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  • Tokimesse Niigata Convention Center
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    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Chuou-ku Bandaijima 6-1
    This convention center complex is about a 20-minute walk from JR Niigata Station and is comprised of two buildings: the Niigata Convention Center with exhibition halls and meeting rooms and Bandaijima Building with a hotel. From meetings to parties to lodging everything can be conveniently served by this one space. On the fifth floor of the Bandaijima Building is the Niigata Bandaijima Art Museum focusing on modern art and on the 31st floor is the Befco Bakauke Observation Room from which you can the Sea of Japan, Sado Island, and the Gozu Mountain Range.
  • Yahiko-jinja Shrine
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    Nigata Pref. Nishikambaragunyahikomura Yahiko 2887-2
    Yahiko-jinja Shrine, situated at the foot of Mt. Yahiko in Yahiko Village, Nishikanbara County, Nigata Prefecture, is a shrine of the old Echigo Province and even appears in the Manyoshu (collection of Japanese poetry). The enshrined deity, Ame-no-Kaguyama-no-Mikoto, has long been widely worshipped as the god of culture and development in Echigo Province. The impressive shrine building, erected in front of the backdrop of cedar and zelkova forests and Mt. Yahiko, was rebuilt in 1916. The Shida-no-otachi long sword, designated a national important cultural property, and other weapons connected with Minamoto No Yoshiie, Minamoto no Yoshitsune, and Uesugi Kenshin, are on display in the shrine’s treasure hall.

    Travel from Tokyo to Yahiko Shrine on 29 Oct, drizzling & quiet town. About 15min walk from Yahiko station, passed by tourist center & some shops, from far saw a red tall torii gate standing in...

  • Sado Island’s Ogi Folk Museum, Sengokubune Exhibition Hall
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    19 Reviews
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    Nigata Pref. Sadoshi Shukunegi 270-2
    This museum is located in a wooden schoolhouse built in 1920 that has been preserved as-is. Inside the building which still bears the vestiges of its days as a schoolhouse are displays for a collection of over 30,000 folk materials that have been designated as important tangible folk-cultural properties, including tools and equipment for shipbuilders. During the Hakusan Maru Matsuri festival held every summer, the Hakusan Maru, Japan’s first fully-restored sengokubune (wooden freight ship) that is on display in the museum, is pulled out under human power and an impressive large white sail that is 155 tatami mats in size is raised.

    A nice little museum that features a large wooden commercial vessel from the past. The museum rooms are a bit cluttered but have a great folk feel to them -- a lot of farm and marine implements...

  • Sado Hangamura Art Museum
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    9 Reviews
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    Nigata Pref. Sadoshi Aikawakomeyamachi 38-2
    This is a private art museum on Kyomachi-dori Street that richly preserves Sado Kinzan’s history. The elegant building with its red-tiled roof occupies the old Aikawa Court House. Works by the late woodblock print artist and founder of Hangamura Shinichi Takahashi as well as by Hangamura artists are displayed. Visitors would do well to note that the museum is closed from December to February.

    佐渡奉行所の向かいにあります。車の方は奉行所の駐車場に停めるとよいでしょう。入館は有料ですが、巨大な版画や鬼太鼓の版画など、なかなか迫力がありました。建物自体、文化財にもなっている明治時代の建物で見ごたえがあります。版画というのも佐渡らしくてよいのではないでしょうか。

  • Sado Bugyosho (Magistrate's Office)
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    Nigata Pref. Sadoshi Aikawahiromamachi 1-1
    The remains of the Sado Magistrate Office, built in 1603 in the early Edo period. The magistrate office was built for the purpose of managing the Sado Kinzan gold mines. It was repeatedly destroyed by fire and rebuilt. During the Meiji period, it was used as a government office and school, but in 1942 was once again destroyed by fire. It was designated again as a National Historic Site in 1994, and was restored in part in 2000.

    As it is just 5' by bus/car or 20' walk down from the gold mine, it is a good stop to visit this old and well restored governor place. Interesting and nice building. You can also see how gold was...

