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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.

    It’s located right on the coast in a wooded area about 20 mins walk from centre. It’s great for children with a short but good dolphin display. Lots of sea life. There is a subsea walkway with fish...

  • Ikutopia Food and Flowers
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    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Chuou-ku Seigorou 336
    Ikutopia is found right next to Toyanogata Lake. It's the perfect relaxation spot with both food and flowers allowing you to relax while enjoying the beautiful scenery and wild birds. There are lots of hands on experiences to try for everyone from children to adults. In the Dietary-Horticulture Center, Children's Creation Center, and Animal Petting Center you can learn all about Niigata's fauna and flora, check out children's works of art, and even pet alpaca and bunny-rabbits. At the KiraKira Restaurant and Market you can buy and eat fresh foods as well as check out the changing seasonal plants and flowers in the large KiraKira Garden.
  • Echigo Hillside National Government Park
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    Nigata Pref. Nagaokashi Miyamotohigashikatamachi 1950-1
    Occupying an extensive site, Echigo Hillside National Government Park has plenty of fun things to do and experience. This is a nature park where visitors can enjoy the beautiful flowers and scenery (which changes with the seasons), experience life in a Satoyama (traditional community-managed forest) habitat, and learn about the different plants and animals that have evolved in concert with human agricultural activity. Visitors can eat in the Rest House, or enjoy an outdoor barbecue. Echigo Hillside National Government Park is located around 10-minute drive from the Nagaoka Interchange of the Hokuriku Expressway.

    Tulips in spring, roses in early summer, cosmos flowers in autumn- this park is beautiful all year round and worth visiting multiple times. Before you come, make sure to check the website and find...

  • 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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    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.

    There is a video here you can watch in English that describes how the shipping history of Sado made this island such a melting pot of culture from around Japan. You can go inside the boat and see...

  • Sado Hangamura Art Museum
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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.

    1984年に旧相川裁判所の建物を利用して開館した版画専門の美術館です。建物は明治の面影を残し、郷愁を感じます。高橋信一氏は、佐渡を版画の島にと佐渡版画運動を展開した人物です。この運動に参加した佐渡在住のアマチュア作家の作品や高橋信一氏の遺作が展示されています。力強い素朴な作品が多く、感銘を受けました。

  • 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.

    Its a little counter-intuitive to seek out a small history museum in a village better known for its ski slopes and rock festival. But if you have any interest in cultural history, this new and...

  • 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.

    公園設施略為簡單,而重點是旁的櫻花道。雖然道路較寬,沒有櫻花隧道的效果,但茂密的櫻花配合樹下的油菜花,足以在慢駛的汽車內享受長達三分鐘的美景。

  • Echigo-Tsumari Satoyama Museum of Contemporary Art, KINARE
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    81 Reviews
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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.

    Echigo Tsumari Satoyama Museum of Contemporary Art, Kinare is the main permanent art exhibit in the area and probably would have been the best place to begin as there were some information...

  • Tsukioka Wakuwaku Farm
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    18 Reviews
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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.

    小さな子連れにはピッタリの農場。中にはウサギとのふれあい広場や都道府県の名前がついたブランコ、レストランと、小規模ながら半日は遊べる場所があります。野菜売り場に併設されたジェラート屋さんのジェラートは、子どもだけでなく大人も楽しめます!

  • Tokamachi City Museum
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    25 Reviews
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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.

    Tokamachi citizens are very proud of their land & culture. The Museum shows in detailed way how life was 5000 years ago. Artifacts such as the famous Earthenware are screened, which is a symbol of...

  • Machiya Gallery Yamakichi
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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.

    古民家を改造したような造りの古い建物で中は ギャラリーや民芸品を売る雑貨屋さんでした。内部は撮影禁止のようです。 建物に特徴があり雰囲気があります

  • Mikawa Tourism Mushroom Farm
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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.

    園内のきのこを採取して、あとから100g100円でお会計するシステムです。 自分の好きなキノコを自由に採れ、キノコの種類も多く、秋にいけば色んな種類が採れますよ。

  • Niigata Prefectural Botanical Garden
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    19 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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    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 City Art Museum
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    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Chuou-ku Nishiohatachou 5191-9
    You’ll find this art museum next to Nishiohata Park in Chuo Ward, Niigata City, Niigata Prefecture. Its collections and exhibitions focuses on contemporary and modern art as well as the works of artists with ties to Niigata. The building was designed by Kunio Maekawa, a Niigata-born architect, in his latest years. The collection consists of over 4,000 items and includes modern art by Bonnard, Rodin, Piccaso, and more, as well as domestic artists such as Yayoi Kusama. Several exhibits are held every year.

    Niigata Art Museum is a 15 minute bus ride from the History Museum - catch the bus on the side street in back. I was drawn by a rarely shown and massive exhibit of Hokusai woodblock prints, stunning...

  • Niigata City History Museum (Minatopia)
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    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Chuou-ku Yanagishimachou 2-10
    At this history museum in Chuo Ward, Niigata City, Niigata Prefecture, you’ll find materials illuminating the history and folk culture of Niigata, which developed along with the sea. The main building adopts a modern Western design used by the second-generation Niigata city hall. Inside, you’ll find a permanent exhibit with the theme “The local sea and locals’ lives,” along with a theater, planned exhibitions, and more. Onsite, there’s also the Former Niigata Customhouse building in the Meiji period, a National Treasure, and the Former Daishi Bank Sumiyoshi-cho Branch, which was completed in 1927. Visitors are allowed entry.

    The buildings are beautiful! Kind of a colonial European vibe, and (for me) they’re especially pretty in the evening. If I remember rightly, the entry fee was ¥300, which is perfectly reasonable...

  • Iyoboya Hall
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    Nigata Pref. Murakamishi Shiomachi 13-34
    In this museum in Murakami City, Niigata Prefecture, themed material regarding Murakami’s specialty product salmon, is on display. In the Murakami dialect, “Iyoboya” means salmon. Visitors can see how the salmon were fished in the Miomote River as well as an introduction to Murakami’s history and culture etc. in the museum. Visitors can also see under water from the observation window made in the distributary of the Miomote River. According to the season, you may encounter the scene of salmon swimming upstream or eggs hatching.

    This is actually a very amusing, clever and cute museum. Nice displays, I love the fish tanks with salamanders and other river critters, plenty of info on salmon, trouts, chars, excellent corridor...

  • NOU BUTAI (Agrarian Stage) Snow-Land Agrarian Culture Center, Matsudai
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    40 Reviews
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    Nigata Pref. Tokamachishi Matsudai 3743-1
    At this comprehensive cultural facility located close to Matsudai Station, visitors can experience Matsudai Snow-Land Agrarian culture and art. In the building, designed by a Dutch architect group, beauty can be felt both indoors and in the outer areas as a single artwork. Inside the hall, you can catch a glimpse the lifestyle of the rural community coexisting with nature as well as an artist space. The satoyama slopes surrounding the museum act as a large field museum, and a number of works by famous artists such as Yayoi Kusama’s “Tsumari in Bloom” are always on display.

    Matsudai Nohbutai in one of the two places in the art field area that is neara train station. Other than a Yayoi Kusama piece just outside Matsudai station and a piece in the side of the rice fields...

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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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