Man-made lake where thousands of swans and ducks migrate to during the winter months. Swans have been coming here since 1950. During the day, they feed on harvested rice paddies. The bird has become a symbol of the city. In Oct. 2008, Lake Hyoko or Lake Hyo was added to the list of wetlands of international importance under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. Also see my YouTube video here.
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Yoshida Togo was a famous geographer of Japan who compiled an encylopedia of Japanese place names. His son was Yoshida Chiaki who composed the melody of the song "Biwako Shuko no Uta" (Lake Biwa Rowing Song). His birth home is open for public viewing and adjacent to it is a memorial museum.
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Toki Messe is a multipurpose complex which includes a convention center, exhibition hall, hotel and office tower (the city's tallest building), art museum, and an observation deck on the 31st floor for great views of the city.
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A large Japanese-style house built in the late 19th century, converted into a museum. Formerly the estate of the Ito farming family who owned large tracts of land in Niigata. After the war, the estate was saved by Lieutenant Ralph E. White, a US soldier from the Occupation Forces. Museum Web site here.
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Completed around 1654, this is the only castle in Niigata with Edo-Era structures still remaining. Two turrets were reconstructed in June 2004. The castle grounds is also occupied by the Ground Self-Defence Forces, making the area open to the public quite small. One of the reconstructed turrets is also inaccessible due to the military base. Still, it is one of Japan's 100 Famous Castles.
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Yuzawa 湯沢町Pictures of Yuzawa-machi town, Niigata Prefecture.