Niigata Prefecture - 新潟県

map of niigata prefecture

Niigata prefecture is located on the northwestern coast of Japan and is less than two hours from Tokyo by Shinkansen (bullet train).

The prefecture is blessed with an amazing coastline facing the Sea of Japan and a magnificent mountain range, making it an extremely popular destination throughout the year for its beautiful white sandy beaches and many wonderful ski resorts.

Niigata is famous for producing many high quality different types of sake (Japanese rice wine) and offers the opportunity for visitors to see how sake is made and to sample some the beautiful wines.

The prefecture also has many wonderful hot spring resorts with both indoor and outdoor bathing facilities, some dating back over 1,300 years, where you can relax and enjoy uninterrupted views of the stunning mountain scenery.

For more information about Niigata prefecture, see their official tourism website.

How to get there

Air - Niigata airport is located a short bus ride from the centre of Niigata city centre. The airport operates flights to and from Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka, Sapporo, Fukuoka and Okinawa. The flight time from Tokyo is just over one hour. Click here for its English website.

Rail - The main station is Niigata station. There are regular "bullet trains" from Tokyo and the journey time is two hours and ten minutes.

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Naeba Ski Resort is one of the most famous ski resorts in Japan and attracts ski and snowboard enthusiasts from all over the world.


Weather in Niigata

Average daily temperature (oC)
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Average relative humidity (%)
73 percent 72 percent 70 percent 71 percent 74 percent 77 percent 73 percent 67 percent 65 percent 67 percent 70 percent 71 percent 73 percent 72 percent 70 percent 71 percent 74 percent 77 percent 73 percent 67 percent 65 percent 67 percent 70 percent 71 percent

Average monthly rainfall (mm)
270 centimetres 225 centimetres 170 centimetres 146 centimetres 143 centimetres 233 centimetres 107 centimetres 84 centimetres 92 centimetres 129 centimetres 116 centimetres 140 centimetres
Number of days with rain
(1mm or more)
21.7 days 18 days 14.2 days 11.7 days 8.5 days 12.1 days 10.1 days 10.1 days 11.1 days 16 days 17.3 days 21.5 days