Getting to Niigata

Niigata Area Transportation Map


Get to Niigata Prefecture in as little as 1 hour and 20 minutes from Tokyo! The major access routes are the following two Shinkansen routes from Tokyo via Takasaki. It is possible to access Niigata Prefecture quickly from Tokyo and the Kanto area: it takes 50 minutes from Tokyo to Takasaki and then 30 minutes from Takasaki to Echigo Yuzawa or 1 hour from Takasaki to Joetsu Myoko.
● Joetsu Shinkansen: Tokyo → Echigo Yuzawa / Niigata
● Hokuriku Shinkansen: Tokyo → Joetsu Myoko / Itoigawa

It is convenient to take an airplane that lands in Niigata Airport if you are visiting from Nagoya or Osaka. There are also direct flights from neighboring countries to Niigata Airport.

Getting to Niigata by Airplane

Travel to Niigata Airport on international and domestic flights

There are multiple international flights in service from neighboring cities overseas (e.g., Russia, Korea, China and Taiwan) to Niigata Airport. There are also plenty of domestic flights from Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and other major cities in Japan. It takes approximately 25 minutes by airport shuttle bus from Niigata Airport to Niigata Station in the center of Niigata. There are also shuttle buses in service to the hot springs.

Getting to Niigata by Rail

Travel on a bargain basis with tour passes for foreigners visiting Japan

JR East Pass (Nagano, Niigata area): Unlimited rides on the JR lines (including the Shinkansen) in the Kanto and Joshinetsu areas
JR TOKYO Wide Pass: Unlimited rides on the JR lines (including the Shinkansen) in the Kanto area centered on Tokyo
Hokuriku Arch Pass: Unlimited rides in reserved seats and non-reserved seats in ordinary carriages in the Shinkansen in the free area of Kansai Airport - Kansai area (environs of Osaka) - Hokuriku area (environs of Kanazawa) - Tokyo area - Narita / Haneda Airport

There are also plenty of sightseeing trains that are fun to ride

Furthermore, unique sightseeing trains (trains with art on them and trains on which you can drink sake) are in service. This means you can also enjoy the time when you are traveling.
● Genbi Shinkansen: Echigo Yuzawa to Niigata
● Koshino Shukura: Joetsu Myoko to Tokamachi etc.
● Kirakira Uetsu: Niigata to Sakata etc.
● SL Banetsu Monogatari: Niitsu to Aizu Wakamatsu etc.

Getting to Niigata by Ferry

Enjoy an island trip!

Boats depart from Niigata Port and Naoetsu Port to Sado, from Iwafune Port to Awashima, and from Niigata Port to Otaru. Please have fun on a trip to an island where time passes slowly on a swaying boat.