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“historical buildings in Niigata City”

Minatopia Niigata City History Museum
Ranked #15 of 172 things to do in Niigata
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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Reviewed 20 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 of the other structures -- the former Niigata Customs House, a reconstructed warehouse and a former bank building -- were open during my weekday morning visit. But, as an architecture buff, I still enjoyed looking at their exteriors.

I thought the exhibition rooms in the main building were beautifully curated with a nice use of dioramas. Displays -- many interactive -- include irrigation canals, the growing of rice, area maps, early settlements, rivers, historical and current photos and today's trade with other cities. I especially liked the exquisite model of the Bandai Bridge, which is the symbol of Niigata. The model shows the first of three Bandai bridges constructed. It was made of wood and the first to cross the Shinano River, the longest in Japan. This beautiful work stands in a glass case and takes up almost a complete small exhibition room.

Outside, the well-maintained grounds include canals. One creates the atmosphere of the time when many of Niigata's streets were canals. The landing area by one canal marks the former bank of the Shinano River, which is still nearby. The museum is one of the Shinano River Water Shuttle stops.

I came on the City Loop Bus, using a daily pass. This gave me a discount on the Y300 adult admission price for the main building's exhibits. I also received a free audio guide in English and an English brochure. There is no fee for exploring the grounds.

Thank Rumples
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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...

Thank Marlene Z
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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.

Thank Father_Stephen
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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 Branch.

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