Niigata Prefecture

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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]

History[change | edit source]

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

Geography[change | edit source]

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 Parks[change | edit source]

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

Shrines and Temples[change | edit source]

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

Related pages[change | edit source]

References[change | edit source]

  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" retrieved 2012-3-19.
  6. "Nationwide List of Ichinomiya," p. 2; retrieved 2012-3-13.

Other websites[change | edit source]

Media related to Niigata prefecture at Wikimedia Commons