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NIIGATA A scenic route to see spectacular urban views and the beauty of nature

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Ascend to the observation deck and galleria of Tokyo Skytree, the world’s tallest broadcasting tower, for stunning views of the city of Tokyo from above. Your next destination is the atmospheric ruins of Sado Gold Mine in Niigata Prefecture. A memorial to the ingenuity of past generations, this historic site nestled in an unparalleled natural setting is truly one-of-a-kind.

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Haneda Airportmore

Haneda Airport

The airport serves as an air gateway for Tokyo. The passenger terminal is filled with various commercial facilities, and visitors can command a panoramic view of Tokyo Bay from the rooftop observation deck, so that every one, even those who are not flying, can enjoy the terminal.

Tokyo Metropolitan Area






TOKYO SKYTREE was listed in the Guinness World Records™ as the tallest tower in the world, standing at a height of 634 m. The Tembo Deck, at an elevation of 350 m, offers 360-degree panoramic views of the Kanto area, and even distant views of Mt. Fuji on a clear day. Tembo Galleria, a further 100 m up at an elevation of 450 m, offers even more expansive 360-degree panoramic views of the Kanto area. Moreover, the tower is lit up beautifully at night, alternating every day between "Iki," a soft blue light, and "Miyabi," a royal purple light. Special lights are also implemented for every season of the year. At the foot of the tower is Tokyo Solamachi®, a commercial facility packed with a wide selection of over 300 shops and restaurants, as well as a planetarium and an aquarium, offering a full day of enjoyment for visitors. The tower is a landmark that Tokyo boasts to the world.

Train (JR)
20 minutes

VR Ninja Dojomore

VR Ninja Dojo

VR Ninja Dojo is a unique ninja experience, giving anyone the chance to train as a ninja and put their new skills to the test. Players dress in full ninja costume and guided by a ninja master, learn a variety of fighting techniques, such as swordplay, shuriken (ninja stars), and ninjutsu (mystical ninja arts).

10 minutes by foot

Experience an Izakaya (Japanese pub) in Kandamore

Experience an Izakaya (Japanese pub) in Kanda

The Kanda-Jimbocho area, the birthplace of the University of Tokyo, is today very popular with students from Meiji University and other colleges. It has a relaxing atmosphere perfect for wandering around.The area is also known for its many bookstores, including old bookstores. There are also tourist attractions such as Yushima Seido, originally a Confucian temple. While walking, it is recommended to eat curry at one of many affordable curry restaurants or soba (Japanese noodles) at famous soba shops. Close to Tokyo Station, Ueno, Ochanomizu and Akihabara, Kanda-Jimbocho is a convenient location for visiting the surrounding area.

Tokyo Metropolitan Area



Tokyo Stationmore

Tokyo Station

October 2012 saw completion of the preservation and renovation work on the Tokyo Station Marunouchi Building. The red brick facade long loved as the symbol of Tokyo Station has made a comeback, along with the history and grandeur of the original building dating nearly a hundred years back. The occasion also saw the reopening of Tokyo Station Hotel and Tokyo Station Gallery. The former is the only hotel situated within an important cultural property of Japan. The interior is designed in a sophisticated, classical European style to blend with the splendor of the Marunouchi Building exterior.

JR Joetsu Shinkansen

Niigata Stationmore

Niigata Station

Niigata Station is the transport hub of Niigata City, and in addition to Station Shopping Center CoCoLo, and Ponshu-kan, a sake amusement park, a variety of shops can be found there where visitors can enjoy shopping and dining.

Train (JR)
107 minutes

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65 minutes

70 minutes

Sado Kinzan Gold Minemore


Sado Kinzan Gold Mine

Enjoy the history of Japan with a visit to Sado Kinzan, a world heritage candidate. Sado Kinzan has been Japan's largest gold and silver mine for 400 years. The "Doyu no Warito", a symbol of Sado Kinzan, is a magnificent V-shaped cravas that divides the center of the mountain. Visitors can also see many remnants of mine tunnels on the walls. After going through the mine tunnels that were used in the past, visitors can experience what the weight of real gold bullion feels like.

100 minutes

Taraibune (tub boats)more

Taraibune (tub boats)

Taraibune appeared in the Ghibli movie "Spirited Away." It was originally conceived for the purpose of fishing by Ama (woman divers), said to be an improvement from a laundry washbucket to the tub-like boat of today. Visitors can enjoy a unique experience on the clear seas of ​​Sado.


130 minutes

65 minutes

10 minutes

Gotokuya Jube Photoshoot(Geisha Style)more

Gotokuya Jube Photoshoot(Geisha Style)

Dress up in "Geisha Style" just like in an "ukiyo-e" painting. Wear a luxurious traditional Japanese kimono, and have your hair done in a style of extreme extravagance to experience the ultimate in feminine beauty. A photo session against an exotic backdrop in the studio will be a unique and exciting highlight of your trip to Niigata.

15 minutes


Genbi Shinkansen (art viewing, countryside tour & light dining train excursion)more

Genbi Shinkansen (art viewing, countryside tour & light dining train excursion)

Enjoy contemporary art with the world's fastest art appreciation experience. Along with the contemporary art created by the artists featured on each vehicle for this train, the train features a café that serves Tsubame Coffee, a popular beverage from Tsubame-Sanjo, and desserts made from carefully selected local ingredients under the supervision of Chef Romi Igarashi from romi-unie. Travelers can discover a variety of panoramic attractions along the route from the train windows.

1 minutes by foot

Echigo-Yuzawa Stationmore

Echigo-Yuzawa Station

CoCoLo Yuzawa Gangi Dori opened in December 2009. "Gangi Dori" is a street with a nostalgic atmosphere where the townscape from the early Showa Period has been recreated with houses lining covered alleys ("gangi"). The shops sell a wide variety of local souvenirs, including "sasadango (dumplings wrapped in bamboo leaf)," which is a specialty confectionary of Niigata Prefecture.
The station building also has a lot more to offer, including the "Tabearuki Yokocho," a street lined with restaurants, a tourist information center, the Visitor Center with a rent-a-car counter, and the Ponshu-kan selling numerous kinds of sake.

JR Joetsu Shinkansen

Tokyo Station

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