What to Expect
Located on the Japan sea side of mainland Honshu, about 2 hours bullet train ride from Tokyo, Niigata city has been flourished as one of the major port towns for centuries. Along with this historical background, Niigata city is now well known for delicious "koshihikari" rice, varieties of tasty sake, fresh products from both land and sea.
In this tour, you can choose 3 or 4 places to visit for 7-hour sightseeing tour.
We mainly use public transportation networks like Niigata city loopline bus service ( one-day ticket JPY 500 ) and taxi if necessary.
The places of choices are as follows:
1. Niigata City Aquarium "Marinepia Nihonkai"
Displaying both marine and fresh water fish in the region and aquatic animals. Dolphin shows are performed daily.
JPY 1500 Closed from Dec.29-Jan.1, Mar.3,4
2. Pia Bandai
Fish and vegatable market with restaurants popular for locals and tourists.
3. "Imayotsukasa" sake brewery
There is a guided tour and you can sample tasty sake.
4. The Niigata Saito Villa
Built about 100 years ago, this gorgeous villa and Japanese style garden attracts visitors all year round.
JPY 300 Closed on Mondays, from Dec.28-Jan.3
5. Minatopia with Former Niigata Customs House
There are also Former Daishi Bank building and Niigata City History Museum by the Shinano River.
6. Former Ozawa Family Residence
Authentic machiya-style house with beautiful garden from the Meiji Period.
JPY 200 Closed on Mondays, from Dec.28-Jan.3
7. Honcho Market
Located on the bustling Furumachi ( old town ) district, vendors sell all kinds of food with reasonable prices.
* vendors are less on Sundays
8. Strolling Furumachi district for 1 hour
Furumachi was once known as geigi (geisha) district like Kyoto and there are many restaurants, temples, old and
new buildings in this area.
* you can combine this choice with the Saito Villa or/and the Ozawa Residence (both in Furumachi district).
Please choose places you'd like to visit and email me.
Let's have fun in Niigata city!