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 Our visit to Japan to see the Koi Breeders

February 1, 2010

It has always been a dream to visit Japan and see the koi breeders. After a 14 hour flight from Newark New Jersey to Narita Airport, a 1 hour Narita Express train ride to Tokyo and a 2.5 hour Shinkansen train ride to Nagaoka we arrived at the Nagaoka Grand Hotel.  Once we arrived at our hotel we met up with our tour guide, Steve Gibbons of Koi Tours. We spent 3 days with Steve visiting some of the koi breeders in the Niigata Prefecture. On the last day we accompanied Steve to the 2010 41st Annual All Japan Koi Show in Niigata City, Japan.

All Japan Koi Show 2010

The breeders we visited while in Japan was Nishikigoi Niigata Direct, Marusho Koi Farm, Kaneko Koi Farm, Dainichi, Marusei, Marasada, Marudo, Isa, Miyakoya pond shop, Tarazo, Izurniya, Miyatora, Yagenji, Marasada, Shintaro and Nagomi.

After spending 3 days visiting the koi breeders and 3 days at the All Japan Koi Show, we headed to Hakone, Mt Fuji, Kyoto and our final stop in Tokyo before heading back home.

It snowed for 5 straight days while we were in Japan.  I have never seen so much snow in my life.  Up in the mountains of Niigata Prefecture they are  well equipped with snow equipment and we didnt have much problems getting around. It was great having a tour guide like Steve that spoke english and knew his way to all of the breeders.



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