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Park / Green Space Spots in Niigata Area

  • Hakusan Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.
  • Ogishiroyama Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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
    1 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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 Hillside National Government Park
    82 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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...

  • Takada Park (site of the former Takada Castle)
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nigata Pref. Jouetsushi Motoshirochou 44-1
    Takada Park was built on the site of what was formerly Takada Castle, a castle built as a residence for Tokugawa Tadateru, the sixth son of Tokugawa Ieyasu; the entire Park has been designated as an official Historic Site by Niigata Prefectural Government. A variety of cultural and sporting facilities are located within Takada Park, including the reconstructed Sanju-yagura (three-tiered tower) of the old Takada Castle, the Castle Museum, the Kobayashi Kokei Memorial Museum of Art, Takada Library, and the Mimei Ogawa Literature Museum (located inside the Library), making the Park a favorite place for local residents to spend their leisure time. With around 4,000 cherry trees, Takada Park is also a popular spot for viewing the cherry blossom in spring. Takada Park is located around eight- minute drive from Takada Station on the Myoko Haneuma Line.
  • Tsukioka Karion Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nigata Pref. Shibatashi Tsukiokaonsen 827
    To reach this park you can take a 10-minute bus from Tsukioka Station on the JR Uetsu Main Line, then walk two-minutes, or a 10-minute walk north-west from Tsukioka-Onsen. This multi-purpose green space is symbolized by Karion Tower and is one of the 100 most sacred places for couples in the country. During the spring the park is awash with the colors of the sakura cherry blossoms and the rapeseed flowers. There are lots of ways to enjoy yourself in the park including play equipment for children, a hall housing a sword collection, including blades by Tsukioka's own living national treasure Amata Akitsugu, and a glass studio where you can try making your own glass creations.
  • Sakata (Sakata Park)
    Travel / Tourism
    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Nishi-ku Akatsuka 5404-1
    10 minutes by car from Echigo-Akatsuka Station on the JR Echigo Line, this is one of the largest sand-beach lakes in the prefecture and is made up of two different sized lagoons. Located inside the area of the Sado-Yahiko-Yoneyama Quasi-National Park, in winter it's a popular spot for migratory birds like ducks and more. It's also home to the most overwintering tundra swans in Japan. The lake is registered in the Ramsar Convention, and in summer hosts rare and valuable aquatic plants like oval-leafed pondweed and east Asian yellow water-lily. The park has the Sakata Water Bird & Wetland Center, Natural Ecosystem Observation Park, walking trails and a lawn space, and can be reached by bicycle with free bicycle rentals from in front of Echigo-Akatsuka Station.
  • Hyokosuikin Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nigata Pref. Aganoshi Suibara 313-1
    This park is 30 minute walk or five minute drive from Suibara Station on JR Uetsu Main Line. This park commands a view of Lake Hyo, a designated Natural National Monument and swan stopping area. There are an observation hut for wild bird watching and maintained walkways, and in winter you can observe many wild birds including swans. Around June, the Ayame Garden blooms with over 500,000 examples of 200 kinds of Iris, and in other seasons the area blossoms with sakura, hydrangea, and lotus flowers, making it a very special place for local residents.
  • Yukyuzan Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nigata Pref. Nagaokashi Oyamachou 80-5
    This urban park is located on National Route 353, east of the JR Nagaoka Station. It is also known as Oyama, and inside the park is a mini zoo and a play area for children. It is also a famous flower-viewing spot with approximately 2,500 cherry trees, with different types of tree, such as Yoshino cherry trees, weeping cherry trees and double-flowered cherry trees. Every spring, the Yukyuzan cherry blossom festival is held here, and in the evening, the trees are lit up and the park fills with crowds of tourists. In addition to the cherry blossoms, there are also flowers and trees such as irises and Japanese maple trees planted here, making the park a popular place for locals to relax throughout all four seasons.
  • Yahiko Park
    72 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nigata Pref. Nishikambaragunyahikomura Yahiko 667-1
    This park is located just outside the JR Yahiko Station, and covers an area of 160,000 square meters. There is an abundance of nature in the park for visitors to enjoy, with a waterfall and mountain streams, and seasonal flowers such as azaleas and irises. The highlight of the park is the Kangetsukyo bridge in the Maple Valley, which was modeled on the old wooden bridge. In the fall, the entire area is famous for how it turns red with a sea of autumn leaves, which harmonize perfectly with the red of the bridge. And in the evening, the park is lit up, making it a popular place for tourists to visit. There are also tennis courts and playground equipment in the park, which can be enjoyed by parents and children.

    we spent half a day at the park on 12-Nov. The fall colors were amazing! its right next to the Yahiko shrine, so, you can hit both sites at one stop. There were a few tour groups at 3pm. I suggest...

