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Minatopia Niigata City History Museum

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Address: 2-10 Yanagishimacho, Chuo-ku, Niigata 951-8013, Niigata Prefecture
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+81 25-225-6111
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Tue - Sun 09:30 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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Fine historical exhibits - but weak on non-Japanese explanation

If you are staying at the Nikko or have to wait more than an hour for the Sado Kisen ferry, pop over to the History Museum right across the river. You learn Niigata was one of 4-5... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Tokyo, Japan
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Tokyo, Japan
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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are staying at the Nikko or have to wait more than an hour for the Sado Kisen ferry, pop over to the History Museum right across the river. You learn Niigata was one of 4-5 targets for the atomic bomb - but you don't learn about the POW camps though.

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Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 235 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 January 2017

It is a special area where historical buildings remain with history of Niigata City as an old international port in Japan. The former tax office, a building of a branch of a former major bank, the city museum and so on. Currently, the old tax office is under renovation work, so you can not enter the hall.

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Tucson, Arizona
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Reviewed 19 July 2016

This wonderful museum is one of the best I've been in worldwide that is devoted to city history. It emphasizes the coastal city's relationship with water and features four buildings. I spent my time here exploring the grounds and in the main three-story museum building, which was constructed to look like the second Niigata City Hall, built in 1911. None... More 

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Thank Rumples
San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 November 2015

Well worth the hour to visit the actual Prefecture meeting hall...we could just picture the city reps sitting aroung the table, up in the chairs on the second level...and so many photos and replicas of the kinds of city business that went on here...

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Galveston, Texas
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Reviewed 8 June 2014

We came here to the grounds along the river to see a dance production with Mickey Muse from Tokyo Disney. A really nice venue for this. The river view is really nice. The old buildings are beautiful.

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Malden, NL
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Reviewed 3 June 2011

It is worthwhile to visit the Minotopia museum area, loacated at the river, where in former times the harbour was located. Niigata was one of the five harbours through which Japan was connected to the rest of the world. In the area you will find the Niigata City Museum, the former Niigata Customs House, and the former Daishi Bank Sumiyoshi-cho... More 

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