Niigata – 新潟

Niigata, May新潟 五月

After Shodoshima and Osaka, I headed to Tokyo; I still had a few days left on my Japan Rail Pass and wanted to explore some new cities. Inspired by Sato’s father, I booked a day trip to Niigata.


After a two-hour journey I arrived at the city and immediately felt relaxed; the weather was a bit cooler, and the streets were less crowded.. I fancied a bird’s-eye view, and the best place for that was Niigata Nippo MEDIA SHIP building’s free observation deck.


Niigata took me by surprise. I don’t know what I had imagined, but certainly not this; wide promenades at the river banks, fishing vessels and old tug boats floating in the shiny water, people enjoying beautiful weather while sitting on the benches. No wonder why it’s called the city of water.

新潟には驚かされました。 川岸の広い遊歩道、釣り船、輝く水上に浮かぶ古いタグボート、人々はベンチに座って美しい天気を楽しんでいます。私はどんな街を想像していたのかわかりませんが、間違いなくこの様ではありませんでした。水の都と呼ばれるのも不思議ではありません。

View from Niigata Nippo MEDIA SHIP building
Niigata Nippo MEDIA SHIP
At the riverside promenade

Niigata Nippo MEDIA SHIP

3-1-1 Bandai, Chuo Ward, Niigata, 950-0088 Japan


〒950-0088 新潟県新潟市中央区万代3丁目1−1