A city of water—where the Shinano River flows into the Japan Sea side. A green city, where the city environment and agricultural environment thrive side by side. A flourishing port active since the mid-17 century, when it was a major stop for cargo ships traversing the Japan Sea. The port of Niigata was one of the five that opened up to the world as the Edo Period was reaching its end. And old port that is also new, as the city looks outward to a bright and bustling future.
Niigata City made a new beginning in 2005, when it merged with 13 surrounding municipalities—instantly increasing its population to 810,000 and becoming the country’s largest city on the Japan Sea. Blessed with great rivers and Japan Sea, with fertile farmland and abundant natural beauty, with an active seaport and a busy airport and a web of expressways: Niigata City is a major center of interchange. In April 2007 it also became an ordinance-designated city.
Below we offer an overview of our city’s harmonious mix of urban and pastoral, of people and things, of culture and nature.