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Enjoy a Niigata Stay-cation this Summer!

Has the past year given you a travel itch? Does your employer or town still request you don’t leave the prefecture? Then a “Summer Stay-cation” may be just the ticket! Niigata prefecture’s latest travel campaign named “Tsukattoku!” (使っ得!pronouncedつかっとく!), which translates to “use it” or “take it”, is practically screaming for Read more…

Summer Festivals

Summer in Niigata is awash with hundreds of festivals all over the prefecture.   For new JETs these are a great way to experience  the very heart of your communities and this amazing prefecture before you have to knuckle down into the teaching role. Below is information on some if the Read more…

Niigata Museums

Recommended by Niigata JETs Name: Donald Keene Center Kashiwazaki (ドナルド・キーン・センター柏崎) City: Kashiwazaki Website: http://www.donaldkeenecenter.jp/ A small museum which houses the works of famous author and translator Donald Keene. There are English speaking staff on site. This place also houses special exhibitions throughout the year.   Name: Kinare  (Echigotsumaari satoyama gendai bijutsukan, 越後妻有里山現代美術館「キナーレ」) City: Tokamachi Website: Read more…