Spotlight

Introducing local restaurants, cafes, shops, and other must see places in Niigata City.

Niigata City Chuo Fire Bureau

davWe recently visited the Chuo Fire Bureau and wanted to share our experience with you! It is surprisingly open to the public and free. They have interactive displays and they can take you on a tour of the building which was finished just 3 years ago.

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Emitai Bakery

This time, our spotlight is on a bakery that may be a bit out of the way but is well worth the trip. The name of the bakery comes from Senegalese lighting god. The owner, Mr. Mitsuhiko Kawashima, went to a bakery of the same name in Senegal during his time volunteering with JICA. (more…)

Teishoku Yotsuba

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Teishoku Yotsuba on a rare sunny winter’s day

Opened in December of 2016, this restaurant has been serving up delicious Chinese food which you know has to be good, not just because I said so, but because the owner is from Harbin in Northern China.

Located on a main street in Higashi Ward with a bus stop nearby, this open and airy restaurant is a great place to eat lunch and I can only assume that it is great for dinner as well, considering their happy hour and drink set menus.

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Nakano House Museum

The spotlight this time is on the Nakano House 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).

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Rent-a-cycle

Niigata City has a super easy to use rent-a-cycle system that is definitely worth a try!KIMG0794.JPG

 

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)

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Look for the above lettering!

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