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Niigata City

City of food, flowers, water and willows

About Niigata City
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Things to do in Niigata City

Upcoming Niigata City Events

Plum Blossom Season at Hakusan Park

Plum Blossom Season at Hakusan Park

Jan 25th - Mar 20th

After snowy winters, the signs of imminent spring are cherished in Niigata. One of the first signs that spring is on the way are..

Free
Thomas the Tank Engine Exhibition

Thomas the Tank Engine Exhibition

Dec 24th - Mar 28th

A special event taking place at the Niigata City Art Museum celebrates the 75th anniversary of Thomas the Tank Engine. The event..

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Sakura Season At Hakusan Park

Sakura Season At Hakusan Park

Apr 10th - Apr 20th

Niigata City's Hakusan Park is home to around 160 Somei Yoshino cherry trees, making it one of the area's top spots to visit..

Free

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Where to eat in Niigata City

Ikinari-ya, Niigata

Ikinari-ya, Niigata

Tomoko Kamishima

Ikinari-ya is a 300 year old Japanese high-class, traditional restaurant. The restaurant opened in the mid-Edo era, when stylish..

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Arco Iris

Arco Iris

Bryan Baier

Arco Iris is the latest modern Mexican cuisine addition to Niigata and is the only place this author knows of to get an authentic..

Places to stay in Niigata City

Latest Niigata City Reports

Niigata Station

Niigata Station

Kim

Niigata Station is located in Niigata City, and has both local and shinkansen lines which operate through it. The station is the..

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About Niigata City

Niigata City has a long history as a port city, it is the most populated city in the prefecture, and is the largest coastal city along the Sea of Japan within the island of Honshu. The Shinano River, Japan’s longest river, also runs through the city, giving it the nickname ‘the city of water’.

The fertile land makes Niigata famous for its agriculture and it is known particularly for having some of the best rice and sake in Japan. Niigata City is located only two hours away from Tokyo by bullet train (Joetsu Shinkansen), which makes it very accessible to explore the city’s unique culture, cuisine, and nature.

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