Niigata Travel Guide

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Niigata Things to Do

  • Niigata Catholic Church (Cathedral)

    This Cathedral (also known as Christ the King Cathedral) was built in 1885. This year, 2012, was the 100th anniversary for the Niigata Diocese and 50th for when the church became the cathedral for Akita, Yamagata and Niigata Prefecture. The church has an English speaking priest of which mass in English is offered every first Sunday of the month at...

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  • Niigata Science Museum

    This place is cool! In fact, I think it's even better and more extensive than the Palace of Fine Arts EXPLORATORIUM in San Francisco, California (which I've been to 10 times or so (I used to work for the YMCA which takes children to places like this for summer camp)). Niigata Science Museum spans several floors and is made up of numerous rooms...

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  • Hakusan Shrine and Park

    Hakusan Shrine is Niigata city's most prominent Shinto shrine (it is apparently dedicated to thewhite snake god... or so I've heard). People flock to here during New Years, during the Sakura festival, and during the Niigata festival times.Hakusan Shrine is worth seeing all season round. Niigata experiences 4 seasons and as so, Hakusan's beauty is...

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Niigata Hotels

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  • Hotel Nikko Niigata

    Nikko hotels are usually expensive, and I don't often have the opportunity to stay in one, but the...

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  • Country Hotel Niigata

    I tend to get a lot of e-mail questions about where to stay in Niigata for a better price. There's a...

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  • Nikko

    5-1 BANDAIJIMA,NIIGATA-SHI, Niigata-Shi, Niigata,

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

Niigata Restaurants

  • Great Indian Food OUT OF BUSINESS :(

    OUT OF BUSINESSOut of all the restaurants I'm sad to see go this one I will miss the most. They actually had great food and I thought they were popular. It's really too bad they're gone because as far as I knew they had the best Indian food in Niigata. The staff were authentic from India and the food was awesome. Sad they're gone.Anyway below is my...

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  • Delivery Pizza or to go

    Dominoes has come to Niigata. Located in the Shinanomachi/Bunkyochou area of Niigata is there first chain I know of in Niigata. Dominoes in the states is famous for their delivery service, something a kin to if it doesn't get there in 30 minutes... it's free. I never tried Dominoes when I was living in California (way back when), so I had my first...

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  • Lone star OUT OF BUSINESS

    OUT OF BUSINESS Former Review:Lone Star is a small 3-story restaurant located about 4 to 5 minutes on foot from Niigata Station offering small but various types of Mexican dishes. One of the attractions of Lone Star is that it is foreign own (by Greg Hasegawa) and so, Lone Star employs English speaking staff.The service is good (another advantage...

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Niigata Nightlife

  • One of My Favorite Nightlife Spots

    There are 2 of these that I know of in Niigata City. One is located in Furumachi and the other is located about 2 blocks from Niigata station (on the Bandai exit side). The beer is great. And the pub has a good atmosphere. And then the food is good, too. none

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  • The Black Pig - Out of Business

    Some more recent news: Mark Middlemiss, the former owner and operator of the Black Pig, passed away in the winter of 2012... I believe. This info is primarily for those who used to live and Niigata and may not have heard of his passing. R.I.P.OLD NEWS: The Black Pig is out of business and has been replaced by another Bar which itself seems popular...

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  • Free Dinner Last Saturday of the Month

    The Local can best be described as a pub. Unlike a lot of the foreign owned establishments I have been to over the years, the local actually has good food. In fact, tonight just like all the other times I have been there, it was delicious. As one foreigner put it, this is so good its like eating back home.The local also attracts a good group of...

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Niigata Transportation

  • Niigata Airport

    Niigata Airport is a sometimes convenient way to come to or leave Niigata for other destinations.There are regular flights to Korea from which you can travel onto multiple destinations throughout the world.Niigata Airport flies to other areas in Japan including but not limited to Hokkaido and Okinawa.And there is a regular flight to Guam.Niigata...

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  • Travel by Scooter

    One of the best ways to get around Niigata on the cheap and convenient side of things is to buy a scooter. Granted, this is more ideal for those who are going to be here for more than just a few months. But, as things are, some foreigners come for about a year or two. A scooter is a relatively cheap and good way to get around for these reasons:1)...

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  • To Niigata by Shinakansen

    THE BEST WAY TO NIIGATA is by SHINKANSENThe Shinkansen (Bullet Train) travels to and from here everyday of the year. As it is, now all the cars on the Shinkansen cars are non-smoking. So now, at least passengers travelling to or from Niigata won't have to put up with eduring 2 hours of a smoked filled car (I used to hate it!)A trip from Tokyo to...

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Niigata Shopping

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  • Indoor/Outdoor Goods for the Home

    Komeri carries a wide range of inexpensive goods as to indoor and outdoor goods.For the outdoors their are sapplings, sprouts, buds, flowers and everything you need to make your garden happen.For the home there's the paint section, the lighting section, some furniture goods, some computer printer goods, and lots of other stuff that fits just right...

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  • for Ecologically Minded Soaps and...

    I know this store is on the luxerious side, but it is one of my favorite stores of its kind. Actually, I don't even know the names of any of its competitors that are all about the same thing.Over the years I have bought several products from The Body Shop. I like there thinking as far as trying to make this natural. Some particular favorites I'm...

