Voyage

Niigata City Guide

I’ve written Niigata as one of the cities I would want to visit this year since my sister is currently working there but it seems like it won’t happen this trip. My family already planned to go to Kyoto and Tokyo and of course I want to be with them. Although, I would want to see more places such as Hokkaido and Nagasaki by May (my birthday month), nothing is final yet. Let’s cross our fingers together for that. For now, check out the rest of my travel bucket list destinations here.

Niigata City

Niigata city is the capital of Niigata prefecture located at the northwest coast of Honshu (the largest island of Japan) in Chubu region. It is most famous for their ski resorts like Yuzawa. It’ one of the lesser know cities in Japan but like any other city here, it’s a one-of-a-kind gem.

View from the top

Tip: Get a discounted JR East Pass via Klook going to Niigata, Nagano area. Imagine unlimited travel on local, express, limited express trains (including shinkansen/ bullet trains) for any 5 days within 14 day period policy.

 The historical Bandai bridge crossing Shinano river

Niigata Nippo Media Ship is 344 ft. tall and has 20 floors. On the top floor, there’s a conservatory where you can see the 360-degree view of the city.

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It takes 10 minutes on foot from Niigata Station Bandai Exit

Alternatively, you can take The Bandai City Bus located at Stop no. 3

Niigata is a snow country but at the same time it is close to the beach, facing the Sea of Japan.

Other places to explore: 

  1. Sado – Seaside resorts and momiji (autumn leaves)
  2. Myoko – Skiing, momiji and mountains
  3. Yuzawa – for their ski resorts and Snow Country Museum
  4. Joetsu – for Cherry Blosoms viewing, visit Takada Castle (via Echigo Tokimeki Railway)

Going to Niigata from Tokyo

It takes approximately 2 hours via shinkansen / bullet train. If you’re a tourist, I highly recommend getting JR Pass to go here. Check out my tip above.

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