Professional Sports Teams in Niigata

In the case of Niigata, it is roughly divided into three blocks as there are Joetsu, Chuetsu and Shimoetsu. Joetsu is the area centered on the former Takada City (now merged with Joetsu City) and Joetsu City, and is the image of Niigata associated with Kenshin Uesugi. Chuetsu is the area of Nagaoka City, Uonuma City, Minami Uonuma City, etc., where brand-name rice is grown, and Shimoetsu is the area around Niigata City.

For example, Niigata, which is easily accessible from the center of the city via the Kanetsu Expressway, is located from Yuzawa and Minami-uonuma in the Chuetsu area to Nagaoka, and if you continue on, you will be in the Niigata City area of Shimoetsu.
The Joetsu Shinkansen, which starts in Tokyo, also follows this route, passing through Echigo Yuzawa, Urasa, Nagaoka, Tsubame-Sanjo, and Niigata.

On the other hand, the Joetsu area is covered by the Hokuriku Shinkansen route.
Joetsu Myoko Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen is about 4 km from the baseball stadium of Takada Joshi Park in Joetsu City, and is the closest station if you are coming to the Joetsu area by Shinkansen. If you are coming from the center of the city, you can take the Joushin-etsu highway that runs through Karuizawa and Nagano. Sports teams in Niigata Prefecture include the following

Soccer

Albirex Niigata (J-League)

Albirex Niigata is a team in the J2 of the J-League.

Home Town : Niigata City, Niigata Prefecture
Home Stadium : Denka Big Swan Stadium
Origin of Team Name : Niigata is famous for its swans flying over the city. The name is a combination of Albirex, which represents the double star in the constellation Cygnus, and Rex, which means king in Latin.
Year of joining J-League : 1999
Titles : None
J1 League tenure : 2004-2017

Basketball

Niigata Albirex BB (B League)

Niigata Albirex BB is a team in the B1 of the B League (Japan Professional Basketball League).

Home Town : Nagaoka City, Niigata Prefecture
Home arena : City Hall Plaza AORE Nagaoka
Origin of the team name : The team name was coined by combining the double star Albireo in the constellation Cygnus with the Latin word Rex, meaning champion.
Year of establishment : 2000
Club mascot : Arud
Permanent number : None

Baseball

Albirex Niigata (BC League)

Albirex Niigata is a team that belongs to the BC League.

Home Town : Niigata City, Niigata Prefecture
Home Stadium : HARD OFF ECO Stadium Niigata
Origin of team name : Niigata is famous for swans flying over the city. The name is a combination of Albirex, which represents the double star in the constellation Cygnus, and Rex, which means king in Latin.

Weather in Niigata Prefecture

Niigata has some areas that are known as the heaviest snowfall areas in Japan.
However, not all of Niigata is a heavy snowfall area.
From December to February, there are years when the whole area is covered with snow, but in March, there are areas where it snows and areas where snow remains on the roads.

For example, there are many ski resorts in the Yuzawa and Minami Uonuma areas.
In this area, snow usually remains even in the latter half of March, but in March, except along the mountains, snow days become fewer and farther between, but a wall of snow still forms along the roads.

However, there is rarely any snow left on the main roads, so the roads are easy to drive on.

Even in the same Chuetsu area, if you go to the city of Nagaoka, there is almost no snow in the latter half of March.

Niigata City, which is in the Higoe area, is also an area of Niigata Prefecture where there is little snow.
In Joetsu City, the central part of the city gets less snow in the latter half of March.
However, Joetsu City itself is quite extensive and areas near the mountains get a lot of snow, so it is best to check carefully where you are going in Joetsu City.

Stadiums/Arenas

Niigata Racecourse

Niigata Racecourse is located in Niigata City, Japan. Getting to the Stadium On days when horse races are held, an extra bus service (for a fee) is available from Niigata Station t …

Denka Big Swan Stadium

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 Ja …

Niigata Athletic Stadium

Niigata Athletic Stadium is located in Hakusan Park in Niigata City. In addition to the track and field stadium, the park also houses the Niigata City Music and Culture Hall, Niiga …

Niigata City Gymnasium

Niigata City Gymnasium is located in the Hakusan Park in Niigata City. In addition to the gymnasium, the park is also home to the Niigata City Music and Culture Hall, Niigata Citiz …


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