Niigata is a prefecture and its capital city on the main island of Honshu offering museums, heritage buildings, waterfront culture, animal experiences, hot springs and family adventures. The Niigata City Aquarium Marinepia Nihonkai offers the chance to get up close to such fascinating creatures as dolphins and sea otters. The Ito Estate is part of the Northern Culture Museum and showcases the art collection of a wealthy family from the 19th century. Minatopia, the Niigata City History Museum, provides a chance to walk through heritage buildings like the Niigata Customs House from the 1800s.

    In the south, you’ll find the Iwamuro Hot Springs. For elegant dining, the Cave D’Occi Winery offers food, a vineyard, local wines and art exhibits. To find outdoor adventure, visit the forested mountain of Kakudayama, or hike up Mount Yahiko for spectacular views. At the Niigata City History Museum, you can learn all about local culture. Hakusan Park offers a serene relaxation space with a playground for the kids.

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