Denka Big Swan Stadium is the home stadium of Albirex Niigata of the J-League and is located in Niigata Prefecture Sports Park. In the past, the stadium has also hosted the 2002 Japan-Korea World Cup matches.
Getting to the Stadium
Niigata Sports Park has located about 5 km from Niigata Station, and city buses run from the south exit of JR Niigata Station to this area. (Depends on the time of day, there may be one bus every hour.)
On J-League match days, a shuttle bus service is available from the south exit of JR Niigata Station, so please use that service. For more information, please visit the Albirex Niigata website.
If you are going by car, check the available parking lots around the park. For more parking information, please check the official website of the Niigata Prefecture Sports Park.
Niigata Station is the last stop of the Joetsu Shinkansen Line. Depending on the time of day, there may be one or two trains every hour, so please check the timetable. If you want to go to Tsukioka Onsen from here, you can take the Hakushin Line to Toyosaka Station, where some hotels offer a shuttle service.
The photo below shows the shuttle bus stop at the south exit of JR Niigata Station, which operates on J-League match days. It is a bit far from the bus terminal at the station, but you will probably recognize it because of the supporters.
For more information, please visit the Albirex Niigata website.
About the Stadium
Location: 67-12 Seigoro, Chuo-ku, Niigata City
Home team: Albirex Niigata (J-League)
Opened: April 29, 2001
Travel Tips & Information
Here is the basic information about Niigata as a reference for planning your trip.
If you are going from Tokyo to Niigata station, it will take around 2 hours and 10 minutes by Joetsu Shinkansen. From Tokyo to Nagaoka Station, it takes about 1 hour and 45 minutes.
If you are coming from Hokkaido or western Japan, you can fly to Niigata. There are flights to Niigata Airport from Sapporo, Narita, Nagoya, Osaka, Fukuoka, and Okinawa.
A limousine bus runs from Niigata Airport to JR Niigata Station, which takes about 30 minutes and costs 420 yen.
Niigata could be divided into the Joetsu, Chuetsu, and Shimoetsu areas. If you want to get around the whole of Niigata Prefecture in detail, driving a car is a must. It is also essential to choose a hotel that matches the distance you will travel by car.
Here is a selection of hotels in Niigata, Shibata, and Murakami.
Niigata Prefecture gets a lot of snow in the winter, so there are many ski resorts.
In winter, Niigata Prefecture offers winter sports such as skiing and snowboarding. You can enjoy the fireworks in Nagaoka city and the Fuji Rock Festival at Naeba Ski Resort in the summer.
Niigata is famous for its rice, Koshihikari. In addition to rice, there is also hegisoba (buckwheat noodles) and Hakkaisan (Japanese sake), which is famous in Japan.