Taking local trains between Toyama and Niigata


It’s easy to take the Shinkansen or a limited express train when travelling between Toyama and Niigata, but we decided to take local trains. I think we probably got to see a lot more and definitely spent a lot less money. Of course travelling by local trains in Japan takes a lot, lot longer! We took four trains and about six hours to make the journey to Niigata.

Toyama to Tomari – train 1

Tomari to Naoetsu – Train two

Naoetsu to Nagaoka – Train three

Nagaoka to Niigata – Train four

Sorry, no photo!:)


  1. Wise choice (local trains)… we travelled from Niigata prefecture to Nagano prefecture, mainly by Shinkansen and hardly saw anything .. mostly in tunnels

    • Chris Chris says:

      The Shinkansen is fun and practical if you are in a hurry. Local trains are quite a different experience and much cheaper, but you do need more time. I like travelling in Japan because you have reliable, quality, transport options.