  • Uwasekigata Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Nishikan-ku Matsuno 1
    This urban, and yet very spacious park is located 15 minutes by car from the JR Echigo Line's Maki Station in Niigata City, Niigata Prefecture. In addition to the log house rest area and play area, which can be enjoyed by families with children, there is also a barbeque facility that can be used free of charge. The four seasons can be enjoyed all throughout the year in the park lawn and the promenade, with 450 cherry trees and tulips blooming in the spring, and cosmos and other seasonal flowers in the autumn. In the autumn, the Wara Art Festival is held every year, where rice straw art works are displayed.
  • Ikutopia Food and Flowers
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.
  • Kamoyama Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nigata Pref. Kamoshi Kamo
    This large city park is near Aomi-jinja Shrine is just a five-minute walk from Kamo Station. You'd never think the city would have such a peaceful park but it stands over 15 hectares in size and is abundant with nature. Among the 1,300 plants covering almost 100 different types you'll find the snow camellia, which blooms in the spring at the same time as the cherry blossoms to the delight of visiting park-goers. There is also a sculpture forest with 16 different sculptures chosen from around the country and in the chipmunk garden you can meet some of the chipmunks that scurry about the park.
  • Muramatsu Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nigata Pref. Gosenshi Ishizone Haguara
    This park is adjacent to the Gosen-City Muramatsu Athletics Field. It was established in October of 1906 as a commemoration of the Russo-Japanese War and was selected by citizens as number three of the top 100 Niigata locations of beauty. From mid-March to mid-April you'll find light purple bird's-eye primrose planted by the locals along the paths. The almost 3,000 cherry trees leading to the park has made this one of Japan's top 100 famous cherry blossom locations. You'll also find azaleas, tree peonies, and hydrangeas as well as beautiful fall colors in autumn leading to the park's moniker, Flower Park.
  • Fukushimagata Lagoon Water Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Kita-ku Maeshinden Party B 493
    This nature park is home to over 220 breeds of wild bird and over 450 types of vegetation. At a size of 262 hectares it contains Niigata's largest lake and has been chosen as one of Japan's top 100 natural areas, one of Niigata's top 100 places of natural beauty, and as one of the top 100 nature walks. The park is also the natural wintering spot for the bean goose and from late September to the following March over 5,000 birds will flock to the park. The park is also the native home to the foxnut plant which can grow up to two meters large.
  • Shibata Castle Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nigata Pref. Shibatashi Otemachi
    This park is a 15-minute drive from the Seiro-Shibata Interchange on the Nihonkai-Tohoku Expressway and is the site of Shibata Castle. It is a famous place to come during cherry blossom season with 260 Yoshino cherry trees and another 30 double-flowered cherries trees growing on the grounds. Every year mid-April when the cherry trees are blooming the flowers and the castle are lit up at night providing a magical view. Also, every January there is a zoni (rice cake soup) making event drawing traditional chefs from throughout the country.
  • Ijimino Park
    19 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nigata Pref. Shibatashi Ijimino
    This park is a 10-minute drive from JR Shibata Station and can be enjoyed year-round no matter the season. During cherry blossom season the blossoms encircle Masugata pond and the pond can also be used for athletic activities and fishing. During the summer 600 thousand irises bloom covering 300 breeds and the Shibata Iris Festival always draws lots of tourists. In the fall the mountains surrounding Ijimino Park are ablaze with autumn colors and during the winter swans migrate to the park.

    We made a morning 30-minute train trip from Niigata to Shibata to see the spectacular Iris garden at Ijimino. Our attention focused on admiring the hundreds of flowers in full bloom so we did not...

  • Yahiko Summit Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nigata Pref. Nishikambaragunyahikomura Yahiko Mountain peak 3606-5
    This mountaintop park is a five-minute cable car ride from Yahikoyama Ropeway's lower end station located in the back of Yahiko Shrine. The spacious park, located nine tenths up Mt. Yahiko, features a 100-meter-tall panoramic tower and a restaurant with stunning views. It is popular for its scenic views of the Sea of Japan and the natural beauty of Mt. Yahiko. It is also famous as a spot for watching the sunset and enjoying the nighttime views. Visitors can also ride the unusual inclined elevator located on the park's walking path.
  • Senami Sasagawa-Nagare Awashima Prefectural Nature Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Murakami City, Niigata Prefecture
    This nature park is in the center of Sasagawanagare. The coastline looks out at the Sea of Japan and stretches almost 80 kilometers from Senami Hotsprings in Murakami City to the edge of Yamagata, including Awashima Island. It's characterized by its dynamic coastline as created by the rough crashing waves. Sasagawanagare has also been designated as one of the country's national natural treasures, famous for a series of giant oddly shaped boulders scattered along the coastline. Along the Senami coastline you'll find lots of recreation areas for tourists including hot spring baths, beaches, and campgrounds. Also, Awashima Island, which floats almost 20 kilometers off shore of Sasagawanagare, is home to the streaked shearwater and is famous as a fishing location for sea bream.
  • Nagaike Ikoi no Mori Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nigata Pref. Tainaishi Tsuiji
    This park is a five-minute drive from Nakajo Interchange. The nature conservation-themed park, most of which is inside either the Forest Zone that surrounds Nagaike Pond or the Flower Garden Zone where tulips and rapeseed flowers bloom, is a place for people to learn, play, and rest. The park's facilities include a cooking area for barbeques and cookouts, a promenade for forest bathing, a rest area where you can enjoy bird songs and the changing scenery of Japan's four seasons, and a farmer's market that offers fresh local produce, flowers, and processed foods. The park hosts a Tulip Festival when its tulips bloom in mid-April.

Niigata Areas


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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