The Nagaoka Festival Large-scale Fireworks (Copyright)
Big Swan Stadium(Copyright)Albirex Niigata
Night time cherry blossoms at Takada Castle Park (Copyright)
The Echigo Plane (Copyright)
A sushi masterpiece, “Kiwami.” (Copyright)
Niigata Prefecture is located in the middle of Honshu and faces the Sea of Japan. It has over 2,300,000 residents. It is a region blessed with both nature and food. Niigata boasts the Shinano River, the longest one in Japan, which empties out into the Sea of Japan. The fertile plains of the country are vast, and mountains stretch along the prefecture’s borders. Niigata Prefecture has a strong transportation infrastructure, including flights, roads, and railways. Niigata Airport has flights to both Northeast Asia and major cities. From Niigata City to Tokyo, it only takes 1 hour and 40 minutes by bullet train and approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes by expressway.
In locations throughout the prefecture, there are sports facilities and international sporting events. Niigata Prefecture also has its own professional soccer, basketball, and baseball teams. Starting with the 2002 FIFA World Cup, the Big Swan Stadium has been home to many international sporting competitions. Niigata Prefecture’s training areas have been used by a number of teams, both domestic and from abroad: the Croatian team from the 2002 FIFA World Cup; Argentina’s women’s soccer team from the 2008 Beijing Olympics; and Germany’s women’s gymnastics team.
Niigata Prefecture has prominent ski resorts on its mountains that even get many visitors from abroad. The prefecture also has around 150 hot springs. In spring, the cherry blossoms in Joetsu City’s Takada Park are counted among the three most beautiful evening cherry blossom viewings in Japan, where flowers and cherry blossoms bloom all over. In summer, there are festivals and fireworks, like the Nagaoka Festival Large-scale Fireworks Display. In fall, the rice plants glow gold. Niigata Prefecture is famous for its Koshihikari rice brand, its fruits and vegetables, and its seafood. There are also over 90 sake breweries within the prefecture. You are cordially invited to visit Niigata Prefecture’s sports facilities, its scenery, and its cuisine.