Enjoy Japanese Nature at the Beautiful Fukushima Lagoon in Niigata Prefecture

Fukushima Lagoon, or Fukushimagata, is a 271-hectare irrigation lake located near Niigata City, facing the Sea of Japan. The lagoon has a park with literally hundreds of varieties of flora and fauna. It is also chosen by many public and private magazines as one of the most beautiful sightseeing places in Japan filled with tons…

Travel Around Niigata, Japan While Gourmet Dining Aboard These 2 Bus Tours

Joining a bus tour is an economical way of going around Japan. It is available in most cities and can be used for short- or long-distance travels. But wouldn’t it be nice if you can go on tour while wining and dining at the same time? A Japanese bus company called Willer Travel (ウィラートラベル) is…

Bandai Bridge: An Iconic Landmark of Niigata City

Did you know that there is a bridge that is known as the symbol of Niigata City (新潟市)? The bridge is called Bandai Bridge (萬代橋) and it is the perfect place to picnic, see blooming tulips and even cherry blossoms! Let’s learn more about this historic and beautiful site! Niigata City Niigata City is the…

Admire the Beauty of Shadows in Japanese Houses at the House of Light

One of the major decisions to make when planning a trip is choosing a place to stay at. With options between Western and traditional style and prices that range from budget-friendly to splurge-worthy, Japan certainly has an abundance of interesting accommodations. Adding to the number of guest houses that offer a memorable experience is the…

What to Buy in Niigata: 10 Souvenirs From the Land of Rice and Sake

Niigata Prefecture (新潟県) needs no introduction as it renowned the world over for producing Japan’s arguably most delicious rice and sake. But do you know that it is home to scrumptious fruits, delectable seafood, and exquisite artisanal products as well? What’s more, it is a mere two hours from Tokyo (東京) by Shinkansen (bullet train),…

Yet Another Crazy Japanese Innovation – a Sake Vending Machine!

As you probably already know, Japan has a lot of weird and interesting innovations which includes a variety of out-of-this-world vending machines. Some of the most bizarre and craziest ones include the banana vending machine, the rice vending machine, and the egg vending machine. With that said, how would you react if a sake vending…

Try 129 Kinds of Sake in One Go at This Museum in Niigata, Japan

The Ponshukan Sake and Rice Museum, in the area of Echigo-Yuzawa Station in Niigata, is famous for a few things – mainly for its sake, sake bath, and “bakudan onigiri.” Continue reading to find out more about them! Sake-tasting One of the best things in Ponshukan is its huge variety of sake that you can…

Would You Climb One of the Deadliest Mountains in Japan?

Mt. Tanigawa is not only one of Japan’s 100 Famous Mountains but also one of the deadliest. It is said that a total of 805 people have died on the mountain since 1930 which makes it worse than Mt. Fuji. Because of this, the mountain is not recommended for novice climbers. Some training groups have…
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