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


8 Mar

Since the debut of the luxury Seven Stars train on Japan’s southwestern island of Kyushu in 2013, sightseeing trains have drawn renewed interest among travelers. These resorts on rails offer everything from fine cuisine made with local produce to opportunities to meet people along the route. (Nikkei)

3 Mar

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed Monday to expedite the enactment of legislation needed to declare a state of emergency, in order to “minimize the impact on Japanese citizens’ livelihood” from the rapid spread of COVID-19.
(Japan Times)

26 Feb

Chitetsu Watanabe, a 112-year-old who was recognized by Guinness World Records earlier this month as the world’s oldest living man, died Sunday at the nursing home where he resided, his family said. (Japan Times)

13 Feb

A 112-year-old Japanese who has been recognized as the world’s oldest living man cited “laughter” Wednesday as the secret to his longevity. (Japan Times)

6 Jan

We’ve seen rankings of all 47 prefectures in Japan before, judging everything from their amount of overwork to their residents’ average bust size. (

20 Dec

Japanese police have referred a teenager to prosecutors on suspicion of illegally accessing a school server to alter his grades. (NHK)

12 Dec

A man appealed Wednesday against the life sentence he was handed earlier this month for the 2018 murder of a 7-year-old girl in the city of Niigata, his lawyer said. (Japan Times)

6 Dec

The Niigata District Court on Wednesday sentenced a 25-year-old man to life in prison for the sexual assault and murder of a 7-year-old schoolgirl last year. (Japan Times)

1 Dec

Slurping down a steaming hot bowl of ramen is a great way to warm the soul on a cold winter’s day but overindulging in the dish could prove deadly, a British medical paper has warned. (Japan Times)

23 Nov

Three people were found dead after a fire engulfed a house early Friday in Niigata city, with police investigating the case as a possible group suicide involving arson. (Japan Today)

19 Nov

Police arrested a man wanted over the slaying of a 20-year-old woman in the city of Niigata. (Japan Times)

17 Nov

Niigata Prefectural Police are hunting for a 25-year-old man after a woman was fatally stabbed in a business district in Chuo Ward, Niigata City on Friday, reports Jiji Press (Nov. 16). (

4 Nov

Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 30-year-old man over the alleged molestation of a girl in Shinjuku Ward earlier this year, reports Sankei Sports (Nov. 2). (

8 Oct

Japanese authorities said they rescued “dozens” of North Korean fishermen after their boat collided with a Japanese patrol vessel and sank Monday in areas crowded with poachers. (Japan Today)

8 Oct

A new food delivery service will be available to passengers traveling by Shinkansen bullet train to the Sea of Japan coast areas of Niigata and Yamagata prefectures. (NHK)

6 Oct

The European Union has informed the Japanese government that it will likely ease import restrictions on Japanese food products before the end of the year.

24 Sep

Japan’s Meteorological Agency says a low-pressure system resulting from severe tropical storm Tapah is over the Sea of Japan on Monday evening, and will cut across northern Japan while maintaining its strength. (NHK)

10 Jul

The tourism ministry said Tuesday it plans to provide a 3,000-yen () discount from July 19 to tourists staying in northwestern Japan areas hit by a magnitude 6.7 earthquake last month to support the local tourist industry. (Kyodo)

28 Jun

Japan is a country obsessed with novelty flavored snacks, such as KitKats made with local specialties. It now has another one to boast about: a soft serve ice cream featuring umami flavoring derived from kelp. (Nikkei)

20 Jun

Weather officials are calling for continued caution against landslides in two Japanese prefectures hit by Tuesday’s powerful earthquake.

19 Jun

The Japan Meteorological Agency says a magnitude-6.7 quake struck the northern part of the country late Tuesday night. No fatalities have been reported. Tsunami advisories issued along the Sea of Japan coast have been lifted.

14 Jun

A 31-year-old woman in Niigata Prefecture has been arrested on suspicion of killing her 3-month-old daughter by repeatedly dropping her on the floor, police said Thursday.
(Japan Today)

2 Jun

Fifty-three-year-old Kenji Yamase doesn’t fit the traditional image of a hikikomori, but then perceptions of Japan’s social recluses are changing. (Japan Times)

21 May

A 24-year-old man was arrested Monday on suspicion of threatening to kill a member of a sister group of the popular girl band AKB48, police said. (Japan Today)

23 Mar

A member of a sister group of the popular all-girl band AKB48 on Friday criticized the outcome of a probe into an assault against her as “lies,” as the group’s management company revealed the result. (Japan Today)