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Sightseeing in Niigata - what to see. Complete travel guide

Niigata is one of the largest prefectures of the country and the leading manufacturer of rice. That is why the prefecture is sometimes called "rice basket". As the forest industry is also well-developed here, numerous furniture factories and industrial wood processing plants have recently appeared in this city. Niigata is also known as an important center of land and sea transport, and the local port accepts merchant ships from Korea and China.
In Niigata, fans of unusual entertainment will have the opportunity to visit Marinepia Nihonkai Aquarium, which is considered one of the largest and most interesting in the country. It is … Open
Travelers are traditionally attracted by the great nature of this place. Many areas of the prefecture have been turned into national parks. Besides this, there are several hot springs and modern spa centers in this region. In summer guests can enjoy walking and visiting the local places of interest, and in winter Niigata turns into a large and famous ski resort, which is not only popular, but also magnificently equipped. Besides this, there are so many remarkable places in this resort, so that the choice of excursion routes is more than impressive.
The temple of Hakusan, which was founded 400 years ago, is one of the oldest monuments. Among the modern buildings we recommend visiting Gokoku Shrine, which is particularly popular among young couples. The reason for this is in the fact the temple is dedicated to the god, who protects family. Nature lovers should make a walk in the park, which is sometimes called "Danish". It really looks like one of the parks in Denmark and this is a favorite place for both locals and visitors. You can learn the history of the prefecture by making a tour to the National Museum, which contains a large archive of historical documents. You can also enjoy the works of local artists in the following museums - Museum of Tsuri Art, Art Museum, Museum of Natural History and Nittsu Museum. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
1. Niigata has a large international airport that regularly receives flights from various Europen and Asian countries. Many travelers come here through Tokyo - from the capital of Japan, the … Open
The city has many great observation platforms where you can admire its vibrant streets from a bird's eye view. The most popular of them are the 100-meter-high Rainbow Tower and, of course, Japan Sea Tower. Despite the names of these viewing platforms, they are more suitable for admiring urban landscapes rather than the sea. It is also worth noting that the Rainbow Tower's deck is rotating.
In the vicinity of the city, you'll discover an interesting natural landmark - the beautiful Lake Hyoko. Its water is very clean. Along the shores of the lake, there are many rare species of trees and plants that you can admire in the warm season. It would be nice to visit the reservoir in winter when more than 5,000 Siberian swans come here for wintering. Ornithologists from all over the world visit Niigata to watch this amazing natural phenomenon.
In Niigata, shopping enthusiasts will have a huge selection of places to explore. The city has big shopping centers, electronics stores, cosmetics and perfume boutiques, as well as … Open
The city's most important entertainment facility is Marinepia Nihonkai, one of the largest aquariums in Japan. It offers a unique collection of marine life: you can observe rare fish, shellfish, sea turtles, and, of course, watch a spectacular dolphin show. The beautifully decorated oceanarium has a large transparent tunnel and many other thematic aquariums with information plaques.
Shibata Castle Fans of unusual excursions will have the opportunity to visit the island of Sado, which is 35 km from Niigata's coast. This island is an important historical site, hundreds of years ago it served as a place of banishment for "enemies of the state". A lot of high-ranking officials were exiled to this island. The exiles worked on gold deposits previously discovered here by the local researchers. The Japanese island's old mines, as well as an interesting historical museum, remind of old times.
Niigata provides a lot of entertainment to suit every taste, including nice places to be visited with children. The city has a beautiful indoor water park called Yusuikan, which welcomes … Open
An unusual tourist attraction is the"Russian Village" theme park located in the suburban area of Suibare. This green park appeared in the midst of the vast cedar grove in 1993. The amusement park was abandoned just a few years after its opening. Currently, there are no official tours of the park, but it doesn't stop many tourists.
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Map of all castles
Survived castles around Niigata
♥   Castle 'Shibata Castle' Shibata, 24.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Nagaoka Castle' Nagaoka, 55.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Tsuruga Castle' Tsuruga, 90.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Kasugayama Castle' Jōetsu, 113.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all parks
National and city parks around Niigata
♥   National Park 'Hakusan' , 1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'Bandai asahi' , 55.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'Oze' , 111.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Prefectural Natural Park 'Kosado' , 128.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Prefectural Natural Park 'Nanko' , 136.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Sights around Niigata from our guide 'Extreme places on Earth'

Fukushima Daini Nuclear Plant

From the series “The Most Radioactive Zones on the Planet”
Continuous cleaning works on its territory do not stop after the accident. Experts note that it will take at least 40 years for full recovery. Currently, the main danger for the residents of the surrounding areas is a leak of radioactive water from the plant, which began to wash over the underground barriers. It’s difficult to monitor the situation even after the construction of new storage facilities. A huge amount of contaminated water can cause a new catastrophe. … Read further

Ashikaga Flower Park

From the series “Top 16 Most Unusual and Original Parks and Gardens”
The main treasure of the park is wisteria. There are more than 1 500 plants of that kind, whose age is no less than 60 years. The history of the park is very interesting. The first facility in the area was laid out hundreds of years ago by order of the emperor. Over the time, the scope of the park gradually expanded. A lot of flowers and plants were planted in the early 20th century. Some age-old wisterias have survived to the present day. Trees form the 80-meter-long Tunnel of Love. The wonderful park is open all year round, every day from 9 am to 6 pm. … Read further
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