Other Sightseeing Spots in Niigata Area

  • Teradomari Fish Market Street (Sakana no Ameyoko)
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    Nigata Pref. Nagaokashi Teradomarishimoaramachi
    A street situated along a National Route in Nagaoka City, Niigata Prefecture lined with seafood and souvenir shops popularly known as Sakana no ameyoko. Filled with the cries of merchants selling their wares, the street bustles with tourists seeking fresh, local ocean delicacies. Here you’ll a wide selection of seafood sold at delightfully reasonable prices, from seasonal items like sweet shrimp, squid, Japanese amberjack, horse mackerel, and sea bream, to high class selections like famed crimson snow crab and blackthroat seaperch. You’ll also be able to enjoy an abundance of dishes prepared with seafood from the Sea of Japan, such as hamayaki grilled fish and seafood rice bowls.
  • Senkaku Bay Ageshima Park
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    Nigata Pref. Sadoshi Kitaebisu 1561
    This is a sightseeing attraction located in the Senkaku Bay quasi-national park which is renowned for its beautiful coastline and is designated as a Place of Scenic Beauty. One can see an unbroken view of magnificent Senkaku Bay at the Yusenkyo suspension bridge that was used as a location in a film and also the observatory just after crossing the bridge. From around mid-March to the end of November visitors can ride a glass-bottomed boat that tours around Senkaku Bay to appreciate the beauty of the bay and the ocean up close.
  • Ote Ohashi Bridge
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    Nigata Pref. Nagaokashi Okamuramachi Nagaoka-shi Shinano 2 (Right bank) Nagaoka-shi Kusatsuzu-cho (left bank)
    This bridge spans the Shinano River flowing through Nagaoka City, Niigata Prefecture. Intersecting with Nagaoka City's main street, it gets pretty busy. Originally it had two lanes when it opened in 1985, but it was upgraded to four lanes in 2010 to cope with the increase in traffic volume. It's a great spot to view the Nagaoka Fireworks when vehicles are banned and it's transformed into a pedestrian thoroughfare. During the climax of the event, cascading Niagara fireworks are launched from below the bridge.
  • Mikaeri Bridge
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    Nigata Pref. Uonumashi Kamioritate
    Located between Tochiomata Onsen and Oyu Onsen in the Yunotani Onsen Village, Mikairibashi spans the Sanashigawa River. It has been the subject of local songs, and it is believed to fulfill wishes to meet a longed-for person again. It is said that there was once a huge willow tree, called Mikaeri Yanagi, near the bridge. According to local traditions, people returning from the therapeutic baths would think back to their encounters and memories under the tree. It was believed that looking back under the tree several times would bring about a second encounter with the person one was thinking about. However, that willow tree is no longer there.
  • Next 21 Observation Lounge
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    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Chuou-ku Nishiboridori 6-866
    This observation deck is in the NEXT 21 high-rise, in Nishiboridori 6-bancho, Chuo Ward, Niigata City. The top floor is 101 meters high, offering a view from Niigata city all the way to the Sea of Japan. It's open until 23:30 pm for beautiful views of sunset and the night skyline.
  • Shouun Sanso Garden
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    Nigata Pref. Kashiwazakishi Midorichou 3
    This garden is located in Midori-cho, Kashiwazaki City. It is the garden of Kenzo Iizuka's former residence, who founded the Kashiwazaki Gas Company, and was donated to the city in 1971. It is a famous spot for viewing the red leaves of Fall, with its approximately 300 Enkianthus perulatus and Maple trees, and there are also illuminations during the season. There is also the Kimura Tea Ceremony Museum within the garden, where visitors can experience the tea ceremony.
  • Echigoshimoseki Yanagi To Seseragi-tori Street
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    Niigata Iwafune-gun Sekikawamura Shimoseki
    A picturesque townscape sprawling along the old Yonezawa Highway in front of the Sekikawa Village Hall. The area is still deeply colored by the history of Sekikawa, an area which once flourished because of the transport of goods on the Arakawa River. The particularly eye-catching house visible from in front of the village hall is the Residence of Watanabe Family, a designated Important Cultural Property. The former home of a wealthy merchant family which built its fortune through loans to feudal lords and land reclamation, it is said that at its peak the family owned 700 hectares of rice paddies and harvested 900 bales of rice. The area is dotted with precious examples of Edo period upper class farming family residences such as the adjoining homes of the Sato and Tsuno families.
