Niigata Station

The terminus for the Joetsu Shinkansen from Tokyo

By Kim    - 2 min read

Niigata Station is located in Niigata City, and has both local and shinkansen lines which operate through it. The station is the terminus for the Joetsu Shinkansen which connects Niigata City to Tokyo, as well as being part of the Echigo Line, the Hakushin Line, and the Shinetsu Main Line.

The station has a range of different amenities which are useful for both travelers and locals alike, including the CoCoLo mall which is attached to the station itself. The mall has a diverse range of stores such as Jupiter Imported Foods, a branch of Can-Do (one of Japan's 100 yen store chains), numerous clothing retailers, and plenty of eateries including the likes of Mos Burger, Starbucks, Saizeriya, and the local favorite of Yasuda Yogurt.

One really unique experience at the station here is visiting the Ponshukan Sake Museum. As well as learning about the history of sake production in the region, you can sample a variety of local brews for yourself. For 500 yen you get five tokens which you can exchange for cups of sake - the drinks are distributed via a vending machine system. It's a fun and memorable way to immerse yourself in the culture of the area and kill some time if you're waiting for your train.

For those who need some assistance with travel planning, there is a tourist information center just outside of the Bandai Exit. The staff here can assist with helping you book accommodation, answering questions about transport options, or suggesting fun things to see and do across the city. They're open from 9 am until 7 pm daily, and only close over the New Year's Holiday break.

Getting there

Niigata Station is located in central Niigata City, and can be accessed by the Joetsu Shinkansen directly from Tokyo. The journey from Tokyo takes approximately two hours.

The station is also around twenty minutes by car from Niigata Airport, which offers both domestic and international routes. Limousine bus services also connect the station to the airport and vice versa.

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Kim @kim.b

I'm an expat who has lived abroad for almost a decade, including 7 years in Japan. I've also visited 44 of 47 prefectures and hope to get to the last three someday! I'm particularly fond of exploring off the beaten path destinations, gardens, and tea houses, and have a real interest in Japan's growing vegan scene.

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Sander van Werkhoven 6 months ago
I want to visit the Ponshukan! I've only been in Niigata once in 2013, not sure if it wasn't open yet back then, or that I just missed it. Either way, it gives me a reason to visit the city again :-)
Kim Author 6 months ago
There's also one in Nagaoka Station and Echigo Yuzawa! It's fun - they even have some local wine in the vending machine dispensers for those who aren't big on sake.