Coast / Beach Spots in Niigata Area

  • Jade Coast
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    Nigata Pref. Itoigawashi Oshiage 1
    Approximately a ten-minute walk from the Echigo Tokimeki Railway's Itoigawa Station, the incredible variety of stones on this shingle beach are brought downstream by the river. The flowing water smooths the edges of the stones, and occasionally, Jade can be found mixed in with the rounded stones, being carried through the city by the Himekawa River. If a person is lucky enough to find some, they are allowed to take it with them. In addition to Jade, other beautiful stones and precious stones can sometimes be found in the river, and you can ask for the stones to be appraised at the Fossa Magna Museum in Miyama Park in the city.
  • Lavender Beach
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    Nigata Pref. Itoigawashi Teraji
    Lavender Beach is part of Omi Coast Geosite, about a 14-minute walk from Itoigawa Station in the city of Itoigawa, Niigata Prefecture. The beach gets its name from the lavender-colored jade that can be found there. The open area near the beach contains the statue of Nunakawa-Hime, a ruler in Jomon Period, and the relief that portray the processing steps of jade. Beachcombers can find all kinds of stones other than jade, and it is a great place to find a unique stone for one's self.
  • Sado Ogi Coast
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    Niigata Sado-shi
    A coastal road runs from Shiroyama in the Ogi District, along the southern end of Sado for approximately 16 kilometers to Kamikoiwa in Sawazaki. The scenery, created by numerous outcroppings and depressions, has been designated a National Monument and Scenic Spot. The coast is dotted with dozens of large and small caves eroded by the sea, the waves, or the wind, so this area is also valuable from an academic, geological point of view. In addition, the pillow lava in the Sawazakihana area is remarkable for its extent and high quality, and it has been noted as a piece of world Geological Heritage. The reef area is also famous for Isonegi Fishing Area, with its “taraibune” (“barrel boats”) available for short excursions.
  • Nanaura Beach
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    Nigata Pref. Sadoshi
    Nanaura Beach is a rugged rocky coastline stretching for about 10 kilometers from Futami to Kabuse in Sado City, Niigata Prefecture. The contrast between the sunset-lit ocean and the black shadows of the rocks is beautiful and it is no surprise that it has been chosen for the 100 Best Sunsets in Japan. Among these, the scenery of the setting sun at Cape Nagate in Tachibana and that at Kasugazaki are simply sublime. The two large rocks called meoto-iwa (husband-and-wife rocks), which according to the Kojiki (the oldest extant chronicle in Japan) is where the nation came into being, is also a must-see.
  • Kujiranami and Omigawa Beaches
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    Nigata Pref. Kashiwazakishi Kujiranami Qinghai River
    Just a one-minute walk from JR Kujiranami Station, these beaches represent Niigata in the list of Japan's top 100 beaches. With their easy access from JR Kujiranami Station they draw numerous visitors from all over the country. The road from the station to the beach is lined with shops and during beach season is packed with people. And with the lifeguards on duty coming from the Air-sea rescue team you can bring your children for a dip in the sea without worry. The shore is a reef area scattered with rocks making the beach from Kujiranami to the mouth of the Oumi River a picturesque view, and the beach is known as a wonderful spot to view the setting sun.
  • Kakuda Hama
    Travel / Tourism
    Niigata Niigata-shi Nishikan-ku
  • Ishiji Kaigan
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    Niigata Kashiwazaki-shi Nishiyamacho Ishiji
  • Gokokujinja Surrounding area no Kaigan
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    Niigata Niigata-shi Chuo-ku Sekiya
  • Omakuba
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    Nigata Pref. Murakamishi Makinome
  • Senkaku Bay
    Travel / Tourism
    Niigata Sado-shi Kitaebisu
  • Cult Pier Beach
    Travel / Tourism
    Nigata Pref. Sadoshi Hamochikamewaki
  • Seashore Hama
    Travel / Tourism
    Niigata Niigata-shi Nishikan-ku
  • Ogi Kaigan
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    Niigata Sado-shi
  • Maehama
    Travel / Tourism
    Niigata
  • Ikarashi Hama
    Travel / Tourism
    Niigata Niigata-shi Nishi-ku Ikarashininocho
  • Koshi no Nagahama
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    Niigata Sado-shi
  • Naga Ishihama
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    Niigata Sado-shi
  • Yoriihama
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    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Chuou-ku Nishifunamichou
  • Sado Kaifu Kaigan
    Travel / Tourism
    Niigata Sado-shi
  • Sotokaifu Kaigan
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    Niigata Sado-shi

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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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