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Niigata Prefecture in winter from the sky
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Ten-Ken cliff of Oya-Shirazu, Niigata

Niigata Prefecture (新潟県 , Niigata-ken) is a prefecture in the Chūbu region of Japan on the island of Honshū. The capital city is Niigata.


Until after the Meiji Restoration, the area that is now Niigata Prefecture was divided into Echigo Province and Sado Province.


Niigata is next to Yamagata Prefecture, Toyama Prefecture, Nagano Prefecture, Gumma Prefecture and Fukushima prefecture.

Niigata is the fifth largest prefecture in Japan by area.

In winter, it snows a lot in Niigata, and winter sports are popular.

National Parks

National Parks are established in about 25% of the total land area of the prefecture. including

  • Bandai-Asahi National Park

Shrines and Temples

Yahiko-jinja, Kota-jinja, Amatsu-jinja and Watatsu-jinja are the chief Shinto shrines (ichinomiya) in the prefecture.

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