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We organically grow many types of high quality fruit like strawberries, peaches, pears, grapes, figs, blueberries, and kiwis, using high quality soil and very little agrochemicals.
Thanks to our greenhouses, visitors can enjoy a number of different types of fruits throughout the year, and our Gelato, made from all natural ingredients, is also very popular.

●Products/Grapes, pears, apples, blueberries, Le Lectier pears, strawberries
●Capacity/1,000 people
●Main facilities/Fruit garden, bus parking, large indoor rest area, food corner

Tourist Seasons
●Strawberry picking/Early February to Late June
●Grape picking/Early August to early November
●Peach picking/Early to mid-August
●Fig picking/Mid-August to Early November
●Blueberry picking/Late June to late July
●Pear Picking/Early September to late October
●Le Lectier (Pears)/Late November to Late December
Business Hours:
Strawberries (Late December to late June) 10am to 5pm
Grapes・Peaches・Pears 8am to 6pm     
Closings: None
Fee: Entrance is free
All you can eat strawberries: 1,000yen~1,500yen
All you can eat grapes: 1,100yen~1,500yen
※Prices vary depending on season. Credit cards not accepted
Address: 573 Washinoki Shinden, Minami-ku, Niigata

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Less than a one minute walk from the train station, GALA Yuzawa is so accessible you can see the slopes as soon as you go through the ticket gate. Because of the long season you can ski all the way to Golden Week. The highest slope is 1181 meters tall. 15 different courses vary in level from easy to difficult.

○Slope information
・Snowboarding: Permitted on all trails, also has a snowboarding park
・Children’s trail(s): Yes
・Night skiing: No
・Number of trails: 16 (including a trail without compacted snow)
・Length of longest trail: 2.3km
・Altitude: 800-1,181m
・Bathing facilities: Yes

Season and hours of operation
 December 17, 2016- May 7, 2017
 ※The period of operation is subject to change due to the amount of snow.

Prices
・Lift
 1-Day Ticket Adult: 4,600 JPY

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This ski resorts offers unparalleled support and the many charms of the Naeba Prince Hotel. The location faces north east and is blessed with high-quality powder snow.The trails vary widely, and include a dynamic 4km downhill course.For those with families, it is fully equipped with a play land above the snow, so the whole family can make the most of your visit.

Slope information
・Snowboarding: Permitted on all trails; also has a snowboarding park and pipes
・Children’s trail(s): Yes
・Night skiing: Yes
・Number of trails: 27 (including a trail without compacted snow)
・Altitude: 900-1,789m
・Bathing facilities: Yes

Season and hours of operation
 December 10, 2016- May 7, 2017
 ※The period of operation is subject to change due to the amount of snow.

Prices
・Lift
 1-Day Ticket Adult: 5,000 JPY
 5-Hour Ticket Adult: 4,500 JPY

・Rentals
 Ski set 5,000 JPY
 Rental wear available

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The ski slopes of Akakura Kanko Resort and Spa were the first slopes in Japan to be designated as an international ski resort. You can enjoy the 4km-long cruising trail from the hotel’s 5th lift. Additionally, there is a special area called the Chibikko Hiroba for children too young to hit the slopes.

○Slope information
・Snowboarding: Permitted on all trails
・Children’s trail(s): Yes
・Night skiing: No
・Number of trails: 11
・Length of longest trail: 4.5km
・Altitude:740-1,500m

Season and hours of operation
 December 16, 2016- May 7, 2017
 ※The period of operation is subject to change due to the amount of snow.
 8:30-16:30

Prices
・Lift
 1-Day Ticket Adult: 4,300 JPY
 Half-Day Ticket Adult: 2,900 JPY
・Rentals
 Ski/ Snowboard Set 1-Day Rental Adult: 3,500 JPY
 Ski/ Snowboard Set Half-Day Rental Adult: 3,000 JPY

Directions
・10 minutes by bus from Myoko-Kogen Station on the JR Shinetsu Line
・10 minutes by car from the Myoko-Kogen IC of the Joshinetsu Expressway

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You can fully appreciate the splendid nature of Myoko at this ski resort!
From beginner to pro, the three different parks allow you to choose a location matched to your skill level, all with a view of Mt. Myoko before your eyes.

