Niigata Prefecture is a haven for winter sports enthusiasts, boasting some of Japan's best ski resorts. During the summer months, visitors can embrace nature with picturesque mountain hikes or unwind in a traditional onsen town. Niigata is also renowned for its delicious sake, as the region's fertile lands produce high-quality rice, a key ingredient in this iconic Japanese beverage. Don't miss the coastal city of Sado, where you can explore the rich history of gold mining, or experience the annual Earth Celebration, a vibrant music festival hosted by the world-famous Kodo Taiko drumming group.
Valid rail and bus passes:
Niigata prefecture has a multitude of railway and bus passes that make it easier to get around.
Check out our listings below for passes that are valid within Niigata prefecture.
The nearest and most convenient airport in the prefecture is Niigata Airport, though there is no direct connection from Tokyo.