  • Tsunogami Dam (Lake Tsunogami)
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    Niigata Higashikanbara-gun Aga Machi Kanose
    The Japan Society of Civil Engineers has chosen the Kanose Dam as one of the 2000 valuable Japanese civil engineering structures remaining from early modern times. It is also called the Tsunogami Dam, after the former name of the section of the village where it is located. The construction of the dam created a lake with a mystical appearance. It is known as a famous place for viewing cherry blossoms, and most years, several hundred Yoshino cherry and hill cherry trees bloom all at once late in April. The snow camellia garden is on the left side of downstream of the dam, where the wild original snow camellia is protected and carefully taken care of. You can enjoy a lovely crimson flowers there.
  • Furusawaya
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    Niigata Higashikanbara-gun Aga Machi Kanose 5860
    A garden which has been planted with some 2,000 snow camellias spanning around 100 varieties. The garden is owned by Furusawa-ya, an inn situated at the foot of Mt. Kirinzan. The snow camellia, the official flower of Niigata Prefecture, was discovered and named here in Aga Town on Mt. Kirinzan in the Meiji period. Generations of the inn’s caretakers have painstakingly maintained the garden’s camellias. In most years, the flowers bloom from mid- to late April. Rivaling cherry blossoms in their beauty, they announce the arrival of spring in this region known as “snow country.” There is an entrance to the garden adjacent to the inn’s parking lot, and guests can visit the garden for free; accordingly, many staying at the inn like to take a morning stroll here.
  • Befco Bakauke Observation Room
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    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Chuou-ku Bandaijima 5-1
    A free observation room situated on the 31st floor of the Hotel Nikko Niigata inside the Toki Messe convention center, Chuo Ward, Niigata City, Niigata Prefecture. From here at about 125 meters above ground, views can be had as far as the Gozu Mountains and Sado Island floating in the Sea of Japan, as well as of the city of Niigata and Shinano River. After sun set the spectacular night view shimmers to life making it a popular place for dating couples. There is also a lounge where meals can be enjoyed while looking out over the glorious views, and an area selling souvenirs. Kuriyamabeika Co., Ltd, otherwise known as Befco, sponsors the observation room, known as ‘Bakauke’ (one of their products).
  • Takada Gangi Street
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    Nigata Pref. Jouetsushi (Old Takada castle)
    The street resembles an arcade with its wooden eaves constructed over the pavement so that people can walk freely even at times of heavy snow. The total length of this covered walkway in the Takada region is 16 kilometers, the longest such covered street in Japan. It’s a sight characteristic of the many narrow, old wooden townhouses still remaining in Takada and the place retains the atmosphere of the old castle town. There are many tourist facilities among the old townhouses here so visitors can enjoy a good walk. The nearest station is Takada Station.
  • Hajikizaki Lighthouse
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    Nigata Pref. Sadoshi Washizaki Magazine
    Hajikizaki Lighthouse, built in 1919, is located in the northernmost cape of Sado Island, in Washizaki, Sado City, Niigata Prefecture. The white, octagonal lighthouse has been built on the beautiful cape surrounded by the vast sea from where both the sunset and sunrise can be seen. The lighthouse is known as the location of the film Yorokobi mo kanashimi mo ikutoshitsuki, otherwise known as The Lighthouse or Times of Joy and Sorrow, directed by Keisuke Kinoshita, and which tells the story of a lighthouse keeper and his wife. Next to the lighthouse is a statue of the couple which commemorates the film. The lighthouse is open to the public only one day a year on the day of the Sado Kanzo (licorice) Festival in June.
  • Mikura Bridge
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    Nigata Pref. Nakauonumaguntsunanmachi Kettou In the ground
    The Mikura Bridge is a wooden suspension bridge located in the Ketto neighborhood of Tsunan Town, Nakauonuma County, Niigata Prefecture. It is famous for the marvelous view of the Nakatsugawa River valley that one gets when standing on the Bridge, and also for the beautiful silhouette of the Bridge itself. Known as the Treasure of the Akiyama-go region and as one of the “50 Most Beautiful Bridges in Niigata Prefecture,” the Mikura Bridge was used as a filming location for the movie “Yureru” (“Sway”).
