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Niigata and Shibata 新潟と新発田

Capital and largest city of its eponymous prefecture, Niigata is a modern port set upon the Sea of Japan northwest of Tōkyō. With its own shinkansen line, the city has grown significantly in the past thirty to forty years. Heavily damaged by an earthquake in 1964, it is offers little of historical note, although it functions as popular gateway to Sado-ga-shima off the Sea of Japan coast.

Shibata, further north, was once an important castle town in Echigo Province. While it is today a rather quiet, rural city, it has preserved a historic stroll garden and temple district, with its partially reconstructed castle sitting on the northwestern edge of the center.
Early morning outside Niigata Station
Early morning outside Niigata Station
Ornate lamppost and station surrounds
Ornate lamppost and station surrounds
Bandai Bridge over the wide Shinano River
Bandai Bridge over the wide Shinano River
Bus crossing the Bandai Bridge
Bus crossing the Bandai Bridge
Next 21 Building down Masayakōji-dōri
Next 21 Building down Masayakōji-dōri
Masayakōji-dōri in central Niigata
Masayakōji-dōri in central Niigata
Torii at the entrance to Hakusan-kōen
Torii at the entrance to Hakusan-kōen
Stone lantern detail, Hakusan-kōen
Stone lantern detail, Hakusan-kōen
Outer torii of Hakusan-jinja
Outer torii of Hakusan-jinja
Lilypads and flowers with wooden bridge
Lilypads and flowers with wooden bridge
Lilies in Hakusan-kōen
Lilies in Hakusan-kōen
Main gate of Hakusan-jinja
Main gate of Hakusan-jinja
Hello Kitty votive plaques, Hakusan-jinja
Hello Kitty votive plaques, Hakusan-jinja
Niigata Prefectural Government Memorial Hall
Niigata Prefectural Government Memorial Hall
Front facade of the memorial hall
Front facade of the memorial hall
Bicycle and baseball statue in Furumachi Arcade
Bicycle and baseball statue in Furumachi Arcade
Cartoonish baseball statue, Furumachi Arcade
Cartoonish baseball statue, Furumachi Arcade
Suwa-jinja in Shibata
Suwa-jinja in Shibata
Entrance to Shimizu-en, Shibata
Entrance to Shimizu-en, Shibata
Red maple leaves and stone lantern, Shimizu-en
Red maple leaves and stone lantern, Shimizu-en
Stone lantern and tea house, Shimizu-en
Stone lantern and tea house, Shimizu-en
Preserved guardhouse for Edo-era soldiers
Preserved guardhouse for Edo-era soldiers
Street running through Shibata's Teramachi
Street running through Shibata's Teramachi
Main gate of Hōkō-ji in the Teramachi
Main gate of Hōkō-ji in the Teramachi
Standard shopping street in Shibata
Standard shopping street in Shibata
Fukiya Kōji Memorial Museum
Fukiya Kōji Memorial Museum
Omōte-mon gate at Shibata Castle
Omōte-mon gate at Shibata Castle
Restored Tatsumi-yagura, Shibata-jō
Restored Tatsumi-yagura, Shibata-jō
Original Sumi-yagura of Shibata-jō
Original Sumi-yagura of Shibata-jō
Cloud-streaked sky over the Sangai-yagura
Cloud-streaked sky over the Sangai-yagura
Shibata Catholic Church
Shibata Catholic Church
JR Shibata Station
JR Shibata Station