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  • American Size Clothing

    Eddie Bauer's is good for brand name casual wear. They have a better than usual selection of clothes ranging from 1,000 yen plus to more expensive prices. Since I'm a reguler, here is the low down on getting better deals. 1st point, for each Eddie Bauers store you shop at, you can usually get a free 1000 yen gift certificate on your first visit at...

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Niigata Local Customs

  • In APRIL, Go to a Hanami Party in...

    On about the 2nd weekend in Niigata, you can enjoy the beauty of Niigata's bloomingcherry trees (Sakuraki). You can also enjoyeating local food such as popoyagi (only in Niigata). The best place to buy this is at Hakusan Shrine (Hakusan Jinja). There are plenty of Japanese Sakura trees in full bloom at this time. Walk along the ShinanoRiver to see...

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  • Niigata Bijin (Beautiful women)

    Niigata and Akita are famous for beautiful women. In Japan, one of the primary factors of beauty is fair clear skin (think Snow White) which makes Niigata bijin so beautiful. Among other perceived beauty indexes are big eyes, silky hair, and a slim body.

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  • Eating Insects

    This is what it comes down to -a bugs life doesn't matter much.One kind of food I've never had the stomach for is eating Inago (locust). They are fried up in soy sauce and sugar and according to those that go for it, they taste like shrimp.No thanks. I'm on a hunger strike.

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Niigata Warnings and Dangers

  • EARTHQUAKE!!!!!!

    So far, for the record, the biggest Earthquake I have ever experienced was on March 11, 2011. It happened just as I was teaching one of my students, Akari. And it was huge! I kind of wish I had grabbed my camera and started filming as the light pole across the street from the English school I work at was shaking back and forth like a giant had...

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  • Nato - Not for me (but it might be for...

    I usually work on the baseball principle. If I try it 3 times and I still don't like it,... I give up.I first heard of this 'unusual food' when my host father was trying to explain it to me some 22 years ago. Being that we were in Fukuoka, he claimed that he and many others didn't understand why so many people in the other area of Japan could love...

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  • Lock up your bikes & keep your umbrellas...

    Japan is a relatively safe place but bicycles are commonly stolen here.If you value your bike then lock it up good. In fact, I have two kryptonite locks for my own mountain bike. I tend to lock up my bike to something in which someone will need to commit property damage as well if they intend to steal my bike. Fortunately, most criminals don't have...

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Niigata Tourist Traps

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    This is a picture of the coastline just past Don Hill in Niigata City. Although it is the closest beach to the station it is also the least attractive. The water was clean and warm but if you are looking for nice scenery stay away from this concrete haven!

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Niigata What to Pack

  • 4 real Seasons a year. SO dress...

    Don't bring more than you need. It sucks having to carry around a huge suitcase on the way here. If you have a lot of heavy luggage, it's better to send your luggage to your address by one of the delivery companies located at the airport. However, delivery will take a few days (2 or 3). In winter: You MUST have winter clothes. This place gets...

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  • WHAT TO BRING?

    Make sure you bring warm clothes for winter but remember that summer in Niigata is just as hot and humid as the rest of Japan so you will need lightweight summer clothes also if you plan to be here for summer. Most things you will need can be purcahsed here. I don't recommend going to a hospital in Japan unless you really need to. In most cases...

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  • Niigata Hotels

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Niigata Off The Beaten Path

  • Good Hostel!! Green Village

    This is a good place to stay if you are going to stay on Sado for one night or more. I have stayed here twice with friends. The owner is a really nice lady and she got up really early to accomodate our busy morning schedule. I didn't see all the rooms but the rooms have several bunks. Chances are it won't be too busy when you stay there as there...

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  • SADO ISLAND

    Sado Island offers so much that it really should have it's own section. Sado is the 5th largest island in Japan (after Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu, and Shikoku).Tourist atractions: Sado Gold Mine, Tub-boats, Earth day festival (now August) with (Taiko drummers) Sports activities: hiking, scuba diving, swimming, fishing, and in particular the Sado...

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  • Go to a Botanical Garden

    This garden is located in the city of Niitsu. It's quite a drive. And like most of my excursions, you'll need a map, a car, and probably a native. The Garden has quite a number of plants that I had never seen before. It's a nice place to spend a few hours. You can also 'hike' around the surrounding hillsides. Ample parking is available.Check the...

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Niigata Sports & Outdoors

  • Hockey in Niigata

    This is the fastest and most exciting sport to watch in Niigata. In winter (like on a Friday night) come and see Niigata play ice hockey verses somebody else. Chad Parker #55, Canadian, often dominates the ice and has a showing of fans who cheer him on. If you're good enough (perhaps you're Canadian) then you might even want to join yourselfAnother...

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  • Jogging along the Shinano Riverside

    This is not my cup of tea, but I see people doing it all the time. I'm more of a walker than a jogger. What makes jogging along Niigata's Shinano River riverside so attractive is that the walkway is paved with a soft material that is ideal for running on and has a lesser impact on the joints because of it's absorbant properties. You'll need shoes...

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  • Sado Island Bike Race

    There are 4 divisions to race in the Sado Island Bike race. For amateurs like me,there is group D (40 km (not including all the extra kilometers you'll ride getting to thestarting location and back to the ferry)). After that, there is the more challengingC group, the B group and finally the A group (120 km). Advanced preparations and reservations...

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Niigata Favorites

  • 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...

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  • BANDAI BRIDGE

    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.

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  • NEXT 21

    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...

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