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Niigata hosted two first round matches and one second round game.

Capacity: 42,300.

2002 World Cup Match Reports.

Niigata Big Swan Stadium

Niigata Stadium - Japan 2002
Niigata Stadium

Saturday, 1st June:

Group E:
Rep. of Ireland vs Cameroon (1:1)

Monday, 3rd June:

Group G:
Croatia vs Mexico (0:1)

Saturday, 15th June:

Second Round
Denmark vs England (0:3)

The Big Swan Stadium is located in Niigata Sports Park.

Niigata Tourism

Located on the west coast of Japan, facing the Japan Sea, Niigata has beautiful sunsets. The area is also famous for delicious rice and sake - rice wine.

Niigata prefecture is blessed with countless natural wonders: a long and diverse coastline, national parks with mountains and rivers, expansive fertile plains, and an island alive with culture and history - Sado Island.

Niigata City:
The Shinano and Agano rivers flow through the center of Niigata City.

Niigata Delicacies:
Among the many products of the Sea of Japan, the most popular is Namban Ebi (shrimp). Caught all year round, you can be sure to find this on the menu in Niigata.

Niigata Sightseeing:
Learn about the history and culture of the port town of Niigata at the Niigata City History Museum - Minatopia.

Niigata Tourism:
Niigata prefecture tourism guide.

Getting Around Niigata

By Air

International

Flights from Seoul take around 2hr 15mins, from Xi'an via Shanghai (6hrs 15mins), from Harbin (1hr 55mins), from Guam (3hrs 40mins), from Honolulu (6hrs 25mins) and from Vladivostok (1hr 20 mins).

Domestic

Osaka (1hr 10mins), Nagoya (55mins), Sapporo (1hr 10mins), Fukuoka (1hr 35mins) and Hiroshima (1hr 45mins).

Getting to Niigata Airport

The Bus Center - JR Niigata Station - Airport route takes about 25mins. and costs 350 yen. Buses leave the Bus Center twice an hour between 6:45 and 18:20.

Buses from the airport run between 9:30 and 20:20.

Taxis from JR Niigata Station take around 20 mins and cost about 3,000 yen.

By Train

The Joetsu Shinkansen super-express train from Tokyo takes around 1hr 40mins.

By Road

Driving on the Kan-etsu Expressway from Tokyo takes around 4 hours.

Niigata by Bus

Buses are a lot slower than the trains - Tokyo (5hrs), Osaka (9hrs 30mins), Sendai (4hrs).

Where to Stay in Niigata

Niigata Accommodation:
A list of hotels and inns in the Niigata area.

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