"Niigata Prefecture" Niigata-ken by KevinMichael

Niigata-ken Travel Guide: 176 reviews and 394 photos

Snow Country

Coming from the East where it can be sunny and without snow in the winter and through the mountains we come to Japan's snow country.

Up until the end of the Edo Period, Niigata prefecture was made up of two divisions, Echigo and Sado. Echigo was primarily a food production powerhouse both for the harvesting of rice and for fishing. Sado was given special significance because of the wealth of its gold mine. This mine was seen to be so important that the it was governed directly by the Shogun rather than through one of his subordinate Daimyo.

Niigata's Abundant Rice Fields

Niigata is most famous for the quality of its rice, rice wine (sake), and raw fish (suishi/sashimi). Looking out through the windows of the Bullet Train (Shinkansen) as you travel through Niigata Prefecture you can see numerous farming communities growing rice and various vegetables.

The Niigata Plain

From a ferry 30 minutes out of port we can see just how low and flat the Niigata plain really is. Will global warming someday cause see levels to inundate most of the prefecture?

Most of Niigata Prefecture`s population lives here on the the Niigata plain.

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  • Pros:Great food and peaceful place to live
  • Cons:Very cold in winter
  • Intro Updated Jul 20, 2006
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