  • Bandai Bridge
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    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Chuou-ku Bandai - Shimogamikawa Maeda/Kawabata Town
    The Bandai Bridge is a road bridge that carries National Route 7 across the Shinano River. Built in 1929, the current Bridge was the third bridge to be constructed on this site. The Bridge remained intact during the Niigata Earthquake of 1964, and played an important role in the evacuation of residents affected by the earthquake and in subsequent reconstruction work. The Bandai Bridge has been designated an Important Cultural Property, and now is a symbol of Niigata City as well.
  • Osado Skyline
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    Nigata Pref. Sadoshi Kanai area - Aikawa area
    This almost 30-kilometer-long driving course that connects Kanai and Aikawa gives a lovely panoramic view of Sado Island and is just a 15-minute drive from Ryotsu Port. The highest point of the drive stands over 900 meters above sea level and from there you can see Mano Bay, Ryotsu Bay, the Kuninaka Plains, and the Kosado Mountain Range, making this the perfect place to see the changing faces of the island from season to season. At the Exchange Center Hakundai you'll find shops and observation platforms giving you a chance to take a break as you enjoy the scenery. The stunning autumn colors are on display every year from late October to around early November. There is no toll but starting late November the road is closed for the winter.
  • Shimizuen Garden
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    Nigata Pref. Shibatashi Daieichou 7-9-32
    This Japanese garden was built for the home of the family of Shibata feudal lord Mizoguchi. It is only a seven-minute walk from Shibata Station on the JR Hakushin Line. It was once known as the Shimizudani Palace and is now dedicated as a National Site of Scenic Beauty. It is a Kyoto style garden that uses the Eight Views of Omi. In the center is a large pond that reflects the Japanese character for water in cursive, with a number of tea houses scattered around. The tea houses are not open to the public but you are able to enter at set times during tea ceremonies. They are well known for their fall leaves viewing when the colorful leaves reflect beautifully in the water.
  • Shukunegi
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    Nigata Pref. Sadoshi Shukunegi
    Shukunegi is a village on the southern tip of Sadogashima Island. From the latter half of the Edo period to the early Meiji period it was a port of call on the Kitamaebune shipping route leading to it becoming a prosperous port town. In those days the rows of houses facing the tiny bay were largely built by shipwrights. The looks of these buildings are largely unchanged from those times leading to their selection for Important Preservation Districts for Groups of Traditional Buildings. Some of these private residences such as Seikuro and Kanekoya are able to be toured for a fee. While the exteriors may be plain inside you'll find lacquered central pillars and extravagant interior designs. Ask about how those who made their fortunes from the Kitamaebune ships lived their lives.
  • Bokushi-dori Street
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    Nigata Pref. Minamiuonumashi Shiozawa
    This townscape was built around the concept of preserving the history and culture of Snow Country. Its beauty has won many awards including the 2015 Asian City Landscape Awards. This street stretches south from JR Shiozawa Station along Prefectural Route 365 and is lined by characteristic Snow Country buildings marked by their gabled roofs stretching out over the walkways. Walking along you'll think you've slipped into the past with the scenery evoking the Edo period post town imagery. It's the site of various events including the Shiozawa Seppu Snow Festival in February and the Shiozawa Festival in July.
  • Mitsuke English Garden
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    Nigata Pref. Mitsukeshi Shinkouchou 6-35
    This English-style garden can be accessed by taking the Community Bus from JR Mitsuke Station to the Sangyodanchi / English Garden bus stop and then walking another five minutes. Designed by garden designer Kay Yamada to be friendly to the elderly and the physically challenged, the garden's plants are maintained by the Natural Gardening Club, a gathering of local volunteers. The garden is a great place to enjoy the beauty of each of Japan's four seasons. The garden also operates a nursery that raises flower seedlings for public facilities and other customers as part of a local greening movement.
  • Mt. Yahiko Skyline
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    Niigata Prefecture Nishikanbara gun Yahiko village 3 Yahiko 606-1
    This 13.7 km-long scenic mountain road that opened in 1970 is a 25-minute drive from Sanjo-Tsubame Interchange on the Hokuriku Expressway. This road, which traverses the ridges of Mt. Yahiko above the Nanaura Coast, is notable for its scenic views of the Sea of Japan. Selected as one of Japan's Best 100 Roads, the skyline leads to Yahiko Summit Park, which features a 100-meter-tall panoramic tower and a restaurant with stunning views. The road is closed during winter (December to March).

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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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