Pleasure Boat / Water Cruise Spots in Niigata Area

  • Lake Okutadami Pleasure Boat
    Travel / Tourism
    Nigata Pref. Uonumashi Yunotanimogawa Ootori 1317-3
    This picturesque basin in Uonuma City, Niigata Prefecture upstream of Tadami River is surrounded by a number of tall mountains over 2,000 meters, including Mt. Arasawadake, Mt. Echigo-Komagatake, and Mt. Hiragatake. The basin is the location of Lake Okutadami, a man-made lake formed by the construction of the Okutadami Dam, the setting of the film Whiteout. In addition to being a place to enjoy fishing for species including Japanese pond smelt, the lake also features a number of facilities on its western shore, including a sightseeing boat dock, a campsite, and a hot springs spa. Nearby Naka Arasawa is popular for its great views of beautiful autumn foliage in the fall and of fresh greenery and Okutadami's natural splendor in the summer.
  • Sasagawa-nagare Coast Boat Ride
    Travel / Tourism
    Nigata Pref. Murakamishi Kuwagawa 975-44
    Sasagawa-nagare Coast Boat Ride last around 40 minutes; passengers can enjoy viewing incredibly clear waters (ranked among the Top 100 clearest in Japan) and feeding the seagulls. Between April and October, there is also a special, once-a-month “Yoshitsune Journey - Sasagawa Nagare Evening Cruise,” which is very enjoyable; watching the sun setting over the Sea of Japan and admiring the beautiful scenery of the Sasagawa Nagare coast is a deeply moving experience. The dock from which the boat trips depart is located around 15-minute walk from JR Kuwagawa Station.
  • Shinanogawa Water Shuttle
    Travel / Tourism
    Niigata Niigata-shi Chuo-ku Shimookawamaedori Ninomachi
    This water-going shuttle connects the Minatopia Niigata City History Museum and Niigata Furusato Village by way of some of Niigata’s most top tourism destinations. Customers can enjoy a comfortable journey on the 100-seat-capacity boats Anastasia and Beatrice. The shuttle visits destinations such as Toki Messe, the west side of Bandai Bridge, and the Niigata Prefectural Government Office; serving as a means of transportation, the shuttles can also be used for parties and other engagements. A variety of plans are available, including all-you-can-drink plans and plans which come with a shokado bento box meal. There are also wedding cruises from which you can enjoy sweeping views of Niigata, a city rich in water resources, and the company can accommodate reception parties as well.
  • Agano River Line Boat Ride
    Travel / Tourism
    Nigata Pref. Higashikambaragunagamachi Ishima 4301
    This is a 40-minute round trip river cruise down the Agano River. The boats depart every hour, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., from the Roadside Station Aga no sato, along National Route 49. The cruise is accompanied by a talk from the ferryman and with cheerful boating songs. Also not to be missed is the beautiful valley of Okuaga, one of the 100 Landscapes of Japan. In the spring and summer, the valley is covered with flowers, burning autumn leaves in the fall, and a blanket of snow in the winter. The winter landscape is especially fantastic, the carpet of snow seeming as if it had come out of an ink painting.
  • Senkakuwankanko
    Travel / Tourism
    Nigata Pref. Sadoshi Tassha 432-1
  • Sado Sawasaki Lighthouse Meguri
    Travel / Tourism
    Niigata Sado-shi Ogimachi 184
  • Awashima Tour
    Travel / Tourism
    Niigata Iwafune-gun Awashimauramura Hi No Miyama Hi No Miyama 1513-11

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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