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. …WikiTravel
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 (email@example.com). 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, . 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
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