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Living in Niigata

Niigata City is a beautiful port city with a population of about 800,000. Although the city allows people to lead their lives with comfort and convenience being a great domestic and international transportation hub, Japan's pristine landscape can still be found and traditional culture remains untouched.

Low cost

You can make your life more comfortable with low cost of living in Niigata compared to Tokyo area.

Average monthly expenses (excluding house rent)

NU student

52,510 JPY (approx. 491 USD)

Tokyo area

61,390 JPY (approx. 574 USD)

Average monthly rent in Niigata City

Type of Accommodation Rent (Monthly)
(with 10-13 m2 living room)
Private bath and toilet 20,000 JPY (187 USD)
55,000 JPY (514 USD)
Shared bath and toilet 15,000 JPY (140 USD)
20,000 JPY (187 USD)
Apartments with meals (boarding house) 40,000 JPY (374 USD)
60,000 JPY (560 USD)


Niigata City is one of the biggest commercial cities on the Japan Sea coast offering shopping areas and delicious restaurants as well as lots of places to see.
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With the large number of visitors from abroad and international students in Niigata, there are five consulates in the city.

Consulate Address TEL
Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in Niigata 5220-18, Nishiohatacho, Chuo-ku, Niigata 025-228-8888
Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Niigata 5-1, Bandaijima, Chuo-ku, Niigata 025-255-5555
Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Niigata 5-1, Bandaijima, Chuo-ku, Niigata 025-244-6015
Honorary Consulate of Mongolia in Niigata 10-2, Shinkocho, Chuo-ku, Niigata 025-281-1040
Honorary Consulate of France in Niigata 1-11-3, Yoneyama, Chuo-ku, Niigata 025-242-1577


Niigata is easily accessed from major cities in Japan as well as around the world as being served by an international airport, the seaport, bullet and local trains and numerous expressways.


Access from Tokyo


You can find out more about Niigata by checking the videos listed below, which will show you a variety of dynamic characteristics of Niigata, including rich history, renowned food and beautiful landscape.

“Niigata – A Hidden Gem” (Niigata City Promotional Video)


“Mega City Niigata” (Niigata City Promotional Video)