5 days in Niigata Prefecture Itinerary

5 days in Niigata Prefecture Itinerary

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5 days in Niigata Prefecture Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
train + taxi:  1​h 45​min
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Yuzawa-machi
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Tokamachi
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
3
Sado
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Niigata
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
End: Tokyo

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Yuzawa-machi

Yuzawa-machi ©
It takes just over one hour to reach Yuzawa-machi from the country's capital by bullet train.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): experience rural life at Yukiguni Agripark Yuzawa Ichigo-mura, make a trip to Gangidori, then don't miss a visit to Ponshukan, and finally hit the slopes at Yuzawa Kogen.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Yuzawa-machi vacation website .

Tokyo to Yuzawa-machi is an approximately 2-hour combination of train and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to Tokamachi.

Things to do in Yuzawa-machi

Winter Sports Parks Nature
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Gangidori ©
Gangidori

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Tokamachi

Tokamachi ©
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. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Echigo Tsumari Koryukan Kinare, appreciate the views at Hoshitoge Rice Terraces, and then take a peaceful walk through Bijinbayashi.

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You can drive from Yuzawa-machi to Tokamachi in 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Tokamachi are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can drive to Sado.

Things to do in Tokamachi

Parks Nature Museums
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Hoshitoge Rice Terraces ©
Hoshitoge Rice Terraces

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Sado

Sado ©
Experience remote island living in Sado, a city in Niigata Prefecture encompassing all of the inhabited areas of Sado Island.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): stroll around Toki no Mori Park, contemplate the long history of Historic Relic Sado Gold Mine, and then explore the activities along Senkakuwan.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Sado trip planner .

You can drive from Tokamachi to Sado in 5 hours. September in Sado sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Niigata.

Things to do in Sado

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

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Niigata

Niigata ©
The port city of Niigata has an association with tourism, but not really one to do with the city itself.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): make a trip to Niigata Nippo Media Ship, sample the tasty concoctions at Imayo Tsukasa Sake Brewery, then look for gifts at Ponshukan Niigata-station South, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Yahiko Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Marinepia Nihonkai, make a trip to The Old Saito Residence, then take in panoramic vistas at Befco Bakauke Observatory Room, then take in the views from Bandai Bridge, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakusan Shrine.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Niigata holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Sado to Niigata takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in September, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Niigata

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites

Side Trip

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