Nagaoka is situated 130 miles (209 kilometers) north of the national capital Tokyo.
Don't restrict yourself to Nagaoka, because Niigata has a treasure trove man-made and natural attractions which await the savvy traveler. If you're keen to explore more of the area, head 17 miles (27 kilometers) where you'll find Kashiwazaki. Here you can enjoy the Kimura Tea Ceremony Art Museum and Akasakayama Park.
When it's time to spread your wings, why not visit the nearest regional center. Niigata lies 35 miles (56 kilometers) away and is home to attractions such as Niigata Racecourse, Northern Culture Museum and Bandai-Asahi National Park. Niigata Prefectural Botanical Garden, Toki Messe and Niigata Stadium (Tohoku Denryoku Big Swan Stadium) are also good spots for a visit while you are here.
Please natives in Niigata, by employing a few nice or practical Japanese words. "Isshoni odorimasenka?" is Japanese for "Would you like to dance with me?" Another practical one is "Benjo wa doko desu ka?" (Where's the toilet?).
The 23rd of December is Birthday of Emperor Akihito, so if you're visiting at this time, remember that some places may have changed opening hours as the country celebrates.
As your trip ends, bid Niigata a teary "Sayōnara"