Minamiuonuma is located in the southern part of Niigata Prefecture, a quick 80 minutes from Tokyo Station by Shinkansen. Not only the city is a favorite skiing destination, it is the home of Japan's most famous brand of rice: Minamiuonuma Koshihikari. The area boasts a wonderful natural environment, with spectacular natural vistas all year round, hot springs, and many sports and recreation facilities. Accordingly, it is a highly popular travel destination.