Niigata City has a super easy to use rent-a-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)
Look for the above lettering!
One of the city’s newest, coolest places to be is easily found in Furumachi, a literal 2 min walk from Hakusan Park. (more…)
Chillin’ Mama Cafe (Complete with Patio seating!)
A relaxed and warm atmosphere is waiting for you here at Chillin’ Mama. Meet the owner/chef/waitress and you will understand where the name Chillin’ Mama comes from. She is a bright, lovely woman who you simply have to meet. (more…)
This nice, hearty bowl of tonkotsu is calling for you in Niigata’s underground mall, Rosa.
Looking for a place in Niigata to get natural, organic, vegetarian food? Look no further! Marilou is a place you must try.
Looking for some “very thin pancakes”? Wheat or Buckwheat, sweet or savory, we’ve got the place.
This month’s Spotlight is on Le Pont Marie, a prim little crepe and galette shop in the Kami Furumachi area.
(Lunch Set Dessert: Crêpes au Citron)
The English Journal Spotlight introduces restaurants and cafes around Niigata. This month we visited Solero, a “back alley” cafe and gallery tucked away just off of the main stretch of Furumachi.
Looking for a good independent cafe in the Furumachi area? We’ve got you covered.
This month the Niigata English Journal introduces Blue Cafe.
This month’s Spotlight is on Kanade Shokudo (かなで食堂）, a prim little cafe located at the head of Chuo ward’s Ninjo Yokocho market street (人情横丁, see map below).