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Hot Course for Tourists to Become Familiar with Port Town Niigata’s History

Moving along the course, you can enjoy Niigata City’s hot tourism spots including historical buildings such as the Former Niigata Customs House, the Niigata Prefectural Government Memorial Hall and the Former Daishi Bank Sumiyoshi-cho Branch, as well as the Toki Messe Observation Room which is selected as one of the top 100 best night views in Japan. You can also find many shopping areas including duty free shops.
Recommended tourism courses are to be introduced to you where you can enjoy Niigata’s specialty dishes such as Japanese sake, fresh sea foods, ramen noodles, and so called “B-grade gourmet” which is a Japanese term for ordinary yet tasty foods!

Hot Course for Tourists to Become Familiar with Port Town Niigata’s History

Complete Process :One night and two days
Tokyo Statio
Travel Time:About 97 min

TrainTrain:About 97 min

Niigata Station
Travel Time:About 8 min

BusBus:About 8 min

Pia Bandaipic
Enjoy Fresh sea foods and Ramen
Travel Time:About 17 min

BusBus:About 17 min

“MINATOPIA” Niigata City History Museumpic
City sightseeing on circulation bus
・Niigata Prefectural Government Memorial Hall
・Niigata City History Museum
Former Niigata Customs Housepic
Travel Time:About 27 min

BusBus:About 27 min

Niigata Prefectural Government Memorial Hallpic
Travel Time:About 9 min

BusBus:About 9 min

Bandai City Shopping District Promotion Association (Bandai City)pic
Travel Time:About 10 min

WalkWalk:About 10 min

Niigata Station Building (CoCoLo Niigata)pic
Niigta-eki-mae
Travel Time:About 15 min

BusBus:About 15 min

Toki Messepic
Travel Time:About 53 min

BusBus:About 53 min

Niigata Furusatomurapic
Enjoy fresh sea food and B-grade Gourmet.
Travel Time:About 53 min

BusBus:About 53 min

Toki Messe
Enjoy the view from Sinano River on the water bus between Toki Messe and Furusatomura.
Travel Time:About 13 min

BusBus:About 13 min

Niigata Station
Travel Time:About 133 min

TrainTrain:About 133 min

Tokyo Station

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Introduction to Spots
Pia Bandai
You can find many shops selling various fresh sea foods and Niigata’s local sake brands as well as restaurants serving a variety of sea food dishes and ramen noodles, and you can enjoy Niigata’s local specialties.
● Website URL: http://www.bandai-nigiwai.jp/ (Japanese)
● Location: Niigata City, Niigata Prefecture, Japan
“MINATOPIA” Niigata City History Museum
In the MINATOPIA area, there are historical buildings which were built in the Meiji and early Showa periods, including the Former Niigata Customs House and the Former Daishi Bank Sumiyoshi-cho Branch (which was relocated and reconstructed). The Niigata City History Museum was built based on the exterior specifications of the second Niigata City Hall built in the Meiji period.
● Website URL: http://www.nchm.jp/)(Japanese, English)
● Location: Niigata City, Niigata Prefecture, Japan
Former Niigata Customs House
In accordance with the Treaty of Amity and Commerce between the Empire of Japan and the United States of America concluded in 1858, along with Kanagawa, Hakodate, Nagasaki and Hyogo, Niigata was selected as one of the 5 places to open ports for foreign trade, and Niigata’s port for foreign trade was opened in January 1, 1869 (or November 19 of the first Meiji year as expressed in the lunisolar calendar which was used in the early Meiji period). The Former Niigata Customs House was built in 1869 (or the second Meiji year), and it is the only one which still exists as before among the customs houses built in the 5 places to open ports used for foreign trade.
● Website URL : https://www.city.niigata.lg.jp/kanko/rekishi/bunkazai/zeikan1.html (Japanese)
● Location: Niigata City, Niigata Prefecture, Japan
Niigata Prefectural Government Memorial Hall
The Niigata Prefectural Government Memorial Hall was built in 1883 (or the 16th Meiji year) and is a former conference hall for the Niigata prefectural assembly. This is a Western style wooden building based on Japanese architecture with Western techniques incorporated, and has distinctive beauty and dignity which are unique to the Meiji period’s westernization period. Adjacent to the Niigata Prefectural Government Memorial Hall is Hakusan-kouen (meaning the “Hakusan Park” in Japanese), which is one of the first city parks constructed in Japan, and is famous for its cherry blossoms. The part of the Saito family’s house was relocated and reconstructed in the Hakusan Park: the Saito family was one of the most representative merchants in Niigata from the Meiji to Showa periods.
● Website URL: http://www.dbn6.net/nvcb/map/infomap_data.asp?ed=76 (Japanese)
● Location: Niigata City, Niigata Prefecture, Japan
Bandai City Shopping District Promotion Association (Bandai City)
Commercial complexes, department stores, fashion boutiques, restaurants and cafes are collectively located in the Bandai City, and you can also find many duty free shopping areas.
● Website URL: http://www.bandaicity.com/ (Japanese)
● Location: Niigata City, Niigata Prefecture, Japan
Niigata Station Building (CoCoLo Niigata)
There are 140 stores including dealers of local sake, confectionaries and other Niigata’s local specialties, food shops and restaurants. In a shop called “Ponshukan,” you can try and taste the quality of representative sake brands from all sake brewers in Niigata Prefecture.
● Website URL: http://www.cocolo-station.jp/pc?sc_name=niigata (Japanese)
● Location: Niigata City, Niigata Prefecture, Japan
Toki Messe
Rice confectionaries, local sake and other Niigata’s local specialties are sold in the Toki Messe Observation Room on the 31st floor. This site is selected as one of the top 100 best night views in Japan.
● Website URL: http://www.tokimesse.com/visitor/guide/index.html (Japanese, English)
● Location: Niigata City, Niigata Prefecture, Japan
Niigata Furusatomura
Niigata’s local specialties are sold at rice, Niigata’s sake, fresh sea foods, crafts and folk arts, and other sections in Niigata Furusatomura’s Bazaar Building. Furthermore, restaurants as well as Niigata B-grade gourmet street shops are located, and you can enjoy tasting Niigata’s B-grade gourmets which are ordinary yet tasty Niigata foods.
● Website URL: http://furusatomura.pref.niigata.jp/ (Japanese)
● Location: Niigata City, Niigata Prefecture, Japan