Niigata / Furumachi Town Tour

Furumachi, located between the Shinano River and the Sea of Japan, just across the Bandai Bridge from Niigata Station, is a district with an old history.
Enjoy your time in Niigata on a short tour around Furumachi and its surroundings, where the Minatomachi spirit of hospitality is still alive and well, although receptive to the changing times.

Walking distance from Furumachi
Cultural properties & scenic spots

Hakusan Area

Feel the breeze of an open port city

Hakusan Park was one of the first parks in Japan, and the adjacent Prefectural Government Memorial Hall was built in the Meiji era.
After the port’s opening, Niigata, which had been modernizing rapidly, felt a sense of excitement about the arrival of a new era.


Hakusan Park

National Site of Scenic Beauty

One of Japan's first parks. The Enkikan building is situated on the grounds and the Niigata Prefectural Government Memorial Hall is adjacent. The park forms a verdant belt surrounding various cultural facilities all the way to the Yasuragi-tei embankment on the banks of the Shinano River.


Niigata Prefectural Government Memorial Hall

Nationally Designated Important Cultural Property

Built as the Niigata Prefectural Capitol in 1883, it is the only surviving parliament building from when the Prefectural Assembly was established. A dignified building that blends Japanese tradition with Western style, it conveys a sense of the carpenter's expertise and the outstanding aesthetics of the time.



Registered Tangible Cultural Property

One section of the residence of the wealthy Saito merchant family has been relocated and rebuilt in Hakusan Park.

Nishiohata-cho Area

Relax in a Japanese guest space

In Niigata, where diverse interactions emerged in one of Japan’s five open ports, luxurious mansions and gardens were created as places to greet important guests and customers, and these still provide visitors with relaxing moments.



Registered Tangible Cultural Property

A nationally registered tangible cultural property and Niigata's oldest established restaurant, founded in the Genroku period (1688–1704). Of the many Japanese-style detached rooms extending over this vast site of sand hills that vary in height, 10 are nationally registered tangible cultural properties. The street adjacent to the Niigata Saito Villa is commonly called Shirakabe-dori, a charming streetscape of paved stone and black wooden walls.


Niigata Saito Villa

National Site of Scenic Beauty

A guest house built during the Taisho era (1912–1926) as a villa for the wealthy Saito merchant family. Over a site of about an acre extends a dynamic Japanese garden designed for walking that makes good use of the varying height of the sand hills.


Northern Culture Museum, Niigata

Registered Tangible Cultural Property



安吾 風の館

Ango Kaze-no-Yakata House

Shimomachi Area

Recall the romance of a port town

As a port of call on the Kitamae-bune merchant ship route, Niigata was a site of lively interaction for all kinds of cargo, people, and cultures.
There are still places in Shimomachi that tell the history of this port town of Niigata.


Former Niigata Customs House

Nationally Designated Historic Site

The only surviving customs post (for unloading of cargo) from the time of the five open ports. This government building, designated as a nationally important cultural property, was created by Niigata carpenters using elements of Western architecture with Japanese techniques and craftsmanship.


Former Daishi Bank Sumiyoshi-cho Branch

Registered Tangible Cultural Property

Originally built in 1927, this reconstructed bank building is designed in a solid yet classical style. The first floor is utilized as a restaurant.

みなとぴあ 新潟市歴史博物館

Minatopia Niigata City History Museum

This building’s design was inspired by the second-generation Niigata City Hall. Exhibitions of valuable materials are held here from time to time.


Minato Inari Shrine

Since the Edo period, this shrine, also known as Doraku Inari, has attracted worshipers from Niigata’s red-light district. Famous for the Wishing Dog statue (Niigata City Tangible Folk Cultural Property) that visitors turn around to make a wish.


Former Ozawa Family Residence

Niigata City Cultural Properties

The store and residence of the Ozawa merchant family. The residence and garden of this wealthy merchant family have been left almost as they were.

Furumachi by Day

The Furumachi district is a fusion of the new and the old, where time flows more slowly.
Lunch spots where you can enjoy the flavors of Niigata, relaxing coffee shops, and the Honcho Market, full of delicious food, are right next door.
Find your own hidden delights.

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Dining & cafes

Lunch ● Easily enjoy the flavors of Niigata
Cafes ● Long-established cafes popular with coffee lovers
Tea shop ● Matcha & sencha green tea, sweets

Shopping district

Long-established stores ● Confectionery, tea shops, seafood products
Designer select stores ● Miscellaneous goods, apparel, Japanese kimono
Market ● Fresh fish, fresh seafood products, restaurants, desserts

Events in mall

Eating & drinking events・Soh-odori dance, geta (wooden sandals) dance・Niigata Festival

Furumachi by Night

Ever since the days of the Kitamae-bune shipping route, Furumachi has welcomed countless people.
As time has passed, that hospitality remains unchanged.
The Kagai (geisha) district is one of the attractions of the night.
Enjoy delicious food and sake, the pride of Niigata, as well as unpretentious hospitality and atmosphere.

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Niigata local sake & cuisine

Fine Japanese cuisine
Japanese / Western / multinational izakaya bars, sushi restaurants
Shot bars

Furumachi Kagai (geisha) district

Inquiries about bookings
Niigata Sangyo Cooperative: 025-222-2237