THE SHINANO RIVER
Japan's longest river, the Shinano, runs through the center of Niigata City. There are four bridges connecting both sides of the river. The Bandai Bridge is the most famous of these bridges.
There is a fifth bridge being constructed north of Bandai Bridge and a tunnel across the mouth of the Shinano River. The bridge is being built to connect the center of the city with Niigata's bypass and to relieve congestion in the city. The new bridge will be called Ryuto Ohashi and is planned to open in time for the World Cup Soccer.
Go to the Symphony
Go to Niigata City Performing Arts Center, where you can enjoy an afternoon or an evening at the Symphony. The Concert Hall seats up to 1,890 people. Sometimes they have free concerts.
Unlike back home (in San Francisco) I noticed that people here don't always dress up. Surprisingly many people come in whatever suits them (jeans, shorts, tank tops, etc.). I don't recommend this as I haven't had a chance to go to enough of the symponies to validate that this always happen. I've only been to them in the afternoons when I didn't have to worry about my work schedule. I recommend that you dress up regardless because it fits the air of the symphony much better.
Beverages and light snacks are available at concession stands during breaks.