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 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.
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.
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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
Other places to explore:
- Sado – Seaside resorts and momiji (autumn leaves)
- Myoko – Skiing, momiji and mountains
- Yuzawa – for their ski resorts and Snow Country Museum
- 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.