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Itinerary for Niigata (base of operations was the Toyoko Inn Niigata Ekimae, Niigata, Japan [Google Maps]):
2014/08/02 – Arrival from Osaka, Walkabout/Geocaching
2014/08/03 – Nagaoka (Nagaoka Festival)
2014/08/04 – Departure for Hakodate
A 4 minutes segment from the 2 hours long fireworks show at the Nagaoka Festival
Leaving Niigata – 8mins of mostly rice fields