Must-see attractions in Niigata Prefecture

  • Echigo-Tsumari Art Field

    Niigata Prefecture

    This open-air gallery was conceived in 2000 as a way to bring visitors to this enchantingly beautiful rural area of green fields and historical wooden…

  • Saito Family Summer Villa

    Niigata Prefecture

    Wander the polished wooden floors of this beautifully preserved Japanese summer house built in 1918, a luscious example of turn-of-the-century Japanese…

  • Niigata City Art Museum

    Niigata Prefecture

    This petite, elegant museum stages interesting temporary exhibitions by Japanese artists and also has a well-curated permanent collection of local and…

  • Nippō Media Ship Sora-no-hiroba

    Niigata Prefecture

    Visit the observation deck on the 20th floor of this skyscraper for amazing 360-degree views over the Sea of Japan, Niigata city and the distant mountains…

  • Sado Kinzan

    Niigata Prefecture

    You'll have to venture up a steep mountain to access this gold mine, which produced large quantities of gold and silver until its demise in 1989. Descend…

  • Yuzawa Town History Museum

    Niigata Prefecture

    This lovely little museum displays memorabilia from the life of author Kawabata Yasunari, the first Japanese recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature,…

  • Ogi Folk Museum

    Niigata Prefecture

    Come to this former 1920s schoolhouse, saved from demolition to take up a new life as a folk museum, to gawk at all manner of Sado's cultural artefacts …

  • Konpon-ji

    Niigata Prefecture

    This rustic wooden temple, with its thatched roof and pleasant gardens, is where the Buddhist monk Nichiren was first brought when exiled to Sado in 1271…

  • Hakusan-kōen

    Niigata Prefecture

    Built in 1873 as Japan's first citizen's park, Hakusan-kōen remains a lovely place for a stroll among beautiful, manicured gardens. There's a pond full of…

  • Mano Go-ryō

    Niigata Prefecture

    Pine and cherry trees mark the entrance to this cremation mound, which honours Emperor Juntoku, who was forced into exile on Sado in the early 13th…

  • Sado Hanga-mura Museum

    Niigata Prefecture

    Art lovers shouldn't miss this rambling gallery where local artists display vibrant hanga (woodblock prints) depicting country life in Sado.

  • Kokubun-ji

    Niigata Prefecture

    Sado-ga-shima's oldest temple (dating from AD 741); although sadly neglected, it's still beautiful.

  • Myōsen-ji

    Niigata Prefecture

    This Buddhist temple is home to a five-storey pagoda.