○Slope information
・Snowboarding: Permitted on all trails
・Children’s trail(s): Yes
・Night skiing: Yes
・Number of trails: 8
・Length of longest trail: 4km
・Altitude:735-1,345m

Season and hours of operation
 December 17, 2016- April 2, 2017
 ※The period of operation is subject to change due to the amount of snow.
 8:30-16:30

Prices
・Lift
 1-Day Ticket Adult: 4,000 JPY
 2-Day Ticket Adult: 7,000 JPY
 Half-Day Ticket Adult: 3,000 JPY
 Single Ride Adult: 600 JPY

Directions
・15 minutes by bus from Myoko-Kogen Station on the JR Shinetsu Line
・5 minutes by car from the Myoko-Kogen IC of the Joshinetsu Expressway

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An authentic ski resort your family will love, easily accessible by either car or train. There are no snowboarders on the slopes, so your family can relax and enjoy skiing.
The NASPA New Otani Hotel is also connected, so you can enjoy your time after skiing.

○Slope information
・Snowboarding: Prohibited on all trails
・Children’s trail(s): Yes
・Night skiing: Yes (on designated days)
・Number of trails: 8
・Length of longest trail: 2.2km
・Altitude: 430-690m

Season and hours of operation
 December 22, 2016- April 9, 2017
 ※The period of operation is subject to change due to the amount of snow.

Prices
・Lift
 1-Day Ticket (8:30-17:00) Adult: 4,200 JPY
 Morning Ticket (8:30-13:00) Adult: 3,200 JPY
 Afternoon Ticket (12:30-17:00) Adult: 3,200 JPY
 Late Ticket (10:00-17:00) Adult: 3,700 JPY
 Evening Ticket (17:00-18:00) Adult: 1,000 JPY
 Single Ride Adult: 450 JPY

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Akakura Onsen Ski Resort is famous for its snowboarding slope. Features tables, snow parks, and other attractions, and its various courses are quite popular. Also holds many events for the whole family.

○Slope information
・Snowboarding: Permitted on all trails; also has a snowboarding park
・Children’s trail(s): Yes (free of entrance fees)
・Night skiing: Yes
・Number of trails: 16
・Length of longest trail: 2km
・Altitude: 720-1,500m

Season and hours of operation
 December 10, 2016- April 2, 2017
 ※The period of operation is subject to change due to the amount of snow.
 8:30-16:30
(Night skiing from 17:00-22:00)

Prices
・Lift
 1-Day Ticket Adult: 4,300 JPY
 Night Ticket Adult: 2,500 JPY
   
Directions
・10 minutes by bus from Myoko-Kogen Station on the JR Shinetsu Line
・4km, about 10 minutes by car, from the Myoko-Kogen IC of the Joshinetsu Expressway

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Cupid Valley offers a wide variety of ski passes for slopes in Joetsu City, the origin of skiing in Japan. The compacted snow makes for a safe and enjoyable run down the slopes.

○Slope information
・Snowboarding: Permitted on all trails; also has a snowboarding park
・Children’s trail(s): Yes
・Number of trails: 9
・Length of longest trail: 4km
・Altitude: 430-960km
・Bathing facilities: Yes

Season and hours of operation
 December 16, 2016-
 ※The period of operation is subject to change due to the amount of snow.

Prices
・Lift
 1-Day Ticket Adult: 4,300 JPY
 Night Ticket Adult: 1,500 JPY

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Joetsu Kokusai is ten million square meter slope with 25 lifts and 22 unique courses, with runs available to enjoy for beginners through advanced skiers. Snow parks, half pipes, and kid’s areas mean everyone’s needs will be fulfilled. 10 restaurants offer a variety of menus from Japanese to Western food.

○Slope information
・Snowboarding: Permitted on all trails
・Children’s trail(s): Yes
・Night skiing: Yes
・Number of trails: 22
・Length of longest trail: 6km
・Altitude: 200-1,017m

Season and hours of operation
 December 17, 2016- April 9, 2017
 ※The period of operation is subject to change due to the amount of snow.

Prices
・Lift
 1-Day Ticket (8:00-17:00) Adult: 4,000 JPY
 Long 1-Day Ticket(8:00-21:00) Adult: 4,500 JPY
 Afternoon and Night Ticket (12:00-21:00) Adult: 4,000 JPY
 2-Day Ticket (Until 17:00 on the 2nd day) Adult: 7,000 JPY
 Night Ticket (17:00-21:00) Adult: 1,500 JPY

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Enjoy an exhilarating trip down the mountain, dropping 1124 meters in elevation over 8.5 kilometers. The slopes offer a lot of variety, so you are guaranteed to have a great time skiing here!

