Walking tour: Old Port Town Niigata

Niigata burgeoned into a thriving port city, welcoming ships from Russia, China, England, and around the globe for bustling trade. Niigata’s industrious citizens earned their livelihoods through the shipment of cargo and the trade of local agricultural products, attracting a diverse influx of sailors that left an indelible mark on the city’s character. The resulting fusion of cultures transformed Niigata into a vibrant hub where Eastern and Western influences harmoniously coexisted.

Embark on a captivating historical walking tour through the enchanting old port town of Niigata, where the echoes of the city’s dynamic past resonate with every step. This immersive journey unveils the unique tapestry of Niigata’s history, inviting you to explore the intricate blend of Western and Japanese cultures that flourished in the 1800s. Follow in the footsteps of the city’s pioneering inhabitants and the sailors who left an indelible mark, as we unravel the stories that shaped Niigata into the fascinating crossroads of global exchange that it is today.

What to expect:

  • Time-travel through Niigata streets, reflecting the urban planning of past centuries
  • Explore secret shrines with captivating stories
  • Visit homes of influential merchants who shaped the port city
  • Learn about local architecture and the deep symbolism of Japanese gardens

Things to note:

  • Distance covered: approximately 4 km (please consider your ability)
  • Starting point and ending point are different
  • Bring with you: socks, plenty of fluids, your curiosity, and enthusiasm

INCLUDED
・All entrance fees
・Guide fee

NOT INCLUDED
・Purchase of socks or drinks
・Transportation before/after the tour
・Guide tip

 

Tour Information

Reservation
  • Availability
    All-year (subject to weather conditions)
  • Duration
    3.5 hours
  • Capacity
    8 people
  • Minimum
    2 people
  • Age limit
    10+
  • Fee
    5,000 JPY (Per person)
  • Area
    Niigata City

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    BY JAPANESE LAW IT IS ILLEGAL FOR PERSONS UNDER 20 YEARS OF AGE TO DRINK ALCOHOL.
    WE DO NOT CONDONE DRUNK DRIVING. IN JAPAN THE LEGAL ALCOHOL LIMIT IS 0 (zero).
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