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Echigo Hillside Park

Get lost in this huge flower haven twice the size of Tokyo's Yoyogi Park with festivals and events in every season.

? This location is in Niigata Prefecture —  GaijinPot Travel’s No. 1 place to visit in 2018! ?

Floral colors explode in this park complex during warmer months, but winter is just as dynamic with snow activities.

Echigo Hillside Park, despite being located in the bustling Nagaoka City, is a local favorite in Niigata Prefecture. With an enormous size of 120 hectares, this national government park is more than twice the size of many Tokyo dwellers’ favorite Yoyogi Park (54 hectares). Picnicking is a popular pastime at Echigo Hillside Park, but restaurants, the observatory and the rest house offer plenty of indoor spaces, too.

Photo by: Cara Lam The national governmental park is located in Niigata.

There is a reason to visit this park in every season: flowers and festivals from February to October and snow activities from November to late January.

Flowers bloom generously in Japan, but only a few places have enough variety to allow a few hours’ walk through the gardens. The enormity of The park allows for numerous flower festivals, where visitors can walk through a flower promenade, gardens and exhibits around the park’s spacious ponds. Surrounding flowers come in many varieties and some are even for sale in the small market near the entrance.

Photo by: Cara Lam Beautiful tulips in late April.


The winter illumination event in December is a prelude to Winter Festa, a family and chlidren-friendly event in January, where visitors can ski and get on snowmobiles. What’s more, you can witness beautiful hellebores (Christmas rose) and hepatica (buttercup) flower breeds that dominate the park in February and March.


Yet the peak season starts in April — slightly after the falling of cherry blossom petals — when red, yellow, pink, white and purple tulips bloom across the park. You can even get your hands on Dutch goods during this period.

Photo by: Cara Lam Lovely roses in May.

Another popular festival is the rose festival in late May. The intricate petal structure and elegant colors of the roses will bathe you in romance for days.

Summer and autumn

Summer nights in July and August feature an “illuminated music fountain,” where water shows are timed with lightings and music. Autumn draws attention to cosmos flowers and autumn roses.

Photo by: uka0310 Water play zone of Koshi-no-ike Pond in Echigo Hillside Park.

Echigo Hillside Park may even help you gain a sense of why and how flowers are often depicted in Japanese literature — and you’ll have a lot of fun along the way.

Things To Know

Hours and fees

Things to know Opening hours: April: 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. May to August: 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. September, October: 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. November to March: 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Admission: ¥410 for adults, ¥80 for children up to junior high school, and ¥210 for senior visitors.

Official Website


How To Get There


Japan, 〒940-2147 Niigata-ken, Nagaoka-shi, Shinyō, 2 Chome, 県道48号線

By bus

By bus from Nagaoka Station: Take the New Town line via Sekihara. Get on at Nagaoka Station Ote exit (Platform 6) and get off at Echigo Hillside Park car park. It takes about 36 minutes.

By car

If you’re coming by Kanetsu or Hokuriku Highway, exit at Nagaoka Interchange and head for Kashiwazaki on Route 8 for 10 minutes. Plenty of parking available at the park.

Where To Stay

Nishidani Onsen Chuseikan
  • 480 Nishidani, Nagaoka-shi, Niigata, 949-5121 Japan
  • ¥6,955 - ¥16,910
  • 4.5/5 (196 reviews)
  • 8.2 km
Nagaoka Grand Hotel (BBH Hotel Group)
  • 1-2-1 Higashisakanoemachi, Nagaoka-shi, Niigata, 940-0066 Japan
  • ¥6,400 - ¥24,600
  • 3.8/5 (1,689 reviews)
  • 8.8 km
Hotel Hokke Club Niigata-Nagaoka
  • 1-3-2 Jonaicho, Nagaoka-shi, Niigata, 940-0061 Japan
  • ¥5,588 - ¥21,750
  • 4.18/5 (3,025 reviews)
  • 9.0 km
JR-East Hotel Mets Nagaoka
  • 2-4-9 Daimachi, Nagaoka-shi, Niigata, 940-0048 Japan
  • ¥7,000 - ¥31,000
  • 4.23/5 (2,263 reviews)
  • 9.2 km

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