○Slope information
・Snowboarding: Permitted on all trails; also has a snowboarding park
・Children’s trail(s): Yes
・Night skiing: No
・Number of trails: 16 (including a mogul course and a trail without compacted snow)
・Length of longest trail: 8.5km
・Altitude: 731-1,885m
・Bathing facilities: No

Season and hours of operation
 December 17, 2016- March 26, 2017
 ※The period of operation is subject to change due to the amount of snow.
 Weekdays 8:30-16:30
 Saturdays 8:00-16:30

Prices
・Lift
 1-Day Ticket Adult: 4,500 JPY
 4-Hour Ticket Adult: 3,600 JPY
   
Directions
・25 minutes by bus from Myoko-Kogen Station on the JR Shinetsu Line
・10 minutes by car from the Myoko-Kogen IC of the Joshinetsu Expressway

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At Kagura enjoy a ski paradise while taking in breathtaking views of Niigata’s boundary mountains. The Kagura area has a very high elevation, so you can ski from late November until early May. The snow quality from December to March is of the very best powder almost every day. Please come experience the nature surroundings in their untouched splendor.

○Slope information
・Snowboarding: Permitted on all trails
・Children’s trail(s): Yes
・Night skiing: No
・Number of courses:
 Tashiro area: 12
 Kagura/ Mitsumata area: 12
・Length of longest trail: 6km
・Altitude: 620-1,845m

Season and hours of operation
Tashiro Area
 December 10, 2016- May 7, 2017
 ※The period of operation is subject to change due to the amount of snow.

Kagura/ Mitsumata
 November 25, 2016- May 28, 2017
 ※The period of operation is subject to change due to the amount of snow.

Prices
・Lift
 1-Day (Open-17:00) Adult: 4,700 JPY
 Half-day (Open-13:00 or 11:45-17:00) Adult: 3,500 JPY
・Ski/ snowboard set
 Adult: 4,200 JPY

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Muikamachi Hakkaisan ski resort is on a national scale with its 815 meter drop, and all levels from beginner to very advanced can enjoy its slopes. The fastest ski lift in Japan (10m/second) holds 81 people and can bring you to the summit in five minutes.

The view from the top is exhilarating, and the snow is always powder quality. Try one of 15 courses of varying difficulty, including an easy run from the summit special for beginners.

○Slope information
・Snowboarding: Permitted on all trails
・Children’s trail(s): Yes
・Night skiing: No
・Number of trails: 15 (including a trail without compacted snow)
・Length of longest trail: 6km
・Altitude: 335-1,170m

Season and hours of operation
 December 17, 2016- March 26, 2017
 ※The period of operation is subject to change due to the amount of snow.
 8:00-16:30

Prices
・Lift
 1-Day Ticket Adult: 3,900 JPY
 5-Hour Ticket (5 hours from the time of purchase) Adult: 3,600 JPY
 3-Hour Ticket Adult: 3,200 JPY
 Single Ride Adult: 500 JPY
・Round-Trip Ropeway Ticket (1 round-trip) Adults, junior high, and high school students: 2,000 JPY

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A ski resort located on a 1421 meter vertical drop on the west face of Mt. Ninohji, with a point 936 meters high and plenty of high-quality snow. Skiers can go 3km from the mountain and those of intermediate level and up can taste the real thrills of the long course.

○Slope information
・Snowboarding: Permitted on all trails
・Children’s trail(s): Yes
・Night skiing: Yes
・Number of trails: 6
・Length of longest trail: 3km
・Altitude: 317-936m

Season and hours of operation
 December 17, 2016-
 ※The period of operation is subject to change due to the amount of snow.
  Weekdays 8:30-17:00
  Weekends and holidays 8:30-17:00
  Night skiing from 17:00-

Price
・Lift
 1-Day Ticket Adult: 4,000 JPY
 5-Hour Ticket Adult: 3,500 JPY
 Night Ticket
  Adult: 2,000 JPY(17:00 - 21:00)
      2,800JPY(17:00 - 23:00)

・Rentals
 Ski set Adult: 4,000 JPY
 Snowboard Adult: 4,000 JPY

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Decide who makes the best zoni in Japan! “What’s zoni,” you ask? It’s a traditional soup make of mochi pounded rice cakes and vegetables that’s traditionally eaten on New Year’s Day. The mochi used in this event is made from Shibata-produced koganemochi, made from rice planted and harvested by the children of Shibata. This event, the best known of Shibata’s winter events, attracts over ten thousand visitors every year.

