19 days in Niigata Prefecture Itinerary

19 days in Niigata Prefecture Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Niigata Prefecture trip itinerary builder

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Fly to Niigata Airport, Drive to Sado
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Sado
— 2 nights
Drive
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Myoko
— 4 nights
Drive
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Minamiuonuma
— 3 nights
Drive
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Yuzawa-machi
— 3 nights
Train
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Niigata
— 4 nights
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Sado

— 2 nights
Experience remote island living in Sado, a city in Niigata Prefecture encompassing all of the inhabited areas of Sado Island.
Get a sense of the local culture at Historic Relic Sado Gold Mine and Onogame. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Futatsugame Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Senkakuwan, don't miss a visit to Ogura Senmaida, and steep yourself in history at Kitazawa Fuyusenkojo Remains.

For ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Sado tour itinerary builder tool.

Perth, Australia to Sado is an approximately 23-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Perth to Sado, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In January, Sado is much colder than Perth - with highs of 5°C and lows of 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Myoko.

Things to do in Sado

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Myoko

— 4 nights
The small town of Myoko, nestled between five mountain peaks, attracts skiing and winter-sport enthusiasts with its famed resorts and abundant snowfall.
Hakuba and Netsunoyu are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Myoko side-trips: Hakuba-mura (Hakuba Jump Arena, Shirasawa Tunnel, &more), Kusatsu-machi (Sainokawara Park & Onsen Resorts) and Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park (in Yamanouchi-machi). The adventure continues: walk around Takada Park.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Myoko trip planner.

Getting from Sado to Myoko by car takes about 5.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can go by car to Minamiuonuma.

Things to do in Myoko

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Wildlife

Side Trips

Minamiuonuma

— 3 nights
Untoan Temple and Saifukuji Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Go for a jaunt from Minamiuonuma to Minakami-machi to see Onsen Resorts about 54 minutes away.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Minamiuonuma online travel planner.

Drive from Myoko to Minamiuonuma in 2 hours. In January, daytime highs in Minamiuonuma are 5°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Yuzawa-machi.

Things to do in Minamiuonuma

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yuzawa-machi

— 3 nights
It takes just over one hour to reach Yuzawa-machi from the country's capital by bullet train.
Get some cultural insight at Lockheart Castle and Tsukiyono Vidro Park. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Ponshukan, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kagura Ski Resort, walk around Yuzawa Central Park, and hit the slopes at Iwappara Ski Resort.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Yuzawa-machi day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Minamiuonuma to Yuzawa-machi takes an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Niigata.

Things to do in Yuzawa-machi

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Niigata

— 4 nights
The port city of Niigata has an association with tourism, but not really one to do with the city itself.
Get a sense of the local culture at Yahiko Shrine and Hakusan Shrine. Next up on the itinerary: sample the tasty concoctions at Imayo Tsukasa Sake Brewery, catch a live event at Big Swan Stadium, look for gifts at Niigata Furusatomura, and take in panoramic vistas at Befco Bakauke Observatory Room.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Niigata trip planner.

Getting from Yuzawa-machi to Niigata by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. January in Niigata sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of 0°C at night. On the 3rd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Niigata

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Niigata Prefecture travel guide

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Ski Areas · Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks
Niigata Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located on the island of Honshu on the coast of the Sea of Japan. The capital is the city of Niigata with which it shares the same name.HistoryUntil after the Meiji Restoration, the area that is now Niigata Prefecture was divided into Echigo Province (on the mainland) and Sado Province. During the Sengoku period, the Nagao clan, who were at times vassals to the Uesugi, ruled a fief in the western part of modern Niigata from Kasugayama Castle. The most notable member of the Nagao clan was Nagao Kagetora, later and better known as Uesugi Kenshin. He unified the leaders of Echigo Province and became its sole ruler. By taking the surname Uesugi, he also became the head of the Uesugi clan and effectively brought their realm under his control.The city of Niigata is now the third largest Japanese city facing the Sea of Japan, after Fukuoka and Kitakyushu. It was the first Japanese port on the Sea of Japan to be opened to foreign trade following the opening of Japan by Matthew Perry. It has since played an important role in trade with Russia and Korea. A freighter from North Korea visits Niigata once a month, in one of the few forms of direct contact between Japan and that country.

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