Welcome to
Nishikan, Niigata City
Welcome toNishikan, Niigata City

Niigata City is a large agricultural city that boasts the largest paddy field acreage and rice production of all municipalities of Japan.
Nishikan Ward, with the most agricultural land area in Niigata City, is blessed with abundant nature.
By utilizing the characteristics of this vast agricultural environment, unique works made with rice straw ("wara" in Japanese) naturally emerged, and Wara Art was born.
The Wara Art Festival is held in the summer, and you can enjoy the completed sculptures, local specialties, and the rich green nature of the park. In winter, the snow blankets the land, dyeing it pure white. Every time you visit, it shows you another side of itself; that's Nishikan Ward.

About Wara Art

About Wara Art

Wara Art was born in Nishikan Ward in 2006. These unique works made with straw (wara in Japanese) can be said to be a form of art that naturally emerged from Nishikan Ward, one of Japan's largest agricultural areas. Cooperation between young Tokyoites and local residents supports these works that astonish and move so many tourists.



Round-table Chat: Nishikan Ward, Cuisine, and Wara Art



Nishikan Ward Wander Tour

Nishikan Ward is more than just the Wara Art sculptures-we have beautiful rice field landscapes, hot springs, mountains, and the sea.

About Nishikan Ward/Tourism Information

About Nishikan Ward/Tourism Information

In Nishikan Ward, you can encounter gourmet cuisine and culture unique to this place with seasonal beautiful scenery, delicious rice, and more. Create your own personal memories amidst the picturesque landscape of traditional Japan.

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Directions to Niigata Prefecture

By airplane from overseas

  • From Seoul

    1 hour 50 minutes

  • From Shanghai

    2 hours 30 minutes

  • From Harbin

    2 hours 10 minutes

  • From Taipei

    3 hours 10 minutes

By Shinkansen from Tokyo

  • Joetsu Shinkansen

    2 hours


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Directions to Nishikan Ward

Via the JR Echigo Line from Niigata Station

  • Echigo-Sone Station, 35 minutes

    Maki Station, 40 minutes

    Iwamura Station, 45 minutes

This year’s theme is “Lucky things that bring vitality to those who see them.”Ho-oh, Amabie, and Sankaku Daruma will bless us with their presence!

Wara Art Festival 2021

Dates: Sunday, August 29–Sunday, October 31, 2021
Location: Uwasekigata Park

This event is one that only "rice country" Niigata can put on as rice straw ("wara") make up the giant creatures at the Wara Art Festival. The straw creatures will show you a completely alternate universe that explores the theme of what it would be "If" a things were different.

Giant Wara Art sculptures made of rice straw will be displayed at Uwasekigata Park.

In addition, on Saturdays and Sundays during the event, the Nishikan Market will be held so you can enjoy even more of the charms of Nishikan Ward.

If you're going to Nishikan Ward, it's convenient to take a private taxi from the airport!



If you use the Niigata West Coast Liner, it is 80 minutes non-stop from Niigata Airport to Iwamuro Onsen. Have the hotel store your luggage and enjoy a comfortable stroll in the onsen town.

See the Sights of Nishikan Ward by Bus

Nishikan Ward Tourism Loop Bus

Nishikan Ward Tourism Loop Bus

Visit Iwamuroya to buy Nishikan Ward souvenirs and have lunch, hike one of the many trails up Mt. Kakuda, take in the grand view of the Sea of Japan along the Seaside Line coastal road, and enjoy all that Nishikan Ward has to offer. This loop bus visits the various spots of Nishikan Ward from May through October.

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