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Shibata Things to Do

  • by InakaCraka Written Dec 27, 2009

    Shimizu En (Garden) is kind of hidden, but if you are in Shibata it is one of the must see places, as must see as Shibata gets. This is very well maintained, and quiet. Great place to take photos of the kids, your wife in a kimono, wedding shots, shichi go san...

    Shibata has a historical connection to Kyoto. Being a castle town and all. Ive even read that Shibata dialect is a relative of Kyoto dialect. This actually has a Kyoto feel to it, especially the street out front with the garden behind it. Across the street is the old samurai quarters, Ashigarunagaya.

    Again, this isnt set up to say that this is the best damn garden in Japan, or even Niigata, but if you are in Shibata, it is one of the places you should see. Recommended tourist route from Shibata station is the reconstucted city shrine (Suwa Jinja - which burnt down about five years ago), Aumont Sake, and then just after the route 290 intersection, is the small street leading to Shimizu en.

    I recommend bringing a real map with you as the cutesy cutesy maps that Japanese often produce, drive me nuts. This is a good map:

    Adults: 700 yen, Elementary/Junior High Students: 300 yen

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  • by InakaCraka Written Dec 27, 2009

    Since there are no posts about Shibata, I thought my adopted hometown deserves one.

    This is not a tourist destination. Everything that is here, is somewhere else bigger and better. But, if you want to know how to get here, and can use Google Maps...

    From Niigata Airport:
    Take a taxi to the Niigata Train station (Niigata eki) then take a train

    From either of the ferries:
    Take a taxi to Niigata Train station then take a train

    -From Niigata City take the (free) route 7 bypass.
    -From the toll highway - you can keep rolling north to the Shibata Seiro exit, which comes out about the same place in Shibata that Route 7 comes out. Near the big box stores and close to Nishi Shibata train station.

    You need to have a good map or good car navigation system if you are going near downtown Shibata.

    -400 yen from Niigata to Nishi Shibata
    (Jusco shopping mall, and Keiwa College)

    -480 yen from Niigata to downtown station
    (the new Preferectural hospital, City Hall, Museum, Library, Shibata Castle, Aumont Sake, Suwa Shrine, Shimuzu En/Park. Taxis are easily found here, not always at Nishi Shibata. Hotels nearby here , none at Nishi Shibata.

    -The Inaho Limited Express also comes to town, cost is about double the regular fare, but it doesnt stop at Nishi Shibata station, only stopping at Shibata Eki.

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  • Hotel Route Inn Shibata Inter

    3-3-12 Funeiricho, Shibata, Niigata Prefecture, 957-0065, Japan

    Good for: Business

  • Shibata Daiichi Hotel

    1-2-3 Suwacho, Shibata, Niigata Prefecture, 957-0055, Japan

    Good for: Business

  • Hotel Marui

    2-1-9 Suwacho, Shibata, Niigata Prefecture, 957-0055, Japan

  • Shibata New Hotel Plaza

    1-9-29 Suwacho, Shibata, Niigata Prefecture, 957-0055, Japan

  • Tsukioka New Hotel Kangetsu

    130 Tsukiokaonsen, Shibata, Niigata Prefecture, 959-2338, Japan

    Good for: Families

  • Senkei

    453 Tsukioka-onsen, Shibata, Niigata Prefecture, 959-2395, Japan

    Good for: Business

  • Kaho

    134 Tsukioka Onsen, Shibata, Niigata Prefecture, 959-2395, Japan

    Good for: Couples

  • Masugatasou

    4498-1 Ijimino, Shibata, Niigata Prefecture, 957-0021, Japan

  • Hirosekan

    278-4 Tsukioka, Shibata, Niigata Prefecture, 959-2334, Japan

    Good for: Couples

Shibata Nightlife

  • by InakaCraka Written Dec 27, 2009

    Im too old to really give much advice on partying in Shibata. If you see any recommendations to go to Knightsbridge as the foreigner bar in town, well... The ownership has changed, and its just another Japanese bar now.

    Regardless, Shinmichi is the traditional drinking area of Shibata. Its about 4 long blocks in front of Shibata station. Its a large area of small izakaya, snacks, hostess clubs, shotbars, restaurants, and a pink salon or two.

    Its the district of town called ChuoCho, bounded by the Main Street on the West, NTT building on the north, City Hall on the East, and the Police Station on the South.,+niigata+ken,+japan&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Shibata+City,+Niigata+Prefecture,+Japan&ll=37.949418,139.326618&spn=0.003629,0.010976&z=17

    Like most traditional entertainment areas in Japan, the glory days of the 80s and early 90s are a distant memory. You can bargain for price and time at the hostess places, within reason of course.

    I still

    Dress Code: Look how everyone else is dressed, and take a hint.

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    Dec 22, 2012 at 3:16 AM

    Decide who makes the best zoni in Japan! “What’s zoni,” you ask? It’s a traditional soup make of mochi pounded rice cakes and vegetables that’s traditionally eaten on New Year’s Day. The mochi used in this event is made from Shibata-produced koganemochi, made from rice planted and harvested by the children of Shibata. This event, the best known of Shibata’s winter events, attracts over ten thousand visitors every year.

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