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Area Distribution : Niigata

Sightseeing Guide: Niigata

Niigata (新潟) Prefecture is located on the side of Sea of Japan. Niigata is categorized in Chubu Region but northern part of the prefecture is reached middle of Tohoku Region. Niigata is world-widely known as the snow spot. In winter, Niigata gets heavy snow, therefore there are many sky resorts in Niigata Prefecture. Niigata is also known as its rice. The famous rice brand, "Koshihikari of Uonuma," is considered as No.1 Rice in Japan. Because all the west side of Niigata is facing sea, it offers great sea products as well, such as Sashimi and Sushi. There are about 5,000 shrines in Niigata which is the largest number in Japan.

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Jyoetsu area (上越) is the southern part of Niigata Prefecture. Because Joetsu is surrounded by high mountains and only its open side is facing sea, Joetsu gets lots of snow in winter. Therefore, there are many sky resorts concentrated in one spots. Also, those mountains especially Mt. Myoko offers great hiking spots. The famous Sengoku Daimyo, Uesugi Kenshin was born in Kasugayama, Joetsu. There are many Kenshin's related spots.

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