  • Snow Country Museum
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    Nigata Pref. Minamiuonumagunyuzawamachi Yuzawa 354-1
    This is a museum showing the life and history of Yuzawa, that was the backdrop for Yasunari Kawabata's novel The Snow Country. Also displayed are some of Yasunari's beloved items and writings in his own hand, as well as a Japanese-style painting gallery depicting the world from the novel. This museum is located just a 7-minute walk from the Echigo Yuzawa Station.
  • Echigo-Tsumari Satoyama Museum of Contemporary Art, KINARE
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    Nigata Pref. Tokamachishi Honchou 6-71-2
    This museum was founded to promote the region around Tokamachi. It's the main venue for the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale, an intentional art festival held once every three years in Echigo-Tsumari. The building itself was designed by Hiroshi Hara, one of Japan's leading architects. The cubic building has a pond set in its square atrium. During periods other than the art festival, it has a permanent exhibition with various artwork on display. There is also a museum shop and a cafe restaurant fashioned on a Spanish Bar.
  • Takada Komachi Exchange Hall
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    1 Reviews
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    Nigata Pref. Jouetsushi Honchou 6-3-4
    This old townhouse, called “Old Kozumaya”, was built in the Meiji period and has been refurbished into a place for the public as a gallery and exchange salon. The building is renowned for the gargoyles on the large roof. In addition to being able to see the vaulted ceiling structure and storehouse which were often seen in town houses in Takada, the gallery houses an exhibition on the history of the area. The place can be used to take a break during a walk or as a tourist spot, and painting, photograph and ceramic exhibitions are regularly held here. The nearest station is Takada Station.

    本町通りに面しており、分かり易い。建物は100年前の町屋を再生している。建物横から裏の駐車場へ入れる。数台駐車可能。駐車場側からも館内へ行ける。受付のお姉さんは上越美人でとても優しい方。館内にギャラリー、休憩所もある。地元の研究会やサークル活動で活用されている。 高田まちなみ歴史散策無料ガイドに11時から1時間程度参加することができた。造詣の深いガイドさんが、高田の雁木のある町屋、150年以上の...

  • Rinsenji Temple
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    44 Reviews
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    Nigata Pref. Jouetsushi Nakamonzen 1-1-1
    Rinsenji Temple is a temple of the Soto sect located in Joetsu City, Niigata Prefecture. Uesugi Kenshin, a military commander during the Sengoku (Warring States) period, spent time and studied here as child between the ages of 7 and 14. The temple was founded in 1497 by Kenshin’s grandfather, Nagao Yoshikage, as a memorial to his late father, following which the temple became a family temple for both Nagao and Uesugi. The temple grounds are home to a splendid main gate, said to have been moved from the back gate of Kasugayama Castle. Visitors will also find the graves of the Uesugi family and memorial tower, and the Fureashi Kannon statue, said to make strong legs when touched with the feet.

    Rinsen-ji is tucked away in the forest at the base of the hill below Kasugayama Shrine, and can be explored for a small fee. The temple has an impressive wooden mon (gate), behind which is a lovely...

  • Shirayama Hime-jinja Shrine
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    Nigata Pref. Nagaokashi Teradomari Ninonquin 2768
    Shirayama Hime-jinja Shrine is located on a hill in Teradomari, Nagaoka City, Niigata Prefecture, which has been the guardian deity of the local area for a long time. The shrine has been built at the top of 125 stone steps which lead up from the shrine gate. The views from the top overlooking the Sea of Japan are wonderful. The enshrined deities are the two gods, Izanami no mikoto and Kukurihime no mikoto. They draw seafaring worshippers praying for safety at sea, and the deities are also worshipped as gods of national security and rural development. The spring festival is held on May 3rd and 4th every year where the daimyo’s procession takes place along the Hokkoku Kaido (north Japan highway).

