Niigata visit

I had an overnight visit to Niigata Prefecture.  From Tokyo, it is a 2-hour Joetsu Shinkansen ride to Niigata City, one of the largest cities on the side of Sea of Japan.

A view from the observatory of Toki Messe, the tallest building there.

The ferry terminal.  I remember the controversy while back for it was allowing a North Korean ship to dock.

The main road was covered with snow.

Niigata's famous for good sake, fish, and soba noodles.

A lot of snow in front of Echigo Yuzawa Station, close from ski resorts of Niigata.

A statue of Komako, a character in Nobel Prize winner, Yasunari Kawabata's Snow Country.

A typical view outside of the train I rode.

We have a lot of snow this winter season in Japan.

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