Shibatashi Tsukioka 408
    This tourism facility operates as a farmer’s market, located in Tsukioka, Shibata City, Niigata Prefecture, with the theme of food education and “local production and local consumption.” At the farmer’s market, local farmers sell fresh vegetables, fruit, flowers, rice and other products. Inside the farm, there are such shops as the farmer’s restaurant, which uses local ingredients aplenty for its buffet, an Italian restaurant, whose firewood kiln-cooked pizza is highly recommended, a handmade soba restaurant and a sweet shop. There are also many facilities that children will enjoy, such as the rabbit-feeding plaza and the largest swing in Japan.
  • Tokamachi City Museum
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    Nigata Pref. Tokamachishi Nishimotochou 1-382-1
    This museum in Tokamachi City, Niigata Prefecture, houses and displays historical and cultural artifacts from Tokamachi based on the theme of “snow, textiles and the Shinano River”. There are a lot of models, dioramas, and archaeological finds etc. displayed in the museum which introduce in chronological order the history of the Jomon period through to modern times. You can also see artifacts relating to Tokamachi textiles which show the tools that were used and resourcefulness of the people in their daily lives in this region of heavy snow. The flame-style pottery, excavated from the Sasayama site in Tokamachi City, Niigata Prefecture, are the most outstanding items exhibited in the museum and have been designated as National Treasures.
  • Machiya Gallery Yamakichi
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    4.5
    5 Reviews
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    Nigata Pref. Murakamishi Sakanamachi 8-4
    Machiya Gallery Yamakichi is a gallery housed within one of the old townhouses, or machiya, which has been designated as one of the nation’s Registered Tangible Cultural Properties. The building still retains the charm of the Edo period with its stylish black tiles and window grills. The gallery mainly handles pieces from local craftsmen and handicrafts made by traditional craftsmen with quite a range on offer such as salted salmon patchwork, and Uetsu shinafu (a kind of woven textile). Inside the building you can see the hearth and living room and also you can see furnishings like the old wooden panels and sliding doors which were fashionable at the time. The nearest station is Murakami Station.

    昨年訪ねた町屋めぐりがとても良かったので今年も訪ねました。風情のある暖簾をくぐると、歴史上に出てくる人物のの土人形。そして、三人官女のいない京都の文化の影響を受けた江戸時代のお雛様が飾られていました。ギャラリーの方がとても穏やかに親切に説明してくれました。

  • Mikawa Tourism Mushroom Farm
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    4.0
    5 Reviews
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    Nigata Pref. Higashikambaragunagamachi Yoshidu 3520
    Visitors at the Mikawa Tourism Mushroom Farm can enjoy looking for mushrooms among the large natural expanse in Aga Town, Higashikanbara County, Niigata Prefecture. Upon arrival visitors receive a bucket from where they can walk around and go mushroom picking. When finished the mushrooms are weighed and paid for. Admission is free. About 10 different varieties of mushroom can be found on the farm depending on the season including shiitake mushrooms, which taste great in the spring, the firm textured eryngii mushrooms, maitake, often referred to as ‘hen of the woods’, oyster mushrooms, and pink oyster mushrooms, not often found in nature. The large canteen overlooking the Casablanca Garden serves all sorts of food made with mushrooms such as mushroom soup and udon noodles, soba and tempura. The barbecue with lots of mushrooms is also very popular.

    ちょっとした旅行で初日に阿賀の里で舟下りして、咲花温泉泊まってからの、2日目帰る前にここに寄りました。 きのこ尽くしできのこ好きにはたまらなかったです。 でも12月中旬から3月末まではやってないので注意です。

  • Niigata Science Museum
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    4.0
    18 Reviews
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    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Chuou-ku Meikeminami 3-1-1
    This large-scale science museum is located in Chuo Ward, Niigata City, Niigata Prefecture. Many of the exhibits encourage direct interaction, allowing visitors to have fun as they learn about the natural sciences. The exhibitions from the first through third floors are divided into the four sections with different themes: Niigata Prefecture’s transformation over time, the natural sciences, science in our lives, and the “mystery plaza.” There’s also a moving dinosaur full-scale model, the largest planetarium on the Japan Sea coast, an outdoors exhibition area where you can experience riding in solar cars, and more, providing plenty for visitors of all ages to enjoy.

    The Niigata science museum located close to the Niigata library is a one day event while in town. There are interesting facts for all ages including a planetarium, science, fossil, kids area where...

  • Niigata Prefectural Botanical Garden
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    4.0
    14 Reviews
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    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Akiha-ku Kanadu 186
    This botanical garden, which contains about 100,000 plants on its expansive grounds, opened in 1998 and is located in Akiha Ward, Niigata City, Niigata Prefecture. Of the three dome-shaped greenhouses, the popular “tropical plant dome” is the largest in the country. Its jungle-like interior houses 4,000 specimens from 550 species, including rare baobab plants and Victoria amazonica. The must-see “Hana to Midori no Stage” has eight exhibitions held throughout the year along with the seasons. The garden features a walkway, allowing you to enjoy the peony garden, azalea garden, herb garden, and more as you stroll.

    I took a friend to the Botanic Gardens in the middle of a very cold and snowy winter. Being able to see colorful flowers and greenery and being able to shed our winter clothes during our walk through...

  • The Niigata Bandaijima Art Museum
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    4.0
    26 Reviews
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    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Chuou-ku Bandaijima 5-1 Toki Messe within the Manijima building 5F
    You’ll find this art museum on the fifth floor of the Toki Messe Bandaijima Building in Chuo Ward, Niigata City, Niigata Prefecture. It is a branch of the Niigata Prefectural Museum of Modern Art in Nagaoka City. Together, both buildings have a combine total of over 6,000 items, including works by artists with ties to Niigata as well as postwar modern art and art from other parts of Asia. There are no permanent exhibitions; about five or six exhibitions are held each year, rotating between planned exhibitions and collection showcases. There’s also a shop where you can purchase illustrated books of the collections and other museum goods.

    I arrived in Niigata after a week in Tokyo, where dual English/Japanese information signs appear in most major museums. So I was disappointed that none existed here, where I went to a temporary...

  • Niigata Prefectural Museum of History
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    4.0
    19 Reviews
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    Nigata Pref. Nagaokashi Sekiharamachi 1 Authority 2247-2
    This large museum, about 10,000 square meters in area, is located in Sekiharamachi, Nagaoka City, Niigata Prefecture. The permanent exhibitions focus on the Jomon period and introduce the folk culture and history of Niigata. The “Jomonjin no Sekai Corner” teaches about the hunter-gatherer lifestyle of the Jomon settlers throughout the seasons. You’ll also find excavation reports and archaeological studies on Jomon culture, models of the covered walkways of Gangi-dori in the snowy Takada region, an explanation of the history of rice-making, and more.

    縄文土器は魅力がある。新幹線長岡駅に展示されているのは知っていた。新幹線長岡駅のは、デジカメで撮ったこともある。しかし、火焔土器が日本で最初に馬高遺跡で見つかったとは知らなかった。火焔土器、王冠土器ともに魅力があり、大英博物館にも、常設展示されているそうな。

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Found along the northwestern coast of Japan, Niigata prefecture is celebrated for its high-quality rice and breathtaking nature, most notably its spectacular mountains, whose white peaks draw in snow sports lovers from far and wide over the winter months. Hit the slopes at Yuzawa, pick out your favourite modern artist at Echigo Tsumari, or take a ferry over to Sado Island for an extra adventure.

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