    長い階段を抜けるとある、こじんまりとした神社です。高台にあるため、日本海を見渡せ、晴れた日は佐渡まで見えるので、眺めが大変良いです。

  • Watanabe-Tei
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    13 Reviews
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    Nigata Pref. Iwafunegunsekikawamura Shimoseki 904
    Watanabe-Tei is the former residence of the first generation of the Watanabe family, who was vassal to the Murakami feudal lord. Watanabe passed on the family estate to his son and in 1667 moved here to what is now Sekikawa Village in Iwafune County, Niigata Prefecture. The house is the residence of a wealthy farmer with the main building constructed in a unique fashion with six storehouses, and a circuit style garden in the more than 100,000 square meter grounds. The main building and the storehouses have been designated as National Important Cultural Properties and the garden a National Place of Scenic Beauty. During the Great Heisei Repairs (a nationwide effort to restore old buildings to their ancient appearance), Watanabe-Tei was restored to its former Edo period glory and is now open to the public. There is a tea house in the grounds which offers matcha green tea and coffee. The nearest station is Echigo-Shimoseki Station.

    ちょうど通り掛かったところに大きいお屋敷があり、人がいたので寄りました。昔の豪農と言われたお金持ちの家でした。家の様子はわかりましたが、もう行くことはありません。

  • Banjindo
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    9 Reviews
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    Nigata Pref. Kashiwazakishi Banjin 2-10-42
    Banjindo is an external Buddha hall of Nichirenshu Myoko Temple located on a hill overlooking the Sea of Japan in Kashiwazaki City, Niigata Prefecture. It is said that the Buddhist priest, Nichiren, prayed here in 1274 for the return of 30 guardian deities. From the temple grounds visitors can see the city area, the magnificent Sea of Japan, the mountains of Yahiko, and Sado Island. The view from here of the setting sun is especially memorable. It is also a popular temple to visit during the New Year. The current temple was rebuilt after the original burned down in the Meiji period. The carving on the wall of the main hall is especially worth a look.

    番神岬高台にあり、彫刻や日蓮上人像も近くにあります。お参りに中に入ると、職員らしき方が丁寧に迎えてくれた。静かな場所にあり、景色も良く落ち着きたいならまた来ます。

  • Tokeien
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    Nigata Pref. Iwafunegunsekikawamura Shimoseki 906-3
    Tokeien is a wooden house built in 1905 as a branch family house of Watanabe-Tei, a National Important Cultural Property. It is a two-story, Japanese hipped tiled roof house with all the style and architectural design from the Meiji period. Various furnishings and interior remain in the house such as the earthen floor, the hearth, and tea room, giving a sense of what life was like back then. Bento box meals, which can be reserved ahead of time, are popular and can be eaten while looking out across the beautiful garden. Local food events and tea ceremonies are also held here in the autumn. The nearest station is Echigo-Shimoseki Station.
  • Tokamachi City Museum
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    Nigata Pref. Tokamachishi Nishimotochou 1-382-1
    This museum in Tokamachi City, Niigata Prefecture, houses and displays historical and cultural artifacts from Tokamachi based on the theme of “snow, textiles and the Shinano River”. There are a lot of models, dioramas, and archaeological finds etc. displayed in the museum which introduce in chronological order the history of the Jomon period through to modern times. You can also see artifacts relating to Tokamachi textiles which show the tools that were used and resourcefulness of the people in their daily lives in this region of heavy snow. The flame-style pottery, excavated from the Sasayama site in Tokamachi City, Niigata Prefecture, are the most outstanding items exhibited in the museum and have been designated as National Treasures.
  • Niigata Prefectural Government Memorial Hall
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    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Chuou-ku Ichibamboridorichou 3-3
    This is the old capitol building of the Niigata Prefectural Assembly, built in 1883, and it is adjacent to Hakusan Park in Chuo Ward, Niigata City, Niigata Prefecture. It features a Western design and has a symmetrical tower in the center. The chalk-white plaster walls, balcony, hosta-shaped decorations on the ends of the ridgepoles, and other design elements stand out. The interior, which was used until 1932, is open to the public, and visitors can view the advanced Meiji architectural techniques and various historical documents related to the prefecture and assembly. The building is registered as an Important Cultural Property.
  • Niigata Science Museum
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    18 Reviews
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    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Chuou-ku Meikeminami 3-1-1
    This large-scale science museum is located in Chuo Ward, Niigata City, Niigata Prefecture. Many of the exhibits encourage direct interaction, allowing visitors to have fun as they learn about the natural sciences. The exhibitions from the first through third floors are divided into the four sections with different themes: Niigata Prefecture’s transformation over time, the natural sciences, science in our lives, and the “mystery plaza.” There’s also a moving dinosaur full-scale model, the largest planetarium on the Japan Sea coast, an outdoors exhibition area where you can experience riding in solar cars, and more, providing plenty for visitors of all ages to enjoy.

