31 days in Niigata Prefecture Itinerary

31 days in Niigata Prefecture Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Niigata Prefecture trip planner

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Make it your trip
Fly to Niigata Airport, Drive to Sado
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Sado
— 5 nights
Drive
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Niigata
— 7 nights
Train
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Yuzawa-machi
— 6 nights
Drive
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Tokamachi
— 5 nights
Drive
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Myoko
— 6 nights
Drive to Toyama Airport, Fly to Manchester

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Sado

— 5 nights
Experience remote island living in Sado, a city in Niigata Prefecture encompassing all of the inhabited areas of Sado Island.
Step off the beaten path and head to Yajima/Kyojima and Tokoin Seisuiji Temple. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Chokokuji Temple, steep yourself in history at Sado Bugyosho, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Obata Sake Brewery, and explore the activities along Senkakuwan.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Sado travel itinerary planner.

Manchester, UK to Sado is an approximately 27-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to Sado is 9 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Sado can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can drive to Niigata.

Things to do in Sado

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Mar 2 — 7:

Niigata

— 7 nights
The port city of Niigata has an association with tourism, but not really one to do with the city itself.
Explore hidden gems such as Imayo Tsukasa Sake Brewery and Sekiyahama Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Niigata: Yahiko-mura (Yahikoyama Panorama Tower, Yahiko Shrine, &more), Gosen (Muramatsu Park & Sakihana Onsen) and Syogunsugi (in Aga-machi). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Fukushima-gata, take in the views from Bandai Bridge, make a trip to Niigata Nippo Media Ship, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Yasuragitei Embankment.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Niigata trip planner.

Drive from Sado to Niigata in 3.5 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Yuzawa-machi.

Things to do in Niigata

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 7 — 14:

Yuzawa-machi

— 6 nights
It takes just over one hour to reach Yuzawa-machi from the country's capital by bullet train.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Naspa Ski Garden and Gangidori. Get out of town with these interesting Yuzawa-machi side-trips: Uonuma (Okutadami Dam & Onsen Resorts) and Minamiuonuma (Hakkaisan Izumi Beer Garden, Mt. Hakkai, &more). There's much more to do: hit the slopes at Kagura Tashiro Ski Resort, tour the pleasant surroundings at Naeba Ski Resort, take some stellar pictures from The Bell of Love Observation Deck, and explore the striking landscape at Yuzawa Kogen.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Yuzawa-machi trip planner.

You can take a train from Niigata to Yuzawa-machi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Tokamachi.

Things to do in Yuzawa-machi

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 14 — 20:

Tokamachi

— 5 nights
Tōkamachi is a city located in southwest Niigata Prefecture, in the Hokuriku region of Japan., the city had an estimated population of 54,104 and a population density of 91.6 persons per km². Explore hidden gems such as House of Light and Onsen Resorts. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokamachi: Uonuma (Uonuma no Sato, Suhara Ski Area, &more), Kashiwazaki (Kujiranami Beach, Omigawa Station, &more) and Tsunan-machi (Midama Futoson, Akiyamago, &more). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Kiyotsukyo Keikoku Tunnel, stroll through Kamou Rice Terraces, explore the stunning scenery at Kiyotsu Gorge, and admire the masterpieces at Echigo Tsumari Koryukan Kinare.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Tokamachi day trip app.

Traveling by car from Yuzawa-machi to Tokamachi takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in March, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Myoko.

Things to do in Tokamachi

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 20 — 25:

Myoko

— 6 nights
The small town of Myoko, nestled between five mountain peaks, attracts skiing and winter-sport enthusiasts with its famed resorts and abundant snowfall.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Akakan Ski Area and Sasagamine Farm. Explore Myoko's surroundings by going to Itoigawa (Nohakusan Shrine, Benten Rock, &more) and Joetsu (Rinsen-ji Temple & Kasugayama Castle Ruins). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ikenotaira Onsen Ski Resort, get engrossed in the history at The Japanease Memorial Museum of Skiing, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, and hit the slopes at Akakura Onsen Ski Area.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Myoko holiday planner.

Drive from Tokamachi to Myoko in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Myoko

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 25 — 31:

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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