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Niigata City is located on the northwest coast of Honshu, Japan’s largest island, facing the Japan Sea. The two main ways of reaching the city are by plane into Niigata International Airport, and by train into JR Niigata Station. Direct international flights fly to and from Seoul, Shanghai, and Harbin. Domestic flights fly to and from many major cities, including Tokyo (Narita), Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka, and Sapporo. The JR Joetsu shinkansen (bullet train) can take you from Tokyo Station to JR Niigata Station in about 2 hours.

International Airline Service

Coming From Flights Flight Time Carriers
Seoul Three flights weekly 1 hr 50 min KAL, JAL
Shanghai Twice weekly 2 hr 35 min CES, JAL
Harbin Three flights weekly 2 hr 10 min CSN
Khabarovsk —No service—    
Vladivostok —No service—    
Taipei Twice weekly 3 hr 10 min FAT
Guam —No service—    

From Other Points in Japan

JR Shinkansen (Bullet Train)

  • 1. Joetsu Shinkansen
  • 2. Tohoku Shinkansen
  • 3. Hokuriku Shinkansen
  • 4. Tokaido Shinkansen

Domestic Air Service

  • 1. Sapporo – Niigata
  • 2. Okinawa – Niigata
  • 3. Fukuoka – Niigata
  • 4. Osaka – Niigata
  • 5. Nagoya – Niigata
  • 6. Narita – Niigata

Expressways

  • 1. Yamagata Expressway
  • 2. Nihonkai-Tohoku Expressway
  • 3. Ban-etsu Expressway
  • 4. Kan-etsu Expressway
  • 5. Tohoku Expressway
  • 6. Kita-Kanto Expressway
  • 7. Joban Expressway
  • 8. Chuo Expressway
  • 9. Joshin-etsu Expressway
  • 10. Hokuriku Expressway
  • 11. Tokai-Hokuriku Expressway
  • 12. Nagano Expressway
  • 13. Tomei Expressway
  • 14. Meishin Expressway

JR Train Lines

  • 1. Yonesaka Line
  • 2. Ban-etsu West Line
  • 3. Hokuriku Main Line

Ferry

  • 1. Otaru – Niigata

Getting to or Getting Around from Tokyo

Perhaps the most convenient way to travel between Tokyo and Niigata is by the “Toki” or “Max Toki” shinkansen (bullet train), on JR East’s Jostsu Shinkansen line. Trains runs approximately 30 times each way on weekdays, and about 40 times on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, with earliest departures just after 6 am, and the final departure between 9 and 10 pm. One-way adult fares start at 10,570 yen. Foreigners visiting for short-term travel may wish to purchase a JR East pass or Japan Rail pass, which offer unlimited free travel on JR train lines. Travel by plane is also available; ANA runs one daily flight between Narita Airport and Niigata Airport. Niigata can also be reached by bus or car via expressway. Sixteen express buses for Niigata leave each day from the terminal just outside the east exit of Tokyo's Ikebukuro train station.

From Route Approx. Travel Time Carrier
JR Tokyo Station (Joetsu Shinkansen) JR Tokyo Stn - Joetsu Shinkansen - JR Niigata Stn 2 hr JR East (train)
Narita Aiport (Domestic) Narita Airpot - Niigata Airport 65 min ANA (plane)
Ikebukuro Station (rapid bus) Ikebukuro Stn East Exit - Kan-etsu and Hokuriku Expressways - Niigata Station Bus Terminal 5 hr 20 min Niigata Kotsu, others (bus)

By Domestic Airline

Planes fly to and from the cities indicated below. The bus ride from Niigata Airport to the center of the city (Niigata Train Station) takes about 25 minutes.

From Carrier (flights per day) Approx. Travel Time
Sapporo (New Chitose Airport) ADO (2); ANA (1); JAL (2) 75 min
Narita (Narita Intl. Airport) ANA(1) 65 min
Nagoya (Chubu Centrair Intl. Airport) ANA(2) 60 min
Nagoya (Komaki Airport) FDA (1) 55 min
Osaka(Osaka Intl. Airport) ANA (5); JAL (4); IBX (1) 60 min
Fukuoka(Fukuoka Airport) ANA (2); FDA (1) 90 min
Okinawa (Naha Airport)
(Oct. to May)
ANA(1) 2 hr 25 min

By Train

The Joetsu Shinkansen (bullet train) from Tokyo terminates at Niigata. Other shinkasen to and from Niigata run from Kobe, Osaka, Kyoto, Nagoya, Nagano, Sendai, and other citiies as shown below. Foreigners visiting for short-term travel may wish to purchase a JR East pass or Japan Rail pass, which offer unlimited free travel on JR train lines.

