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Shibata Castle

Shibata (新発田) is a city in Niigata prefecture.


Shibata is on the northern Echigo Plain, near Niigata City. It flourished as a castle town in the Edo Period and still has a lot of cultural heritage such as Shibata Castle and Ashigarunagaya.

Get in[edit]

Shibata is on the JR Uetsu Main Line between Niigata and Murakami.

Get around[edit]


Shimizuen in winter
  • 1 Shibata Castle (新発田城), 6-4 Otemachi, +81 254-22-3715. Apr-Nov: 09:00-17:00, closed Dec-Mar. Construction of Shibata Castle was started in 1598 by the first clan leader, Mizoguchi Hidekatsu, and was completed in 1654. The Omote-mon gate and Sumi yagura turret remain from the old days and are designated as important national properties. Free.
  • 2 Shimizuen and Ashigarunagaya (清水園 足軽長屋), 7-9-32 Diei-cho, +81 254-22-2659. Dec-Mar: 09:00-16:30, Apr-Nov: 09:00-17:00). Adults ¥700, elementary and junior high school students ¥450.
  • 3 Ichishima Residence (市島邸 Ichishima-Tei), 1526 Ten-no. 08:30-17:00 (Dec 21-Mar 20: 09:00-16:30), closed:Wednesday (or the day after Wednesday when it is a holiday), Dec 28-Jan 3. Wealthy former landowner's residence. Many antiques, such as vases and paintings, are on display in the rice warehouse. Adults ¥600, elementary and junior high school students ¥300.
  • 4 Sekisen-so (石泉荘). From 2017 the garden was closed for rennovation. It will reopen when it is finished, but a date has not been set.



There are several hot springs in a rural area in Shibata.

Tsukioka Onsen (月岡温泉)[edit]

Tsukioka Onsen

Tsukioka Onsen was discovered in 1916. Today, Tsukioka has become major hot spring area with 20 Japanese style hotels and over 700,000 visitors a year. Some of the hotels open their baths to non-staying guests during daytime. Tukioka Onsen is about 20 minutes by bus from Toyosaka Station.

Day trip
  • Bijin no Yu (美人の湯). 10:00-22:00. Public bath. ¥500.
  • Hotel Hisagosou (ホテルひさご荘). 10:00-14:30. ¥800 (towel ¥100).
  • Hotel New Akebono (ホテルニューあけぼの). Su-F 10:00-16:00. ¥800.
  • Toueikan (東栄館). 10:30-16:00. ¥800.


  • Shiroyama Onsen (城山温泉).
  • Shibata Onsen - Ayame No Yu (新発田温泉あやめの湯).


There are many golf clubs and courses, in and around this city.





City Center[edit]

Tsukioka Onsen[edit]



  • Shibata City Sightseeing Information, 1-1-5 Suwa-cho (In Shibata Station), +81 254-26-6321.

Go next[edit]

Routes through Shibata
TsuruokaMurakami  N  S  Niigata
Murakami ← Arakawa-Tainai ←  N  S  NiigataS

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