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Niigata

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The port city of Niigata has an association with tourism, but not really one to do with the city itself. Lying on the northwest coast of the island, Niigata stares out at Sado Island, a place rich in history, nature, and traditions. Most international visitors use Niigata as a stepping stone to reach Sado, with the city having a good transport system, linked up to other major cities, and ferries running to the island in the Sea of Japan. Those who stay a little longer will be doing so to explore the attractions along the banks of the river that runs through town, including some handicraft shops, local museums, and eateries. Add Niigata and other Japan destinations to your travel plans using our Japan itinerary maker app.
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Observation Deck
Befco Bakauke Observatory Room
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Bridge
Bandai Bridge
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Ponshukan Niigata Station
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Pia Bandai
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Side trips from Niigata

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Religious Site
Yahiko Shrine Yahiko-mura
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Ski Area
Jyoetsu International Ski Area Minamiuonuma
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Historic Site
Shibata Castle Shibata
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Mountain
Kasugayama Castle Ruins Joetsu
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Kid-friendly things to do in Niigata

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Aquarium
Marinepia Nihonkai
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Beach
Sekiyahama Beach
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Science Museum
Niigata Science Museum
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Duration: 1 hour
Beach
Maze Simoyama Beach
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Museums in Niigata

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History Museum
Minatopia Niigata City History Museum
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History Museum
Northern Culture Museum
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Specialty Museum
Niigtata Rice Cracker Museum
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Specialty Museum
Niigata Niitsu Railway Museum
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Hidden gems in Niigata

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Fukushima-gata
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Beach
Nishikaigan Park
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Park
Toyanogata Park
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History Museum
Niigata Prefectural Government Memorial Hall
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Duration: 1 hour

Shopping in Niigata

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Gift & Specialty Shop
Niigata Furusatomura
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Minato Kobo
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Shopping Mall
CoCoLo Niigata
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Duration: 1 hour
Gift & Specialty Shop
Mizushima Shinji Manga Street
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Where to stay in Niigata

As a transport hub, Niigata offers a number of accommodations focused primarily on providing comfortable one-night stays for international travelers. Located close to the train station, the main hotels come big and small, upmarket and budget, and offer differing levels of additional facilities (spas, pools, restaurants) according to their size and price. If you're in the region for a little while, chances are you're going to Sado Island. The popular tourist island has a wealth of accommodations, with seaside hotels, luxury resorts, simple hostels, and traditional
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