Wetland / Marshland Spots in Niigata Area

  • Otowa Pond
    Travel / Tourism
    Niigata Sado-shi Yamada
    Visitors touring Sado’s lakes and reservoirs should not miss this pond. Driving along the Osado Skyline Drive and continuing about 600 meters through a wooded stretch near Odaira Highland, one sees a mystical-looking natural pond. More than 200 species of plants flourish around this pond, and in the middle is Japan’s largest multilayer floating marsh island. It is the only natural pond surrounded by natural growth in the prefecture that has such an island. There is a heart-shaped hole in the island, which is said to be a natural birdbath. The name “Maiden Pond,” comes from a legend about a beautiful maiden who was taken into the water after being seen by the giant snake who was master of the pond.
  • Shimizugaike Pond
    Travel / Tourism
    Sasagaken Peak Plateau in Myoko, Niigata Prefecture
    The pond Shimizugaike is located next to Sasagamine Farm in Suginosawa, Myoko City. Standing by the Pond, there are beautiful views of Sasagamine Farm and of the nearby landscape. The Pond is situated around 15-minute walk from Sasagamine Greenhouse; there are two footpaths giving access to the Pond, one that goes through the Norway spruce forest and another that runs along the edge of Sasagamine Farm. Visitors can enjoy the natural beauty of the Sasagamine highlands.
  • Komatsubara Marsh
    Travel / Tourism
    Niigata Tokamachi-shi

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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