From Route Approx. Travel Time
Tokyo Tokyo Stn – Joetsu Shinkansen – Niigata Stn 2 hr (Fastest: 97 min)
Aichi (Nagoya) Nagoya Stn – Tokaido Shinkansen –Tokyo Stn – Joetsu Shinkansen – Niigata Stn 3 hr 40 min
Osaka Shin-Osaka Stn – Tokaido Shinkansen – Tokyo Stn – Joetsu Shinkansen – Niigata Stn 5 hr
Akita Akita Stn – Tokkyu Inaho – Sakata Stn – Tsuruoka Stn – Niigata Stn 4 hr
Yamagata Sakata Stn –Kaisoku Kirakira Uetsu (special) – Tsuruoka Stn – Murakami Stn – Niigata Stn 2 hr 20 min
Miyagi Sendai Stn – Tohoku Shinkansen – Omiya Stn – Joetsu Shinkansen – Niigata Stn 3 hr 30 min
Fukushima Aizuwakamatsu Stn – Kaisoku Agano – Niigata Stn 2 hr 15 min
  Aizuwakamatsu Stn – Kaisoku SL Banetsu Monogatari – Niigata Stn 3 hr 35 min
Nagano Nagano Stn – Hokuriku Shinkansen – Takasaki Stn – Joetsu Shinkansen – Niigata Stn 2 hr 30 min
Kanazawa Kanazawa Stn – Tokkyu Hokuetsu – Toyama Stn – Niigata Stn 3 hr 40 min

By Car (via Expressway)

Niigata is served by three major expressways: the Hokuriku, the Ban-etsu, and the Nihonkai-Tohoku.

From Route Approx. Travel Time
Tokyo Nerima IC – Kan-etsu Expy – Nagaoka JCT – Hokuriku Expy – Niigata West IC 3 hr 22 min 297.6 km (185 mi.)
Saitama Tokorozawa IC – Kan-etsu Expy – Nagaoka JCT – Hokuriku Expy – Niigata West IC 3 hr 16 min 288.2 km (179 mi.)
  Urawa IC – Tohoku Expy – Iwafune JCT – Kita-Kanto Expy – Takasaki JCT – Kan-etsu Expy – Nagaoka JCT – Hokuriku Expy – Niigata West IC 3 hr 33 min 324.4 km (202 mi.)
Gunma (Takasaki) Takasaki IC – Kan-etsu Expy – Nagaoka JCT – Hokuriku Expy – Niigata West IC 2 hr 28 min 210.6 km (131 mi)
Ibaraki Mito IC – Joban Expy – Iwaki JCT – Ban-etsu Expy – Niigata Central IC 3 hr 48 min 301.9 km (188 mi)
Tochigi Utsunomiya IC – Tohoku Expy – Koriyama JCT – Ban-etsu Expy – Niigata Central IC 3 hnr 10 min 258.5 km (161 mi)
Aomori Aomori IC – Tohoku Expy – Koriyama JCT – Ban-etsu Expy – Niigata Central IC 6 hr 59 min 600.6 km (373 mi)
Iwate (Morioka) Morioka IC – Tohoku Expy – Koriyama JCT – Ban-etsu Expy – Niigata Central IC 5 hr 3 min 433.2 km (269 mi)
Miyagi (Sendai) Sendai-Miyagi IC – Tohoku Expy – Koriyama JCT – Ban-etsu Expy – Niigata Central IC 3 hr 11 min 253.5 km (158 mi)
Akita Akita Central IC – Akita Expy – Kawabe JCT – Nihonkai-Tohoku Expy – Kono-ura IC – R7 – Sakata Minato IC – Nihonkai-Tohoku Expy – Atsumi Onsen IC – R7 – Asahi Mahoroba IC – Nihonkai-Tohoku Expy – Niigata Kameda IC 4 hr 15 min 270 km (168 mi)
Yamagata Yamagata Central IC – Tohoku Central Expy – Yamagata JCT – Yamagata Expy – Murata JCT – Tohoku Expy – Koriyama JCT – Ban-etsu Expy – Niigata Central IC 3 hr 37 min 287.2 km (178 mi)
Yamagata (Sakata) Sakata IC – Nihonkai-Tohoku Expy – Atsumi Onsen IC – R7 – Asahi Maboroba IC – Nihonkai-Tohoku Expy – Niigata Kameda IC 2 hr 20 min 154 km (96 mi)
Fukushima (Koriyama) Koriyama IC – Tohoku Expy – Koriyama JCT – Ban-etsu Expy – Niigata Central IC 2 hr 145.1 km (90 mi)
Fukushima (Aizu) Aizuwakamatsu IC – Ban-etsu Expy – Niigata Central IC 1 hr 21 min 95.2 km (59 mi)
Nagano Nagano IC – Joshin-etsu Expy – Joetsu JCT – Hokuriku Expy – Niigata West IC 2 hr 18 min 201.2 km (125 mi)
Nagano (Matsumoto) Matsumoto IC – Nagano Expy – Koshoku JCT – Joshin-etsu Expy – Joetsu JCT – Hokuriku Expy – Niigata West IC 2 hr 57 min 257.2 km (160 mi)
Toyama Toyama IC – Hokuriku Expy – Niigata West IC 2 mr 38 min 238.7 km (148 mi)
Ishiakawa (Kanazawa) Kanazawa East IC – Hokuriku Expy – Niigata West IC 3 hr 11 min 292.6 km (182 mi)
Aichi (Nagoya) Nagaoya IC – Tomei Expy – Komaki JCT – Chuo Expy – Okaya JCT – Nagano Expy – Koshoku JCT – Joshin-etsu Expy – Joetsu JCT – Hokuriku Expy – Niigata West IC 5 hr 24 min 459.5 km (286 mi)
Osaka Suita IC – Meishin Expy – Maihara JCT – Hokuriku Expy – Niigata West IC 6 hr 26 min 582.3 km (362 mi)

