Nagaoka/Ojiya Area

Niigata, Chubu

The Nagaoka/Ojiya area in Niigata Prefecture, facing the Sea of Japan, has unusually heavy snowfall even compared with other places around the world. Located in the basin of the Shinano River, this is a region famous for its prosperous rice cultivation and production of Japanese rice wine. The area is also renowned for its traditional culture, such as the Ojiya Chijimi cloth, and the Nagaoka Festival (including the Nagaoka Fireworks Display held at the beginning of August).

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