Niigata 新潟

  • Published on : 01/12/2021
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What to do in Niigata, Japan's largest port city on the sea

Located on the Shinano waterway, the longest river in Japan, Niigata, capital of the prefecture of the same name, is one of the most populous cities in the northern region of Japan. About two hours north of Tokyo by Shinkansen, it is a pleasant and vibrant city with access to many sites such as hot springs, ski resorts, beaches, and the island of Sado, the jewel of the prefecture.

The old buildings of the Niigata Customs House (dating from 1869), the Daishi Bank, and the City Hall house the city's history museum, Minatopia.

With newer buildings lining the waterfront, for example, the Marinepia Nihonkai Aquarium, with 20,000 marine animals and over 500 species, is one of the largest aquariums in Japan. A large transparent tunnel allows you to walk "surrounded" by marine creatures. Penguins, sea lions, and dolphins also put on a show.

To the south of the aquarium, the Japan Sea Tower and its revolving restaurant offer beautiful views of the city.

LE parc Hakusan, Niigata

LE parc Hakusan, Niigata

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Le sanctuaire Hakusan, Niigata

Le sanctuaire Hakusan, Niigata

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Les geishas de Niigata

Les geishas de Niigata

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Le Musée des cultures du Nord est ouvert sur l'extérieur dans un style purement japonais

Le Musée des cultures du Nord est ouvert sur l'extérieur dans un style purement japonais

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MARINEPIA NIHON,  l'aquarium de Niigata

MARINEPIA NIHON, l'aquarium de Niigata

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The modern part of Niigata

This is the lively part of the city with its shops, restaurants and entertainment venues. In the Bandai Bridge area is the Rainbow Tower, which has a 100-meter-high observation point overlooking the city with a revolving restaurant on the same floor.

Also in the modern section of the city, the 125-meter high Bandaijima Building is the tallest building on the Japan Sea coast. Its observatory, Befco, on the 31st floor, offers a 360-degree view and on a clear day, you can see the Sea of Japan, Sado Island, and the Gozu Mountains. The good news is that admission is free.

About 2km south of Niigata station, the city is surrounded by a lake, Toyanogata, around which parks and walking paths have been laid out. Bicycle rentals are also available.

Bandaijima Building, Niigata

Bandaijima Building, Niigata

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Niigata, la tour Rainbow

Niigata, la tour Rainbow

Niigata, Rainbow Tower

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