Niigata

Japanese hot spring inn lets you spend night for under US$1 if you do something special in return

Niigata ryokan wants you to make beautiful travel memories and beautiful music.

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Gacha capsule toy machine sells…Japanese rice bags?!

Putting a new spin on the supermarket shop.

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Japanese museum dedicated to salmon have no live salmon on display this year

Where there are normally 60, there’s now a whopping zero.

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Expensive Japanese nail clippers: Are they worth it?

Precision quality from a city known for its blacksmithing techniques. 

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It turns out making this traditional Niigata dessert is easy, so we tried it!【SoraKitchen】

There’s nothing like a fresh-made Sasa Dango!

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This ekiben train station bento is filled with surprises

Join us on the bullet train as we uncover hidden treasure from Niigata.

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Which city spends the most on ramen every year? Not Tokyo, Sapporo, or Fukuoka, but a Tohoku town

Mayor of second-place city expresses regret at not capturing the title of Japan’s biggest ramen-spenders.

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We try a Le Lectier, the highest-quality European pear available in Japan【Taste Test】

This luxury pear is grown almost exclusively in Niigata. Is it worth splurging on?

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Japan’s “station closest to the sea” lives up to its name【Photos】

”Blue ocean” is part of this station’s name, and they’re not kidding.

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Say hello to the Big Bomb Onigiri, a beast of a Japanese rice ball

Famous rice-producing region goes big with a huge offering to attract customers.

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The restaurant where one of Japan’s last samurai lords ate now has a café with really good cake

If Kawai Tsuginosuke were alive today, he’d probably order the Special Plate dessert too.

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This unstaffed Japanese train station is like a Ghibli anime come to life

Little-known gem has one of the most beautiful views in Japan.

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Is fancy drinkable yogurt better than regular yogurt for marinating chicken? 【Taste Test】

We use a super thick and delicious product from Niigata to see if it will make our chicken super juicy!

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Japanese school entrance ceremony held in the metaverse for over 3,000 new students

Metaversity?

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Is anime making otaku eat less rice? Government launches Girl Running Late with Rice Ball Project

Japan’s top rice-growing prefecture designs character, releases two videos in hope of changing anime breakfast trope.

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Boys’ love at the temple? Sensual ikemen art that raised eyebrows in Japan now set to be removed

Modern makeover at centuries-old temple comes to an end, but not for rumoured reasons.

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A visit to Japan’s mysterious Nose Hair Pond

No body shaming at this site of natural beauty.

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Japanese town will give you two million yen for having your third kid there in birth-boosting plan

And if you have another kid after that? Another two million yen.

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We dig into Japanese ice cream flavored with iron metal and are wowed by the result【Taste Test】

Unfortunately, this ice cream isn’t a replacement for your daily iron supplements, but it sure tastes good!

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Pathetically weak Magikarp shown love with Pokémon manhole covers in birthplace of koi culture

Central Japan gets its very first Pokéfuta.

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