Date/ Time:
Sunday, January 8th, 2017

Venue:
7-2 Chuocho 3-chome, Shibata City, Niigata Prefecture

Directions:
● 5 minutes by car from JR Shibata Station on the Uetsu Line
●13 minutes by car from the Seiro-Shibata IC on the Nihonkai-Tohoku Expressway

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The Hokkeshu-sohonzan Honjo-ji Temple Setsubun Oni Dance is a melee of red, blue, yellow, green, and black oni, or Japanese demons, running amok with saws, axes, and knives in the main temple grounds. At the end, boys and girls born in a year with the same Chinese Zodiac sign as the current year repel the oni by throwing beans at them and yelling “fuku wa uchi, oni wa soto” or “in with luck, out with demons,” a tradition which is across Japan on Setsubun to pray for peace and safety. In the somber atmosphere of the temple grounds, you can fully feel the impact of the reverberating cries of the oni and their destructive rampage.

* Setsubun is a Japanese holiday that celebrates the day before spring on the lunar calendar. Japanese people participate in traditional events such as the aforementioned bean throwing to drive away evil sprits and bring in good fortune.

Date/Time:
February 3rd(Setsubun)
First performance begins at 1:00 p.m.;
second performance at 3:00 p.m.

Venue:
Hokkeshu-sohonzan Hojo-ji Temple, 1-1-20 Nishihonjoji, Sanjo City
Directions:
●10 minutes by foot from JR Sanjo Station on the Shinetsu Line
●15 minutes by car from the Sanjo-Tsubame IC on the Hokuriku Expressway

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Back in the days before refrigerators were invented, people in the Nagaoka region used to pack snow into pyramid shapes and preserve them, then they sold them year round for people to use like a refrigerator. These snow pyramids were called yuki-shika.

The festival features over 100 snowmen, and in addition to making your own distinct snowman, you can see a giant yuki-shika re-creation, enjoy games in the snow, buy food and drinks, and watch the stage shows and fireworks. It’s an event full of activities for the whole family to enjoy!

Dates:
Saturday, February 18 - Sunday, February 19, 2017
   
Location:
Senshughara Furusato no Mori Park, 3-315-11 Senshu, Nagaoka

Directions
・25 minutes by bus (Chuo-junkan Line) from Nagaoka Station on the JR Shinetsu Line
・15 minutes by car from the Nagaoka IC on the Kanetsu Expressway

Niigata’s Winter Shoku no Jin, “Toujitsuza”

Niigata’s Winter Shoku no Jin marks the 25th major Niigata foods event. The theme is “rice culture = rice jin.”

There will be 4 venues throughout Niigata City, and each will have original hot pot dishes, sushi prepared by sushi chefs, and local cuisine available at food stalls.

When:
February 11, 2017 (Sat.), 10:00AM-5:00PM*
February 12, 2017 (Sun.), 10:00AM-4:00PM*
*Or until sold out
Where:
•Furumachi venue
10 minutes by bus from JR Niigata Station
•Bandai City venue
10 minutes on foot from JR Niigata Station Bandai Exit
•Pia Bandai venue
16 minutes on foot from JR Niigata Station Bandai Exit
•Niigata Furusato Village venue
10 minutes by car from the Hokuriku Expressway “Niigata Nishi” interchange

Ojiya Balloon Festival

Japan’s representative hot air balloon competition the “Sea of Japan Cup Cross Country Championship” is the main event of this festival, but there is also the wondrous Glow Balloon Festival with hot air balloons, fireworks, and lanterns. You can also ride in a hot air balloon. The hot air balloons floating in the air enchant their audience with their vividly-colored forms.

Umaimono Plaza has a good selection of delicious, local staple foods.

When: February 25-26, 2017 (Sat. & Sun.)
Where: Nishinaka venue (hot air balloon competition)
Hirasawa venue (hot air balloon rides)

Tsunan Snow Festival

This is the snow festival of Tsunan, one of the world’s most prominent areas for heavy snowfall. You can ride snowmobiles, go on a treasure hunt in the snow, and have fun in ways that are only possible when you have this much snow, and there are also sky lanterns.

When: March 11, 2017 (Sat.), 11:00AM-8:30PM
Where: Special venue at New Greenpia Tsunan
Tsunan-machi, Akinari 12300

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Known as a strange custom of Echigo (the former name of Niigata), son-in-law throwing is a Lunar New Year tradition passed down for 600 years in the Yumoto community of Matsunoyama. After the local men who got married in the past year get thrown into the snow, , all visitors to the shrine can say their congratulations while they paint each others’ faces with an ink made of sacred ash mixed with snow. This simple festivity is done to pray for perfect health and family prosperity in the New Year.

