8 days in Niigata Prefecture Itinerary

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Niigata — 3 nights

The port city of Niigata has an association with tourism, but not really one to do with the city itself.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Niigata: Yahiko-mura (Yahikoyama Panorama Tower, Yahiko Park, &more). There's lots more to do: take in the views from Bandai Bridge, stop by Pia Bandai, stroll around Hakusan Park, and enjoy breathtaking views from Befco Bakauke Observatory Room.

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Vancouver, Canada to Niigata is an approximately 17-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from Vancouver to Niigata. When traveling from Vancouver in November, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Niigata: temperatures range from 15°C by day to 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Yuzawa-machi.
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Yuzawa-machi — 1 night

It takes just over one hour to reach Yuzawa-machi from the country's capital by bullet train.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): make a trip to Ponshukan, don't miss a visit to Gangidori, hit the slopes at Kagura Ski Resort, then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Tanigawa, and finally get outside with Naeba Ski Resort.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Yuzawa-machi holiday planner.

You can take a train from Niigata to Yuzawa-machi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Tokamachi.
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Tokamachi — 1 night

Tōkamachi is a city located in southwest Niigata Prefecture, in the Hokuriku region of Japan., the city had an estimated population of 54,104 and a population density of 91.6 persons per km². On the 19th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Kiyotsukyo Keikoku Tunnel, explore the stunning scenery at Kiyotsu Gorge, then take a peaceful walk through Bijinbayashi, and finally appreciate the views at Hoshitoge Rice Terraces.

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You can drive from Yuzawa-machi to Tokamachi in 1.5 hours. In November in Tokamachi, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can drive to Joetsu.
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Joetsu — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasugayama Shrine, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kasugayama Castle Ruins, admire the landmark architecture of Rinsen-ji Temple, then stroll around Takada Park, then explore the historical opulence of Joetsu Takada Castle triple turret, and finally don't miss a visit to Previosuly Devision Commissioner House.

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You can drive from Tokamachi to Joetsu in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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Niigata Prefecture travel guide

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Niigata Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located on the island of Honshu on the coast of the Sea of Japan. The capital is the city of Niigata with which it shares the same name.HistoryUntil after the Meiji Restoration, the area that is now Niigata Prefecture was divided into Echigo Province (on the mainland) and Sado Province. During the Sengoku period, the Nagao clan, who were at times vassals to the Uesugi, ruled a fief in the western part of modern Niigata from Kasugayama Castle. The most notable member of the Nagao clan was Nagao Kagetora, later and better known as Uesugi Kenshin. He unified the leaders of Echigo Province and became its sole ruler. By taking the surname Uesugi, he also became the head of the Uesugi clan and effectively brought their realm under his control.The city of Niigata is now the third largest Japanese city facing the Sea of Japan, after Fukuoka and Kitakyushu. It was the first Japanese port on the Sea of Japan to be opened to foreign trade following the opening of Japan by Matthew Perry. It has since played an important role in trade with Russia and Korea. A freighter from North Korea visits Niigata once a month, in one of the few forms of direct contact between Japan and that country.