Niigata Shrine of a Yamabushi in Niigata. Komainu at the entrance of a shinto shrine in Niigata. This one has its mouth open, so it signifies the beginning. View from hills overlooking Niigata rice fields. Taken at a shop in Niigata where you can go and make your own soba noodles and then eat them. Cemetery in Niigata. Rice fields in Niigata. House construction is different in this region due to the large amounts of snow they receive. There are often doors on the second floors of houses. View of the mountains in Niigata. Rice fields in Niigata. Altar at yamabushi’s shrine.