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close up: Yamaya front entrance
Friends just about to order at Bamiyan
Travel Tips for Niigata
Next 21 was by far the tallest building in Niigata. It is a landmark building that has many boutiques, restaurants and even an event hall. The 19th floor has an observation deck with pretty good views of the city, particularly at night. I have since been informed by someone who has been in Niigata more recently than I have that this building has now been surpassed in height!
There is an underground shopping mall called Nishibori Rosa at the intersection with Mitsukoshi Department Store on one corner. The shopping mall has lots of interesting shops to look at and also connects all the major department stores, NEXT 21 and much of the Furumachi area.
Honor the 'spirits' at Gokoku Shrine
This shrine was built to honor the 'spirits' of the fallen war dead killed during the Boshin War of 1867-68 (before the Meiji Restoration). The Daimyo and his troops were killed in battle in the area of what is today Sekiya on what is also today Niigata Island (very close to where I live today).
The path from the gate (Tori) to the Shrine (Jinja) is approximately 100 metters. The Shrine is beautiful and a good place to take in the surrounding pine trees and a good starting point for seeing other nearby park areas.
It's takes a little less than 20 minutes by bus from Niigata Station. (180 yen one way)
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