Calendar and Resident Resources

(Event colors correspond to event type. Blue are events run by NCIEF. Green are run by other groups. Gold are run by the city or other large facilities. Red are deadlines or tests.)

Table of Contents

  • General Bulletins
  • Art Exhibits
  • Education Related
  • Consultation Services
  • General Reference for Life in Japan

—General Bulletins—

CrossPal Niigata Parking Lot Closure

CrossPal Niigata will have parking equipment work done on Tuesday, October 24th. During that time you will not be able park there.
Date: October 24th (Tue)
Place: CrossPal Niigata parking lot

Business Start-up Support for Non-Japanese in Niigata City

There are various things that they can help with but the main two benefits of the new support program are that foreigners can get.

  1. Special 6 month residency status while setting up the business.
  2. Support while planning/establishing their business.

For more info: call 025-226-1620, search the web for  “ 新潟市 創業 外国人 ” or email

—Art Exhibits—

Introduction of International Exchange Groups and International Cooperation Groups

This event will introduce the activities of International Exchange Group in Niigata via an exhibit and various presentations.
Date: October 20th (Fri) ~ 22nd (Sun) 10:00 ~ 17:00
Place: CrossPal Niigata 2F
Fee: Free
For more info call: 025-225-2727(NCIEF) 


Current Exhibition in the NCIEF Salon

South Korean Exhibition
Date: September 1st (Fri) ~ October 27th (Fri) 9:00~17:00
Closed: Sundays, Holidays, and the 4th Mon. of every month
Place: Niigata International Friendship Center (Crosspal 2F)
For more info: 025-225-2727(NCIEF)

—Education Related—

School Support for Non-Native Speakers (Elementary – High School)

Is your child struggling in school? The Nico Pal Club and R’s are two volunteer groups that provide educational support to non-native speakers attending Japanese schools. Tutoring and support is available at CrossPal Niigata every Saturday from 10:00 to 14:30. Contact NCIEF for more information.

Financial Assistance to Elementary & Junior High School

Niigata city provides enrollment support such as purchasing stationaries, lunch fee, medical fee, school trip fee, for families that earn less than a certain income level.

Please consult with your child’s school for more information.

Consultation Services

Niigata Help Association  
TEL: 025-228-2212
Every Day: 9:00-23:00
Spanish, English, Korean, Tagalog, Thai, Chinese, etc.

Niigata International Association 
TEL: 025-241-1881
English: Thu 10:00~14:00  Thai: Tue 10:00-14:00
Chinese: 1st, 3rd, 5th Wed 10:00-14:00

Niigata Medical Care Information Network 
URL: Site available
in Japanese Only

Hello Work, Foreigner Advisory Service 
TEL: 025-280-8609
Address: No.2 Niigata-Misaki Government Building (1-2-1 Misaki-cho, Chuo-ku, Niigata-shi)
1st ~ 4th  Wed 13:30-16:00
English & Chinese

Niigata Prefectural Gyosei Shoshi (Administrative Clerk) Main Office Free Consultation for Foreign Nationals (Reservations Required)

  1. Niigata Prefectural Gyosei Shoshi Niigata Branch Office
    Date:    September 17th (Sun) 11:00~15:00
    Place:   Higashi Ward Plaza (Higashi Ward)
    Contact: 070-1189-8555 (Ms.Aiba)
  1. Gyoseishoshi Association of Niigata
    Date:    September 20th (Wed) 10:00~14:00
    Place:   Toki Messe
    Contact: 025-290-5650 (Gyoseishoshi Association of Niigata)

Free Legal Consultation for Foreign Residents
Need legal advice? Typically about once every two months there will be an opportunity to visit with a lawyer and receive free consultation regarding legal matters. If you don’t speak Japanese, then an  interpreter will be provided for you.
Dates for this Fiscal Year: (Fri) Aug 25th, Oct 20th, Feb 16th
Times: 13:00~17:00
Place: CrossPal Niigata 2nd floor
Requirements: Must be non-Japanese resident living and working in Niigata
Language Support Available: English, Chinese, Korean, French, and Russian
Places Available: 5 (reservations required) Length of Consultation: 45 min/ person
Reservations: Please tell us your name, nationality, phone number, sex, and what you wish to discuss.
For more info/reservations: 025-225-2727 or email

Helpline for Foreigners  
TEL: 0120-279-338 Call the toll-free number and press 2 after the Japanese guidance

 TELL (Tokyo English Life Line Japan)
Provides free phone counseling between the hours of 9:00AM and 11:00PM.
Their website also provides a nationwide healthcare index and other useful information.
Life Line: 03-5774-0992

International Mental Health Professionals Japan (IMHPJ)
IMHPJ is an association that maintains a useful index of certified international mental health professionals.

—General Reference for Life in Japan—

Surviving in Japan (without much Japanese) – the unconventional how-to guide for living in Japan is an extensive blog and an excellent Japan resource. If you’re having trouble, or just want a reference, check out this site; you might be surprised what you find.

CLAIR provides a general guide to life in Japan, including information on visas, medical care, and more.