Date/ Time:
January 15th, 2017; 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
※Son-in-laws are thrown in the beginning

Location:
Next to Yakushido Shrine, Yumoto, Matsunoyama, Tokamachi City

Directions:
25 minutes by bus from Matsudai Station on Hokuhoku Line

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Tokamachi Yuki Matsuri was started in 1950 by the citizens and for the citizens of Tokamachi based on the idea “let’s not make snow our enemy, let’s make snow our friend.”
The fireworks that decorate the sky at the finale of the snow-stage carnival make snowy scenery that appears straight out of a fantasy.

Dates/Times: Friday, February 17th to Sunday, February 19th, 2017
Festival begins at 6 p.m. on Friday and ends around 4 p.m. on Sunday

Locations: Special site at Jogaoka Pureland in Tokamachi City
School grounds of Tokamachi High School and other locations around the city

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90 breweries in Niigata Prefecture, 500 types of refined sake, all gathered under one roof!
Niigata Sake no Jin is a thoroughly established two-day event full of highlights and flavor. The 90 sake breweries located in Niigata Prefecture all bring their best sake to one location. If you purchase a sake tasting ticket (2,000 yen in advance, 2,500 yen at the door), you can enjoy over 500 types of refined sake to your heart’s content. Get your fill of delicious, distinctive Niigata sake along with Niigata foods that pair well with sake.

Dates and Times:
Saturday, March 11th, 2017; 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday, March 12th, 2017; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Venue:
Toki Messe, 6-1 Bandaijima, Chuo-ku, Niigata City

Directions:
●15 minutes by bus from JR Niigata Station Bandai Exit Bus Terminal platform 5 Get off at the “Toki Messe” bus stop on buses headed to Sado Kisen
●5 minutes by taxi from JR Niigata Station

Expressway:
●30 minutes by car from the Niigata-Nishi IC on the Hokuriku
●20 minutes by car from the Niigata-Kameda IC on the Nihonkai-Tohoku Expressway

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Come and celebrate kanburi, Niigata’s delicious yellowtail that represents the very best of winter delicacies of Sado. Beginning with fishing with large nets, get you fill of yellowtail through fish cutting demonstrations, fresh fish for sale, and yellowtail fish races.
The first 1,000 people to arrive at the hall will get free fish soup and welcome sake tasting.

Date:Sunday, December 4th, 2016
  (The first Sunday of December each year)

Time:10:00a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Venue:Washizaki Harbor event plaza, Sado City

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This gorgeous event is a winter tradition of Niigata. All of the 198 trees that line Keyaki-dori Street on the south side of JR Niigata Station will be decorated with a total of 260,000 lights to create a vivid illumination.

Period:
Friday, December 9th, 2016 to Tuesday, February 14th,2017; 5:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.

Location:
Niigata Ekinan Keyaki-dori Street Tenjin 1 Chome, Chuo-ku, Niigata City

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With over 1,200 years of history, this festival is considered of the three strangest festivals in Japan. The highlight of the festival is the crowd of worshipers jostling each other in order to be the first to pay worship to Bishamon, the Buddhist god of war and wealth.

Dates and Times:
Pre-festival night celebration: March 2nd
・Praying from 6-8 p.m.
・Fire-lighting ceremony from 8 p.m.
Festival day: March 3rd,
・Daytime events: children’s parade,
sacred rice cake distribution, etc.
・6-11 p.m.: jostling, sacred lantern and rice cake distribution, etc.

Location:Bishamon-do,Urasa Fukoji Temple grounds

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Gourmet Japanese restaurants, sushi restaurants, hotels, and Japanese-style inns throughout Niigata City will present culinary gems.

Location:Various locations in Niigata City

Direction:
●By JR train lines:
○From Tokyo
Joetsu Shinkansen line from Tokyo Station to Niigata Station

○From Nagoya
Tokaido Shinkansen line from Nagoya station to Tokyo Station,
Joetsu Shinkansen line from Tokyo Station to Niigata Station

○From Osaka
Tokaido Shinkansen line from Shin-Osaka Station to Tokyo Station,
Joetsu Shinkansen line from Tokyo Station to Niigata Station

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Osaki Soba, made from only stone ground buckwheat flour and water, is “one hundred percent buckwheat soba”
Besides trying this soba made from 100% buckwheat flour, visitors can also enjoy local foods like dango dumplings, boiled dishes, and mountain vegetables. You can even see some of the Osaki region’s traditional performing arts.
Tour participants will be able to visit Watatsu shrine and ride the Tarai-bune tub boats.

※Book early, as spaces fill up quickly with both tourists from outside the island and repeat visitors.

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