Niigata (新潟) is the capital of Niigata prefecture, Japan and the largest city on the Japan Sea coast. Niigata is a harbor city with a population of 810,000 facing the Sea of Japan. It is situated approximately 250 kilometers directly north of Tokyo, and is connected with Tokyo via the Shinkansen and an expressway. Niigata is a rice growing region famed for the high quality of its rice and sake.

MINATOPIA – Niigata City History Museum (みなとぴあ新潟市歴史博物館), 2-10 Yanagishima – Chuo-ku, ☎ +81 (0)25-225-6111 ( A museum where you can learn about the history and culture of the port town of Niigata. Admission ¥300 adults, ¥200 college or vocational school students, ¥100 elementary, junior high, and high school students.

Toki Messe Observation Deck (朱鷺メッセ展望室), 6-1 Bandaijima – Chuo-ku, ☎ +81 (0)25-240-1511, [9]. 8AM-9:30PM(Fri. 6:30PM). Toki Messe is a modern multi-use convention center. The observation deck on the top floor is a tourist spot where you can observe a panoramic view of Niigata City. free.

Nagaoka is famous for fireworks. Nagaoka festival is held from 1-3 August yearly. On 1 August, an evening event is held, on 2 and 3, fireworks are launched. About 20,000 fireworks are launched around Shinano river side for two days. …WikiTravel


12 Nov

The European Union has decided to lift its restrictions on imports of some foods from 10 prefectures in Japan, such as rice grown in Fukushima, home to the country’s worst nuclear accident. (Jiji)

21 Oct

Miyazaki Prefectural Police have arrested a 62-year-old man in the murder of the manager of a diner in Miyazaki City last month, reports Jiji Press (

19 Oct

Miyazaki Prefectural Police plan to arrest a 62-year-old man in the murder of the manager of a diner in Miyazaki City last month, reports Nippon News Network (

4 Oct

Japan’s nuclear regulator has taken a step further in allowing Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, to restart its Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant in Niigata Prefecture on the Sea of Japan coast. (NHK)

3 Oct

The stunning natural phenomenon looks more like an otherworldly dragon as it’s filmed slowly retreating up to the sky. (

9 Sep

strong earthquake has struck Akita Prefecture in northern Japan. Japan’s Meteorological Agency says a quake with an estimated magnitude of 5.2 occurred around 10:23 PM Japan Time on Friday. It says there is no risk of a tsunami. (NHK)

29 Aug

Japan’s Fire and Disaster Management Agency issued missile warnings in 12 prefectures via the J-Alert system in response to North Korea’s launch of a ballistic missile over Japan early Tuesday morning. (Jiji)

14 Aug

Nine people died and around 30 sustained injuries while engaging in leisure activities at sea, on mountains or at other spots Sunday, when people were taking advantage of the Bon holiday season, according to a tally compiled by Kyodo News. (Japan Times)

8 Aug

A tropical storm is ripping through Japan`s main island of Honshu, bringing heavy rain to wide areas. Two people have died and 47 others injured. (NHK)

26 Jun

Gaffe-prone Finance Minister Taro Aso made a comment Saturday about a junior lawmaker from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party who indicated her intent to leave the party due to allegations that she abused one of her secretaries, stressing her gender. (Japan Times)

31 May

A 36-year-old woman was found dead in a Niigata City love hotel room on Monday night, police said, adding that a man in his 40s was found lying on the floor near the bed, unconscious after apparently having cut his wrists. (Japan Today)

23 May

A man arrested last week in Osaka for alleged obstruction of public duty is likely an ultra-leftist terrorist who has been on a wanted list for 45 years, investigative sources said Tuesday. (Japan Times)

13 May

Tours using “restaurant buses” that allow participants to enjoy cuisine and visit farms that produced food used in the meals, as well as sightseeing spots, are catching on in Japan about a year after the service was launched in the city of Niigata in April last year. (Jiji)

8 May

Double-decker trains are to disappear from Japan’s Shinkansen networks. (NHK)

19 Apr

Unknown perpetrators snatched replica gold plates from a museum in Sado City but left behind real precious metals next to the display, police revealed on Tuesday, reports TV Asahi. (

5 Apr

Japan’s only existing double-decker Shinkansen bullet train series is set to end its service by the March 2021 end of fiscal 2020. (Jiji)

21 Mar

Railway enthusiasts have flocked to Niigata Prefecture on the Sea of Japan coast, to say farewell to the well-known 485 series express trains. (NHK)

8 Mar

Planning to spend much, but not all, of your Japan trip in Tokyo? Then this could be an unbeatable deal. (

24 Feb

Smoke emerged at a service building of the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant in Niigata Prefecture on Thursday but it quickly dissipated after a firefighting effort by workers, its operator said. (Japan Times)

13 Feb

Police in Tokyo have arrested a 20-year-old man on suspicion of killing his mother at their home in Gosen, Niigata Prefecture. (Japan Today)

11 Feb

A 52-year-old woman was found beaten to death in the bathtub of her home in Gosen, Niigata Prefecture, police said Friday, adding that her 20-year-old son is missing. (Japan Today)

23 Jan

The principal of a middle school apologized on Sunday for failing to take action over the bullying of a female student over the Fukushima nuclear disaster for almost six months until her parents raised the issue. (

21 Jan

Workers at a maker of fermented kanzuri seasoning scatter red peppers on snow-covered rice paddies in Myoko, Niigata Prefecture, on Friday. (

13 Jan

Snow continues to fall in many parts of Japan, causing fatal accidents and disrupting traffic. (NHK)

30 Dec

A week after a massive fire hit the main area of the city of Itoigawa, Niigata Prefecture, central Japan, local authorities are grappling with such problems as debris removal, support for affected people and businesses, and the reconstruction of the afflicted district. (Jiji)