Spotlight

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

Royal Asian Dining & Bar

This time around, we visited a relatively new Asian cuisine restaurant located in the heart of Furumachi that is run by a Nepalese chef with over 20 years of experience in the kitchens in Nepal, India, Tokyo, and now Niigata. (more…)

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Zen

IMG_0312Recently we went to Zen, a restaurant located on the 16th floor of the Next 21 building near the heart of Furumachi. Here, you can practice Zazen meditation and have breakfast fit for a monk in the morning and come back to have a Tanita Shokudo balanced meal for lunch.

 

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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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