Niigata City is prefectural capital of Niigata Prefecture which is located in the central region of Japan. It is the largest city on the Japan Sea side of Honshu (the main island of Japan) and plays a central role in the cultural arts, politics the economy of neighboring areas. It is two and a half hours by Shinkansen(super-express trains that run with an average speed of over 200 km/h) from Tokyo.