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Contemplating Niigata as a Day Trip

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Visiting Japan next month and will be taking a couple of day trips with my JR Rail Pass. I'm already going to Nagoya for the Summer Basho but am contemplating Niigata to tour some of the sake factories. Is this a worthwihle use of my time? I'm thinking of arriving at 9am and leaving around 5pm on the Shinkansen after an early dinner.

Any thoughts on the sake and my dining choices?

My B choice is Kiuchi Brewery in Ibaraki

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