city in Niigata Prefecture, Japan

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

Shibata Castle


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 inEdit

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

Get aroundEdit


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 CenterEdit

Tsukioka OnsenEdit



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

Go nextEdit

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

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