The spotlight this time is on the Nakano House Art Museum-an absolutely gorgeous place that I am surprised even NEEDS the spotlight in the first place. Not only is it a photographer’s paradise (especially in the fall), but it holds so much history and art that it is definitely worth a visit (or three).
The spotlight has been shifted to yet another guest house located in the city. Opened in April of 2017, this conveniently located hostel is perfect for book lovers. (more…)
Next we have turned our spotlight on a new guest house that just opened in Niigata City this year!
This bright and beautiful establishment is run by Kazuno Maeda, a cat lover and international exchange enthusiast. (more…)
It is my privilege to introduce to you probably the best place in all of Niigata (if not further) to get real Singaporean food. (more…)
With the arrival of summer comes the Niigata City International Exchange Foundation’s annual Outdoor Sports Festival! Come enjoy a day of team sports and good times by the beach. There will be plenty of time to play, eat, or just stand around talking. Teachers from local clubs will be present to provide instruction for Beach Volleyball and Capoeira.
(Picture: Outdoor Festival 2016 写真：アウトドア・フェスティバル２０１６) (more…)
Would you be surprised if I told you there was another healthy, whole foods focused restaurant hiding in plain sight here in Niigata? Because there is.
The sake cup in the picture may look pretty shallow, but for two very special days in March, it’s as deep as the sea. That’s right, Sake no Jin is back, and on March 11th and 12th (Sat & Sun) anyone with an official cup can drown themselves in unlimited samples from nearly all 90 of Niigata’s sake breweries. Sake no Jin is the ultimate sake lover’s event, and busloads of sake drinkers come from around the nation to drink their fill.
This restaurant is located in the ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel in Bandai making it super easy to get to! (more…)
If you are looking for a reasonably priced, incredibly tasty Chinese restaurant, look no further! Allow me to introduce to you Toushou-hanten. (more…)
Niigata City has a super easy to use renta-cycle system that is definitely worth a try!
Regretfully, all of the information about this system can only be found in Japanese here (until this post! ) so I will try to explain the system in such a way that it makes sense but you will need at least basic Japanese- better yet bring a friend who can speak/read Japanese if you can’t (useful Japanese phrases can be found throughout this post)