Niigata Prefecture

prefecture of Japan

Niigata Prefecture (新潟県, Niigata-ken) is a prefecture in the Chūbu region of Japan on the island of Honshū.[1] The capital city is Niigata.[2]



Until after the Meiji Restoration, the area that is now Niigata Prefecture was divided into Echigo Province and Sado Province.[3]


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.[source?]

In winter, it snows a lot in Niigata, and winter sports are popular.[source?]

National ParksEdit

National Parks are established in about 25% of the total land area of the prefecture.[4] including

Shrines and TemplesEdit

Yahiko-jinja, Kota-jinja, Amatsu-jinja and Watatsu-jinja are the chief Shinto shrines (ichinomiya) in the prefecture. [6]

Related pagesEdit


  1. Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Niigata-ken" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 711.
  2. Nussbaum, "Niigata" at p. 711.
  3. Nussbaum, "Provinces and prefectures" at p. 780.
  4. Japan Ministry of the Environment, "General overview of area figures for Natural Parks by prefecture"; retrieved 2012-3-13.
  5. Japan Ministry of the Environment, "Bandai-Asahi National Park" Archived 2014-09-09 at the Wayback Machine retrieved 2012-3-19.
  6. "Nationwide List of Ichinomiya," p. 2; retrieved 2012-3-13.

Other websitesEdit

  Media related to Niigata prefecture at Wikimedia Commons