Located on the Japan sea side of mainland Honshu, about 2 hours bullet train ride from Tokyo, Niigata city has been flourished as one of the major por...
Niigata Station Bandaiguchi Exit
popular sightseeing places in Niigata city
Niigata Station Bandaiguchi Exit
Located on the Japan sea side of mainland Honshu, about 2 hours bullet train ride from Tokyo, Niigata city has been flourished as one of the major port towns for centuries. Along with this historical background, Niigata city is now well known for delicious "koshihikari" rice, varieties of tasty sake, fresh products from both land and sea.
In this tour, you can choose 3 or 4 places to visit for 7-hour sightseeing tour.
We mainly use public transportation networks like Niigata city loopline bus service ( one-day ticket JPY 500 ) and taxi if necessary.
The places of choices are as follows:
1. Niigata City Aquarium "Marinepia Nihonkai"
Displaying both marine and fresh water fish in the region and aquatic animals. Dolphin shows are performed daily.
JPY 1500 Closed from Dec.29-Jan.1, Mar.3,4
2. Pia Bandai
Fish and vegatable market with restaurants popular for locals and tourists.
3. "Imayotsukasa" sake brewery
There is a guided tour and you can sample tasty sake.
4. The Niigata Saito Villa
Built about 100 years ago, this gorgeous villa and Japanese style garden attracts visitors all year round.
JPY 300 Closed on Mondays, from Dec.28-Jan.3
5. Minatopia with Former Niigata Customs House
There are also Former Daishi Bank building and Niigata City History Museum by the Shinano River.
6. Former Ozawa Family Residence
Authentic machiya-style house with beautiful garden from the Meiji Period.
JPY 200 Closed on Mondays, from Dec.28-Jan.3
7. Honcho Market
Located on the bustling Furumachi ( old town ) district, vendors sell all kinds of food with reasonable prices.
* vendors are less on Sundays
8. Strolling Furumachi district for 1 hour
Furumachi was once known as geigi (geisha) district like Kyoto and there are many restaurants, temples, old and
new buildings in this area.
* you can combine this choice with the Saito Villa or/and the Ozawa Residence (both in Furumachi district).
Please choose places you'd like to visit and email me.
Let's have fun in Niigata city!
JPY 5000 for the guide's transportation fee from/to Sado Island and Niigata city
entrance fee of some of the facilities listed above for you and guide
your transportation fee in Niigata
lunch for you and guide
Booking should be made 3days in advance.
My tour with Fujiko-san was fantastic! She is a great guide - friendly, knowledgeable and always making sure her customers are enjoying their tour. She was very flexible when setting the itinerary, taking into account all of the places I wanted to see and my interests, resulting in a large variety of sights throughout the island. She knows a lot about Sado Island and it was so interesting to hear all about the different places we went to! I had a great time with her and definitely want to visit again to see many more sights on the island! I would recommend having Fujiko-san as your guide if you are thinking of visiting the island. Thank you again Fujiko-san!
Hello, Nancy san Thank you very much for writing such an encouraging review of the tour! It was a bit busy tour since we only had 6 hours but I'm happy that you've enjoyed almost to the fullest. But we have much more to offer in Sado and I'm looking forward to guiding you in the near future. Fujiko
We spent one day on Sado Island with Fujiko. She was engaging and informative as we drove through different regions of the island, toured a sake brewery, took a tub boat ride, met a nationally famous sword craftsman, and enjoyed a nice local lunch. My only regret was that the island needs more than one day and we weren’t able to spend more time. I highly recommended her as an excellent guide, with superior English skills.
Hi, Beth san Thank you very much for writing such a wonderful review of the tour. Yes, many tourists think Sado is small but it is not true. I recommend to stay at least one night on the island to visit places of your interests! I didn't want to rush you but we skipped one more place so I hope you to come back and we can do more activities including meeting local people or just walking in local community. Please stay healthy and happy and see you again! Fujiko
My friends & I loved our Sado Island trip! Fujiko made it more fun & we look forward to going back again. She treated us like family. She is a very knowledgeable tour guide, enjoyable, friendly & caring. The day of our tour the weather was very windy & rainy. Fujiko was able to shuffle our itinerary & we were able to continue on with our tour. We did taiko(drumming), rode the tarai-bune(tub boat ride), visited famous sake brewery, & toured fishing village. We also had time, so she took us to a favorite crab market & got to eat the most succulent, sweetest, & packed with meat Sado Island crab, thanks to Fujiko!!! It's a must to eat while visiting on Sado Island. I also wanted to see the ume blossoms & Fujiko gave us directions to get to a park to view the ume blossoms & so beautiful! We Highly recommend Fujiko-san for your Sado Island vacation!
Hi, Donna san Thank you very much for writing such an encouraging review of the tour! Before the tour, I was a bit worried about the virus. But luckily we could visit most of the places according to your requests. Please come back again during harvest season and I will take you to the crab shop again, fruits farm and more! Sado Island has a lot more to offer. Please say Aloha to your wonderful friends. Looking forward to guiding you again! Fujiko
Fujiko was a wonderful guide. She loves S Sado Island and knows the best places to show you to get to know the island. It is lovely to talk to her. We had so much fun exploring the island with her!
Hi, Adrienne san Thank you very much for writing an encouraging review of the tour. I also had a wonderful time with you! It was a beautiful autumn day and I still remember that beautiful tree near the gold mine. You must be busy but I hope you will visit many other unknown places in Japan whenever possible. Take care and have fun! Fujiko