Niigata Prefecture, situated approximately in the center of Japan, can be reached within 2 hours from Tokyo. It offers sights like Sado Gold and Silver Mine, which is being petitioned for recognition as a world heritage site, as well as cultural experiences, like Tokamachi's art festivals. Enjoy the great outdoors at Itoigawa UNESCO Global Geopark, Lake Okutadami, Myoko's Lake Imori, and snow sports at Myoko and Yuzawa. You can try cuisine that makes the best of fresh seafood and seasonal produce, such as Koshihikari rice from Uonuma, salmon from Murakami, and crab from Nou, and also relax at hot springs like Tsukioka Onsen, and much more.