Other Natural Terrain Spots in Niigata Area

  • Hoshitoge terraced rice fields
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    Nigata Pref. Tokamachishi Touge
    At Hoshitoge, around 200 tanada (terraced rice fields) of different sizes dot the slopes; the appearance of the landscape changes with the seasons and with the time of day. During the period when the “Sea of Clouds” effect and the “Mizukagami” phenomenon (whereby the surface of the flooded rice fields shines like a mirror) are most common, the Hoshitoge area receives large numbers of tourists from throughout Japan. However, the fields are located on working farms, so visitors are asked to be respectful and considerate. The Hoshitoge terraced rice fields are located around 20-minute walk from Matsudai Station on the Hokuetsu Express Hokuhoku Line.
  • Toki Forest Park
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    Nigata Pref. Sadoshi Nibonagaune 383-2
    The Toki Forest Park is situated next to the Sado Toki Conservation Center in Sado City, Niigata Prefecture. There are a number of different facilities dotted about the place relating to the crested ibis, or “toki”, designated a National Natural Monument. The Toki Rapport Plaza, complete with large breeding cages, enables visitors to see the toki up close. The Toki Materials Exhibition Hall highlights the conservation work surrounding toki through the use of panels, audio-visual materials and specimens, and the Observation Gallery enables visitors to observe the crested ibises in the Sado Toki Conservation Center through the windows.
  • Sai no Kawara Grotto
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    Niigata Sado-shi Negai
    A walking path connects Sado’s wondrous Onokame and Futatsukame rocks. This sea cave, situated along the path, was formed via erosion caused by the waves of the Sea of Japan and is filled with countless stone Jizo statues. Visitors to this sacred area can only hear the sound of wind and waves, and some call the seaside path the boundary with the underworld. The cave has been seen as a sacred place since ancient times and is believed to be a gathering place for the spirits of children who passed away at a young age. During the Sai no Kawara Festival, held once a year, Buddhist mantras are intoned and offerings of food are made with the hungry ghosts and spirits of newborns suffering hunger and thirst, with more than 200 faithful and supporters attending.
  • Hiranezaki Marine Potholes
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    Niigata Sado-shi Tochu
    These rocks are found along the Hiranezaki Coast. Around 80 large and small turtle-shaped pot holes can be seen along a slope of about 500 meters, all of them created and polished by waves. These kinds of pot holes are a common sight along Sado’s coast, but the ones at Hiranezaki are the largest. Fourteen of them are two meters or more in diameter, and some are three meters deep. These pot holes, which are valuable examples of the force of the waves in the Sea of Japan, have been designated a National Monument.
  • Iwakubi Shoryutanada
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    Nigata Pref. Sadoshi Iwakubi
  • Benkei no Hasami Iwa
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    Niigata Sado-shi Shimoaikawa
  • Heimanotaira
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    Niigata Itoigawa-shi
  • Yahhotaira
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    Niigata Itoigawa-shi
  • Shirokochisawa
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    Niigata Itoigawa-shi
  • Norikurasawa
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    Niigata Itoigawa-shi
  • Nishimatazawa
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    Niigata Itoigawa-shi
  • Hiwataira
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    Niigata Itoigawa-shi
  • Nishimatazawa
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    Niigata Itoigawa-shi
  • Higashimatazawa
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    Niigata Itoigawa-shi
  • Shikkuisawa
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    Niigata Itoigawa-shi
  • Osorozawa
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    Niigata Itoigawa-shi
  • Yoshiosawa
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    Niigata Itoigawa-shi
  • Hodosozawa
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    Niigata Itoigawa-shi
  • Tsurikoshizawa
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    Niigata Itoigawa-shi
  • Yogurazawa
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    Niigata Itoigawa-shi

Niigata Areas

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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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