10 days in Niigata Prefecture Itinerary

10 days in Niigata Prefecture Itinerary

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10 days in Niigata Prefecture Itinerary

Start: Niigata
1
Niigata
— 1 night
train + taxi:  1​h 15​min
2
Yuzawa-machi
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Minamiuonuma
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Myoko
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Sado
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
End: Niigata

1
night
Niigata

Niigata ©
The port city of Niigata has an association with tourism, but not really one to do with the city itself.
On the 26th (Tue), enjoy breathtaking views from Befco Bakauke Observatory Room, then snap pictures at Bandai Bridge, then don't miss a visit to Niigata Nippo Media Ship, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Yahiko Shrine. On the next day, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Marinepia Nihonkai, look for gifts at Ponshukan Niigata Station, sample the tasty concoctions at Imayo Tsukasa Sake Brewery, don't miss a visit to The Old Saito Residence, then walk around Hakusan Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakusan Shrine.

For photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Niigata travel planner.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Niigata. November in Niigata sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Yuzawa-machi.

Things to do in Niigata

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Yahiko Shrine
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Yahiko Shrine ©
Yahiko Shrine
Bandai Bridge ©
Bandai Bridge
Ponshukan Niigata Station ©
Ponshukan Niigata Station

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nights
Yuzawa-machi

Yuzawa-machi ©
It takes just over one hour to reach Yuzawa-machi from the country's capital by bullet train.
On the 28th (Thu), hit the slopes at Kagura Ski Resort, fly down the slopes at Iwappara Ski Resort, hit the slopes at Yuzawa Kogen, then make a trip to Ponshukan, and finally make a trip to Gangidori. Keep things going the next day: fly down the slopes at Kagura Tashiro Ski Resort, hit the slopes at Naeba Ski Resort, fly down the slopes at Naspa Ski Garden, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Tanigawa, and finally experience rural life at Yukiguni Agripark Yuzawa Ichigo-mura.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Yuzawa-machi sightseeing planner .

You can do a combination of train and taxi from Niigata to Yuzawa-machi in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to drive to Minamiuonuma.

Things to do in Yuzawa-machi

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
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Naeba Ski Resort ©
Naeba Ski Resort
Mount Tanigawa ©
Mount Tanigawa
Iwappara Ski Resort ©
Iwappara Ski Resort

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night
Minamiuonuma

Minamiuonuma ©
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Untoan Temple, get outside with Jyoetsu International Ski Area, fly down the slopes at Ishiuchi Maruyama Ski Resort, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Hakkai, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saifukuji Temple.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Minamiuonuma holiday planning tool .

Traveling by car from Yuzawa-machi to Minamiuonuma takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in November, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to drive to Myoko.

Things to do in Minamiuonuma

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trip

Saifukuji Temple
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Ishiuchi Maruyama Ski Resort ©
Ishiuchi Maruyama Ski Resort
Mt. Hakkai ©
Mt. Hakkai
Saifukuji Temple ©
Saifukuji Temple

3
nights
Myoko

Myoko ©
The small town of Myoko, nestled between five mountain peaks, attracts skiing and winter-sport enthusiasts with its famed resorts and abundant snowfall.
Explore Myoko's surroundings by going to Kasugayama Castle Ruins (in Joetsu) and Bijinbayashi (in Tokamachi). The adventure continues: hit the slopes at Suginohara, walk around Takada Park, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, and head outdoors with Akakan Ski Area.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Myoko trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Minamiuonuma to Myoko takes 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Sado.

Things to do in Myoko

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Joetsu, Bijinbayashi
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Akakura Onsen Ski Area ©
Akakura Onsen Ski Area
Myoko Kogen ©
Myoko Kogen
Suginohara ©
Suginohara

2
nights
Sado

Sado ©
Experience remote island living in Sado, a city in Niigata Prefecture encompassing all of the inhabited areas of Sado Island.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): walk around Toki no Mori Park, contemplate the long history of Historic Relic Sado Gold Mine, then wander the streets of Shukunegi, and finally examine the collection at Sado Nishimikawa Gold Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Thu): head outdoors with Osado Skyline, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Onogame, then contemplate the waterfront views at Senkakuwan, and finally contemplate the long history of Kitazawa Fuyusenkojo Remains.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Sado route app .

You can drive from Myoko to Sado in 5.5 hours. In December in Sado, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Sado

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Historic Relic Sado Gold Mine ©
Historic Relic Sado Gold Mine
Toki no Mori Park ©
Toki no Mori Park
Shukunegi ©
Shukunegi

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