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Overlooking the Sea of Japan and serving as an important port city, Niigata is one of the largest cities in Japan and the capital of the Niigata Prefecture. The city’s history goes back to the 16th century, and has been a strong and growing capital ever since its foundation as a small port town.

As it is located just 250 kilometers north of Tokyo, Niigata is very easy to reach either by car, train, or plane. There are several hotel choices near Niigata Station and Niigata Airport, which is located around 30 minutes away from the city center.

Niigata is a metropolitan coastal city, so there’s plenty of beautiful places to see, and things to do, including the beautiful Urahama Beach and the popular Shinji Mizushima Manga Street, which features many life-size statues of famous baseball players. The sculpture street is a very short distance away from the main train station, so it’s easy to reach from the city center.

There’s much more to see and do in Niigata, and the interactive map on this page is a great way to explore where the attractions and hotels can be found in this exciting city.