    The Niigata science museum located close to the Niigata library is a one day event while in town. There are interesting facts for all ages including a planetarium, science, fossil, kids area where...

  • The Niigata Bandaijima Art Museum
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    26 Reviews
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    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Chuou-ku Bandaijima 5-1 Toki Messe within the Manijima building 5F
    You’ll find this art museum on the fifth floor of the Toki Messe Bandaijima Building in Chuo Ward, Niigata City, Niigata Prefecture. It is a branch of the Niigata Prefectural Museum of Modern Art in Nagaoka City. Together, both buildings have a combine total of over 6,000 items, including works by artists with ties to Niigata as well as postwar modern art and art from other parts of Asia. There are no permanent exhibitions; about five or six exhibitions are held each year, rotating between planned exhibitions and collection showcases. There’s also a shop where you can purchase illustrated books of the collections and other museum goods.

    I arrived in Niigata after a week in Tokyo, where dual English/Japanese information signs appear in most major museums. So I was disappointed that none existed here, where I went to a temporary...

  • Niigata Prefectural Museum of History
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    19 Reviews
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    Nigata Pref. Nagaokashi Sekiharamachi 1 Authority 2247-2
    This large museum, about 10,000 square meters in area, is located in Sekiharamachi, Nagaoka City, Niigata Prefecture. The permanent exhibitions focus on the Jomon period and introduce the folk culture and history of Niigata. The “Jomonjin no Sekai Corner” teaches about the hunter-gatherer lifestyle of the Jomon settlers throughout the seasons. You’ll also find excavation reports and archaeological studies on Jomon culture, models of the covered walkways of Gangi-dori in the snowy Takada region, an explanation of the history of rice-making, and more.

    縄文土器は魅力がある。新幹線長岡駅に展示されているのは知っていた。新幹線長岡駅のは、デジカメで撮ったこともある。しかし、火焔土器が日本で最初に馬高遺跡で見つかったとは知らなかった。火焔土器、王冠土器ともに魅力があり、大英博物館にも、常設展示されているそうな。

  • Niigata City Niitsu Railway Museum
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    27 Reviews
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    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Akiha-ku Nitsuhigashichou 2-5-6
    You’ll find this museum in Niigata Prefecture’s Niigata City, which used to be called the “railway town.” It opened in 1983 and was renovated in 2014. The permanent exhibits showcase materials related to the railroad history of the region and prefecture and the development of railroad technology. The second floor features a model railway and a children’s area among other things. The outdoors exhibit features a model 200 bullet train, an express train from the national railway period, a snow removal vehicle, and an actual steam locomotive.

    I'm not interested in the railway or trains. But it was nice to play with some machine there! Also, I have nice photo from there:) I would be interesting for children for sure:)

  • Niigata City Art Museum
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    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Chuou-ku Nishiohatachou 5191-9
    You’ll find this art museum next to Nishiohata Park in Chuo Ward, Niigata City, Niigata Prefecture. Its collections and exhibitions focuses on contemporary and modern art as well as the works of artists with ties to Niigata. The building was designed by Kunio Maekawa, a Niigata-born architect, in his latest years. The collection consists of over 4,000 items and includes modern art by Bonnard, Rodin, Piccaso, and more, as well as domestic artists such as Yayoi Kusama. Several exhibits are held every year.

    Niigata Art Museum is a 15 minute bus ride from the History Museum - catch the bus on the side street in back. I was drawn by a rarely shown and massive exhibit of Hokusai woodblock prints, stunning...

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Found along the northwestern coast of Japan, Niigata prefecture is celebrated for its high-quality rice and breathtaking nature, most notably its spectacular mountains, whose white peaks draw in snow sports lovers from far and wide over the winter months. Hit the slopes at Yuzawa, pick out your favourite modern artist at Echigo Tsumari, or take a ferry over to Sado Island for an extra adventure.

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