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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.Our Japan travel route planning site combines visitor reviews with your personal interests to make an itinerary informed by experts, but tailored to suit your style.
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Top Niigata Prefecture tours
$115 BOOK WITH VIATOR Niigata Full-Day Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide
Duration: 6 hours
$71 BOOK WITH VIATOR Amazing walk in the picturesque rice terraces in Hoshi-Toge, Tokamachi, Niigata
Duration: 3 hours
$74 BOOK WITH VIATOR Private Historical Walking Tour of Niigata Port Town
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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