Amano - worth the visit?

I'll be going to Japan in a few weeks to visit my folks and I was
wondering a couple of things:

 * Does Amano have any kind of visitor facilities?

 * If so, is it worth going way out to the boondocks in Niigata to
   take a look?  I've never been to the western coast of Japan

Richard Masoner
in Champaign Illinois, where the foot of snow on the ground is melting.