The Bandai Bridge is a beautifully crafted stone bridge that is known as the symbol of Niigata City. The bridge connects the Bandai district (the area in front of Niigata Station known for it's entertainment spots) with the Furumachi area, where the modern department stores and restaurants are located.
Visit a Buddhist Temple
There are many Buddhist temples found throughout Niigata. Good times to visit a Buddhist temple include but are not limited to: Setsubun (in February: a time for casting out evil spirits), New Years (where you've a chance to participate in the ringing of the bell one out of 144 times), and the local Buddhist temple's festival (which varies depending on the temple).