Top 10 things to do in Niigata Prefecture

  1. Ponshukan Sake Museum
    〒950-0086 Niigata, Chuo Ward, Hanazono 2 Chome−3−2
    Immerse yourself in the world of sake at this museum, where you can taste over 100 different types of sake from the Niigata Prefecture. Don't miss the sake bath and foot spa!
  2. Niigata Furusato Village
    〒950-0106 Niigata, Nishi Ward, Kameda Shimizumachi 1-43
    Experience traditional Japanese culture at this village, featuring a variety of activities such as tea ceremony, calligraphy, and kimono dressing. You can also enjoy local cuisine and purchase souvenirs.
  3. Yuzawa Kogen Ropeway
    〒949-6101 Niigata, Minamiuonuma District, Yuzawa, Yuzawa 485-2
    Take a scenic ride on this ropeway to the top of Mt. Naeba, where you can enjoy panoramic views and outdoor activities such as hiking and skiing. Don't forget to try the famous Naeba curry!
  4. Niigata City Aquarium Marinepia Nihonkai
    〒950-2271 Niigata, Nishi Ward, Akatsuka 1865-7
    Discover the wonders of the sea at this aquarium, featuring over 400 species of marine life. Highlights include the dolphin show and the touch pool where you can interact with sea creatures.
  5. Sado Island
    Sado, Niigata Prefecture
    Take a ferry to this island known for its rich history and natural beauty. Visit the Sado Gold Mine, where gold was once extracted, and the Sado Nishimikawa Gold Park, where you can try gold panning.
  6. Niigata City History Museum
    〒950-0088 Niigata, Chuo Ward, Hakusan 1 Chome−1−1
    Learn about the history and culture of Niigata at this museum, which houses a collection of over 70,000 items. Don't miss the reconstructed Edo period town and the samurai armor exhibit.
  7. Senkakuwan Bay
    Sado, Niigata Prefecture
    Admire the stunning scenery of this bay, known for its crystal clear waters and rocky coastline. Take a boat tour to explore the sea caves and see the resident sea lions.
  8. Yahiko Shrine
    〒959-0323 Niigata, Nishikan Ward, Yahiko, Yahiko 2887
    Visit this shrine dedicated to the god of marriage and matchmaking, which dates back over 1300 years. Don't miss the beautiful torii gate and the stunning view of Mt. Yahiko from the top of the shrine.
  9. Joetsu International Ski Area
    〒943-0816 Niigata, Joetsu, Takada, Nishi 1-1-1
    Hit the slopes at this ski resort, which offers a variety of courses for all skill levels. You can also enjoy snowshoeing and hot springs after a day of skiing.
  10. Imayo Tsukasa Sake Brewery
    〒950-0961 Niigata, Chuo Ward, Sakai Machi 3-1-6
    Take a tour of this historic sake brewery, which has been producing sake for over 200 years. You can learn about the sake-making process and taste their award-winning sake.