I’m really excited to interview freelance writer Greg Goodmacher about Niigata, Japan. Greg’s tips for the best things to do in Niigata are awesome because he came to Japan for a teaching job and now writes about his unique experiences in Japan, including bathing in over 600 different hot springs in Japan. He loves the unique food culture, world-class skiing, and abundant bird life in this area of Japan.
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We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out Enjoy Niigata, the local visitor’s bureau. They are a wealth of information and can help you plan an itinerary based on your time, budget, and interests.
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Getting around Niigata
The local airport is Niigata Airport (KIJ), which is a 20-minute drive into the city. Use our Expedia tool below to find flight, hotel, and rental car options.
Greg says that, in order to see everything this region has to offer, it’s a good idea to rent a car. For the best rental car offers, visit Avis, Budget, or Hertz.
There is also a city bus loop that stops at 16 locations throughout Niigata.
Places we talked about on the Niigata, Japan podcast
Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Greg Goodmacher about Niigata, Japan. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.
- Red dots = best places to eat in Niigata, Japan
- Green dots = best things to do in Niigata, Japan
- Yellow dots = best places to stay in Niigata, Japan
Who is Greg Goodmacher?
Greg Goodmacher, a long-time resident of Japan, is a hot spring addict. He has bathed in more than 600 Japanese onsens across Japan and blogs about Japanese hot springs. Writing travel and culture articles about Japan is his bread and butter, or rice and miso. Greg has traveled on boat, train, car, airplane, motorhome, canoe, kayak, snowshoe, and skis around Japan.
Here are a few articles that he’s written:
- Beyond Niseko: Honshu Ski Resorts That Should Be On Your Radar
- Salmon Culture in Murakami: The Revival of an Ancient Tradition
- Bathing in a Japanese Onsen and Car Camping During a Pandemic
You can connect with Greg on his website, Muckrack author profile, or on LinkedIn. Big thanks to Travel Massive for introducing us.
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Stay tuned for our next episode
Listen to the next episode when Kristy Tolley, the author of the book “100 Things to Do in Asheville Before You Die,” shares the best things to do in Asheville, North Carolina. In this episode, Kristy and I talk about exploring the River Arts District, attending the Chow Chow Food & Culture Festival, and seeing the animals at the Western North Carolina Nature Center. We hope you’ll join us when We Travel There.
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