Did you know that you can enjoy winter in Niigata City year round?
This ice rink has everything you need and then some!
In addition to their full size main rink they have a sub-rink where you can practice curling (no really, they have lessons!).
Speaking of their lessons, they have all sorts of lessons from beginners, intermediate, short (3~4 day long) classes, curling and rink time for people with intellectual disabilities. They have “Kid’s Park” time every weekend and national holiday where they turn the sub-rink into a playground for kinds (and their guardians).
In their locker room they have around 1000 pairs of shoes ranging in sizes from 15-30 cm so almost anyone can rent shoes that fit.
When you do skate however, there is a “No gloves? No skate.” policy that they are very strict about (which they have for sale if you forget). They do also have helmets and knee/elbow pads that you can borrow for free.
Don’t skate but friends and family are making you go? No worries! There is a lounge on the second floor and spectators seats from which you can watch them skate beautifully or fall… or both if you are lucky.
Naturally, they have a snack corner too!
Have little ones? They also have a kids’ play room and nursery room on the second floor totally free to use.
During winter and summer breaks, they also hold special events like illuminations (both inside and out!).
Hours: 10:00 AM ~ 18:00 PM (From July – Sept. 12:00 ~ 18:00) Unless rink is rented out for special events.
Website (Japanese Only): http://n-icearena.com/
257-17 Shumoku, Chuo Ward, Niigata City
General Admission: Admission fees are as follows though they have monthly passes and group rates also available.
They have a shuttle bus from the south side of Niigata Station on weekends and national holidays. (Schedule here)
Otherwise if you get on a bus bound for the Shimin Byoin (市民病院) from the south side of the station and get off at the Shimin Byoin bus stop (map below).
There is a parking lot that is free for the first 3 hours when using the rink facilities. otherwise 100 yen per hour for small/normal sized cars, 200 yen per hour for buses and other large vehicles.
Map: (with directions from the Shimin Byoin Bus Stop)