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Destroyed, Dismantled, Rebuilt: Takada Castle in Niigata

Niigata prefecture lies on the western coast of Japan, over 200km northwest of Tokyo. Its hilly geography is perfect for growing rice and producing sake, while the Sea of Japan coastline provides a saltier type of bounty. And, like much of Japan...

From Tokyo to the Snow in 2 Hours! A Gala Yuzawa Day Trip

When people think of skiing and snowboarding in Japan, they’re likely to think of Hakuba and Niseko. As amazing as these ski resorts are, they can be a little out of the question for some, particularly those with limited time. If you’re...

Sampling Local Sake at Niigata’s Ponshukan Sake Museum

Each of Japan’s 47 prefectures has something they're particularly proud of; in Niigata, it’s rice. The geographic conditions of this hilly area produce a high quality grain that’s sought out and enjoyed by millions across Japan. But what would a bowl of...