Regional Information Niigata

Niigata, one of the largest centers of food, machinery and metal industries

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Department of Industry, Labor and Tourism, Industrial Establishment DivisionExternal site: a new window will open.

4-1 Shinko-cho, Chuo-ku, Niigata-city, Niigata Prefecture 950-8570
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The information below is as of November 2017.

Thanks to Niigata Prefecture's developed infrastructure of roads, ports, airports, etc., it is a key part of both the domestic and international distribution network.
Niigata Airport: 6 national routes / 7 international routes
Niigata Port: Carefully maintained as the only “Core International Port” along the Sea of Japan. In addition to allowing direct access to China's booming market, Russia, Korea, and Southeast Asia, it is connected to destinations throughout the world through transshipment routes going through Busan which provides operations 9 times a week.
Port of Naoetsu: Connected to China and Korea through regular container routes (Busan, Tianjin, Dalian and Shanghai).


Niigata offers a fully developed transportation infrastructure featuring three expressways: the Kanestu, Hokuriku, and Nihonkai-Tohoku. Also, all of the industrial parks in Niigata are located near an interchange for one of these expressways, allowing for easy access to the major consumer markets within Japan.

From Tokyo (Nerima IC) : 4: hours (300km)
From Sendai (Miyagi IC) : Sendai 3 hours10 minutes (260km)
From Nagoya (Nagoya IC) : 5 hours 30 minutes (460km)
From Osaka (Suita IC) : 7 hours (580km)


Niigata Airport:
6 international routes
115 minutes to Seoul (3 flights per week): 165 minutes to Shanghai (2 flights per week): 125 minutes to Harbin (2 flights per week): 210 minutes to Taipei (2 flights per week): to Khabarovsk and Vladivostok (charter flights operated from July to August).
7 domestic routes
70 minutes to Sapporo, Chitose (5 flights per day); 65 minutes to Narita(1 flight per day); 60 minutes to Nagoya, Centrair (2 flights per day); 50 minutes to Nagoya, Komaki (1 flight per day); 60 minutes to Osaka, Itami (10 flights per day); 90 minutes to Fukuoka (3 flights per day); 145 minutes to Okinawa, Naha (1 flight per day).


Niigata Port: Busan, Dalian, Tsingtao, Shanghai, Ningbo, and Tianjin
Port of Naoetsu: Busan, Tianjin, and Dalian


Joetsu Shinkansen (bullet train)
Tokyo: Joetsu Shinkansen / Tokyo - Niigata Approx. 2 hours (1 hour 37 minutes in the case of the fastest train)
Nagoya: Tokaido Shinkansen - Joetsu Shinkansen / Nagoya - Tokyo - Niigata Approx. 3 hours 40 minutes
Osaka: Tokaido Shinkansen - Joetsu Shinkansen / Shin-Osaka - Tokyo - Niigata Approx. 5 hours
*Hokuriku Shinkansen connecting Tokyo-Joetsu/Itoigawa-Kanazawa is opened in March 2015.
Tokyo-Joetsu Approx. 1 hour 46 minutes (18 min less)
Osaka-Itoigawa Approx. 47 minutes (56 min less)