Niigata is a prefecture in Japan that offers stunning natural scenery and rich cultural heritage. If you are looking for a memorable trip, you should visit two of its most famous attractions: Kiyotsukyo Gorge and Hoshitouge Terraced Rice Field. Kiyotsukyo Gorge is a deep valley carved by the Shinano River, where you can enjoy the changing colors of the seasons and the majestic views of the cliffs and waterfalls. Hoshitouge Terraced Rice Field is a picturesque landscape of rice paddies that resemble stars in the sky. You can walk along the trails and admire the harmony of nature and human cultivation.
Hoshitouge Terraced Rice Field is a beautiful spot where you can see the rice paddies arranged in terraces along the slopes of the mountains, creating a stunning contrast with the blue sky and the green forest. The best time to visit is in late May or early June, when the rice plants are young and the water reflects the sunlight like a mirror. You can enjoy a leisurely walk around the area, take photos, and admire the rural scenery. You can also learn about the history and culture of rice farming in Japan, and how the local farmers have preserved this traditional landscape for generations. The Hoshitouge Terraced Rice Field is a hidden gem that will make you feel closer to nature and appreciate the beauty of Japan.
Kiyotsu Gorge is one of Japan's top three gorges, located on the border of Yuzawa and Tokamachi in Niigata Prefecture. It is a natural wonder formed by volcanic eruptions and erosion, featuring columnar jointing rock formations and clear blue water. Visitors can enjoy the scenic beauty of the gorge through a 750-meter tunnel with four viewpoints, or relax at the nearby hot spring resort.
*Departure times may vary.
09:00 Depart from Niigata Port
11:30 Visit Hoshitouge Rice Terrace
13:30: Kiyotsu Gorge
15:00 Head to Suitenrou for lunch
17:00 REturn to Niigata Port
We highly recommend that you book our shore excursions now if you will be taking a cruise in 2024. 2023 has already seen large crowds, and 2024 will see even more. We expect many tourists will be unable to book their shore excursions in 2024, so please make your plan as soon as possible.