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  • Niigata City Aquarium Marinepia Nihonkai (Sea of Japan)
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    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Chuou-ku Nishifunamichou 5932-445
    An aquarium standing along the coast in Nishifunami Town, Chuo Ward, Niigata City, Niigata Prefecture. The Niigata City Aquarium reopened after major renovations in 2013. The aquarium keeps and displays some 20 thousand sea creatures spanning around 500 species. Some of the aquarium’s many highlights include a giant aquarium exhibit modeled after the natural environment of the Sea of Japan, a “marine tunnel” which will make you feel like you’re walking around on the bottom of the ocean, and exhibits introducing the creatures that live in the Shinano River. The aquarium also has popular exhibits presenting waterfront animals such as beavers, river otters, seals, sea otters, and penguins. Exciting dolphin shows are held daily.
  • Niigata Science Museum
    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...

  • Niigata Prefectural Botanical Garden
    14 Reviews
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    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Akiha-ku Kanadu 186
    This botanical garden, which contains about 100,000 plants on its expansive grounds, opened in 1998 and is located in Akiha Ward, Niigata City, Niigata Prefecture. Of the three dome-shaped greenhouses, the popular “tropical plant dome” is the largest in the country. Its jungle-like interior houses 4,000 specimens from 550 species, including rare baobab plants and Victoria amazonica. The must-see “Hana to Midori no Stage” has eight exhibitions held throughout the year along with the seasons. The garden features a walkway, allowing you to enjoy the peony garden, azalea garden, herb garden, and more as you stroll.

    I took a friend to the Botanic Gardens in the middle of a very cold and snowy winter. Being able to see colorful flowers and greenery and being able to shed our winter clothes during our walk through...

  • The Niigata Bandaijima Art Museum
    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 City Art Museum
    22 Reviews
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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...

  • Niigata City History Museum (Minatopia)
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    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Chuou-ku Yanagishimachou 2-10
    At this history museum in Chuo Ward, Niigata City, Niigata Prefecture, you’ll find materials illuminating the history and folk culture of Niigata, which developed along with the sea. The main building adopts a modern Western design used by the second-generation Niigata city hall. Inside, you’ll find a permanent exhibit with the theme “The local sea and locals’ lives,” along with a theater, planned exhibitions, and more. Onsite, there’s also the Former Niigata Customhouse building in the Meiji period, a National Treasure, and the Former Daishi Bank Sumiyoshi-cho Branch, which was completed in 1927. Visitors are allowed entry.
  • Northern Culture Museum
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    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Kounan-ku Soumi 2-15-25
    The Northern Culture Museum utilizes a residence of the Ito family, which was a large scale farming family in Echigo, and its construction was completed in 1889 after some eight years. The large residence has 65 rooms in a property of 8,800 tsubo (29,040 square meters). There are many sightseeing areas such as the Sanrakutei which has a large hall with 100 tatami mats facing a beautiful garden, a tea room, which was also used an office, and a two-storey earthen gate storehouse built around 1885. In the residence, there are displays of artistic crafts and archaeological documents as well. It is also a well-known place for wisteria, and the beautiful wisteria flowers in the courtyard bloom around late April to early May.
  • Niitsu Art Museum
    8 Reviews
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    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Akiha-ku Gawakesawa 109-1
    The Niitsu Art Museum is located within the Hana to Iseki no Furusato Park, near to Niigata Prefectural Botanical Garden and the Furutsu Hachimanyama Kofun historical site. The Museum hold a wide range of exhibitions, including early-modern period Nihonga and Yoga style paintings and sculptures, photography, original drawings used in the production of picture-books, comic books, animation, etc. A child-minding service, using expert professional staff, is available for visitors with young children (over six months old but below school age), although the service must be booked at least three days before visiting the Museum. The Niitsu Art Museum is located around 20-minute drive from the Niitsu Interchange on the Ban-Etsu Expressway.

