Niigata Prefecture is famous for... Skiing and snowboarding - birthplace of skiing in Japan Onsen hot springs 'Koshikikari' rice The home of 'SnowJapan'! ...amongst other things
Niigata Prefecture is divided into four geographical areas - the Joetsu region in the southern (where Myoko City is located); Chuetsu in the central area (where Yuzawa Town and Minamiuonuma Coty are located); Kaetsu in the northern area; and Sado Island. The Japan Sea coastline, stretching from southwest to northwest, is nearly 250km in length.
Niigata is very easy to get to from the Tokyo region, making it - especially the Yuzawa region - extremely popular for day trips.
There are over 50 resorts in Niigata Prefecture, ranging from small one-lift local hills to the famous Naeba which hosts international ski events. While there are resorts dotted around the mountains of the prefecture, most of them are concentrated in two regions - the Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma area and the Myoko area. Each winter these two areas enjoy some of the heaviest snowfalls in all of Japan - as can be seen from the reported snowfall on our daily reports.