By Express Bus

Express buses travel between Niigata and other major cities via expressway.

From Route Buses Per Day Approx. Travel Time
Tokyo Ikebukuro Stn E Exit – Shimo-Ochiai Stn – Nerima Stn – Kawagoe Matoba – Niigata Stn – Bandai City Bus Cntr 14 5 hr 20 min
  Shinjuku Expway Bus Terminal – Ikebukuro Stn E Exit – Shimo-Ochiai Stn – Nerima Stn – Kawagoe Matoba – Niigata Stn – Bandai City Bus Cntr 1 6 hr 5 min
  Shinjuku Expway Bus Terminal – Ikebukuro Stn E Exit –Omiya Stn W Exit – Niigata Stn – Bandai City Bus Cntr - Sado-kisen Ferry Terminal 2 7 hr 2 min
Osaka and Kyoto Osaka (Hankyu 3-Ban Gai) – Kyoto Stn – Niigata Stn – Bandai City Bus Cntr 1 9 hr 32 min
Miyagi (Sendai) Sendai Stn E Exit – Niigata Stn – Bandai City Bus Cntr 8 4 hr 8 min
Yamagata Yamagata (Yamako Bldg terminal) – Niigata Stn – Bandai City Bus Cntr 2 3 hr 41 min
Fukushima (Koriyama) Koriyama Stn – Niigata Stn – Bandai City Bus Cntr 2 2 hr 46 min
Fukushima(Aizuwakamatsu) Tsurugajo-Godochosha – Aizuwakamatsu Stn – Niigata Stn – Bandai City Bus Cntr 4 2 hr 4 min
Nagano Gondo – Nagano Stn – Niigata Stn – Bandai City Bus Cntr 4 3 hr 28 min
Ishiakawa (Kanazawa) Kanazawa Stn – Niigata Stn – Bandai City Bus Cntr 2 4 hr 41 min
Toyama Toyama Stn – Niigata Stn – Bandai City Bus Cntr 2 3 hr 51 min
Aichi (Nagoya) Meitetsu Bus Cntr – Niigata Stn – Bandai City Bus Cntr 2 7 hr 5 min
Gunma (Takasaki, Maebashi) Maebashi Bus Cntr – Takasaki Stn East Exit – Niigata Stn – Bandai City Bus Cntr 2 4 hr 5 min

From Niigata to Sado Island

You can travel between Niigata and Sado Island (Japan’s second largest outlying island, after Okinawa) by car ferry or jetfoil.

Liner Route Approx. Travel Time
Car Ferry Port of Niigata (Bandaijima Passenger Terminal) – Ryotsu (Sado Island) 2 hr 30 min
Jetfoil (fast) —Same as above— 1 hr 5 min

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