    今回はリサ・ラーソン展を鑑賞しました。 内容が充実していて、なかなか見ごたえがありました。 こちらの美術館では、過去に藤城清治やヘレンドの作品展、そしてかなり前にはカッサンドラのポスター展が開催され魅了されました。 こじんまりとしていますが、魅力のある企画展を行っています。 また周辺には植物園や埋蔵文化財センターなどもありますので、いろいろ楽しめると思います。

  • Niigata Prefecture Archaeological Research Center
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    Niigata Niigata-shi Akiha-ku Kanazu 93-1
    Filled with an abundance of natural beauty, Niigata Prefecture also encompasses over 13,000 archeological sites, making it of high scholarly value as well. Located in Kanazu, an area dotted with ancient burial mounds, botanical gardens, and art museums, here in this museum and research facility, visitors can come in contact with real history. The facility studies and researches archeological artefacts, provides professional training, and holds archeology classes and engages in other public education activities. Inside, the facility is filled with excavated artefacts on display, enabling visitors to experience their history up close. The center’s outdoor training yard is used to host ancient magatama comma-shaped stone jewel making and traditional fire starting activities for school fieldtrips.
  • Meruhen Glass Museum
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    Niigata Niigata-shi Nishikan-ku Echizenhama 4715
    This creativity space is in a remodeled kominka (old house) in Echizenhama. They exhibit and sell glass burner-work figures and accessories by glass artist Naoko Matsuda. The gallery makes use of the old parlor room, and displays a variety of pieces by different artists to allow a close up look at their beauty and unique perspectives. There is also a cafe space where you can enjoy lunch, cake, and a variety of drinks. They also offer a variety of classes open to lone guests, as well, where you can try making “porcel-arts” or herbarium bottles yourself.
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    Niigata Niigata-shi Chuo-ku Kamiokawamaedori 10 Bancho 1864
    An art gallery standing halfway between Niigata City Art Museum and the Niigata Bandaijima Art Museum. The gallery was establishment with the aim of providing opportunities to come in contact with fine art, and to contribute to the creation of an environment in which the appreciation of art is part of the cultural activities enjoyed by local residents. Operating out of a remodeled townhouse dating to the Taisho period, the gallery’s exhibition room is a space where visitors can experience a variety of quality works of art. The gallery holds a variety of exhibitions each month, providing opportunities for incorporating art into the private spaces of the home and office. One of the gallery’s charms is that many of its featured artists personally visit the facility, enabling visitors to experience their works of art and worldview on an even deeper level.
  • Tsurui Museum of Art
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    Niigata Niigata-shi Chuo-ku Higashiodori 1-2-23 Hokuriku Building 1F
    This art museum was created by a businessman born and raised in Niigata based on a desire to leave behind the art he had collected as cultural assets for his native Niigata. The museum has no standing exhibit, instead holding four special exhibitions each year displaying pieces from the around 16,000 works of art in its collection. Pottery makes up the majority of this collection. The museum possesses a large number of pieces by the great masters Itaya Hazan, Tomimoto Kenkichi, and Yaichi Kusube, and a porcelain vase decorated with a depiction of a bird created by Itaya is a designated Important Cultural Property. The collection also includes many other rare and valuable pieces, including Japanese paintings by Taikan Yokoyama and Literati paintings by Ike no Taiga.
  • Northern Culture Museum Niigata Branch
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    Niigata Niigata-shi Chuo-ku Minamihama Dori 2-562
    This building was acquired at the end of the Edo period by the seventh head of the Ito family, the wealthiest landowners in Echigo, to serve as the family’s Niigata villa. Niigata-born poet and calligrapher Aizu Yaichi also famously spent his last years here. Today, the compound is used as a museum which displays works by Yaichi and other artists, and here visitors can view Yaichi’s poems and calligraphic pieces along with a view of a traditional Japanese garden. The Zabo and Seigyoan tearooms on the first floor can be used to host tea ceremony and other events. An elegant time can be spent in the sanjo-daime-style tearooms.
  • Katahigashi Higuchi Memorial Art Museum
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    Niigata Niigata-shi Nishikan-ku Sanbo 92
  • Yukiyanasha Art Museum
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    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Nishi-ku Yamada 451
  • Chisoku Art Museum
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    Niigata Niigata-shi Chuo-ku Shinkocho 10-2
  • NSG Art Museum
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    Niigata Niigata-shi Chuo-ku Nishifunamicho 5932-561
  • Niigata Kita Historical museum
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    Niigata Niigata-shi Kita-ku Kayama 3452
  • Nippon Dentistry Dept Univ Nigata Seimeishigakubuino Museum
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    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Chuou-ku Hamaurachou 1-8
  • Hakutou Art Museum
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    Niigata Pref. Niigata City Chuo-ku Mizushimacho5-27

Niigata Main Areas


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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