Approximately 500,000 people call Niigata in Niigata home.
Niigata is located 100 miles (161 kilometers) northeast of Nagano and about 160 miles (257 kilometers) north of the national capital Tokyo.
The Northern Culture Museum is a great day out for lovers of culture in Niigata. Take advantage of the quiet spaces, ask the friendly staff about the historical themes, pick up a souvenir at the gift shop or just explore the relics of the past.
The natural parks around Niigata show visitors the birds, trees and plants that flourish in the area. To tour one of the major local natural preserves, head out to Bandai-Asahi National Park.
Plant lovers will appreciate Niigata Prefectural Botanical Garden, an important collection of plants in the Niigata area. Like other botanical gardens in the country this special place plays an important role in conserving plant diversity.