Geisha in the Furumachi area
have preserved the rich cultural
traditions of this port town to the
(Location: Nabedyaya restaurant)
A city with a colorful cultural heritage
A center for people and commodities from all over Japan since days of old, Niigata has developed its own unique local culture. Along with Yokohama, Kobe and other major ports, Niigata was opened to foreign trade by the Treaty of Amity and Commerce of 1858.
Niigata is home to numerous buildings and cultural assets from this early period of Japan's modernization.
Rice cultivation has long flourished on the vast plains of Niigata, allowing wealthy farmers to develop a luxurious way of life.