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Nice and free observatory

On the top floor of the Media Ship building is an observation floor, open from 11am. The ride up... read more

Reviewed 17 October 2017
One of those surprises

Security is not obvious in Japan, so we entered the building walked to an elevator and went... read more

Reviewed 11 August 2017
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3-1-1 Mandai, Chuo-ku, Niigata 950-8535, Niigata Prefecture
+81 25-385-7447
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Reviewed 3 February 2019 via mobile

A very quiet place even on a Sunday. Just 15 mins walk from station. You wont miss the shape of the building. Free entrance to 20/F observatory. There are rest tables that you can get a drink from vending machine next to it. 19/F is...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank Edith C
Reviewed 16 May 2018 via mobile

I recommend you should visit the observatory deck at night. You must be impressed with the night view from the observatory deck. It is stunning.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Yukiwarisou
Reviewed 17 October 2017

On the top floor of the Media Ship building is an observation floor, open from 11am. The ride up is in a glass elevator, and there are 360 degree views around the city, up and down the Shinano River, and out the the Nihon Kain...More

Date of experience: October 2017
1  Thank MunichEricJ
Reviewed 13 August 2017

As I stayed in ANA Crown Plaza hotel, this place was just 5min walk from the hotel. Great view from the 20th Floor. As it is not so high as compared to the 31st floor observation floor at Hotel Nikko, the view is different but...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank guant2013
Reviewed 11 August 2017

Security is not obvious in Japan, so we entered the building walked to an elevator and went straight up to the observation desk. Clean bathrooms and snacks available. Quite some students sitting there doing homework or just socialize. The view is worth a visit.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Stephan1954
Reviewed 9 January 2017

This is the headquarters of the newspaper company in Niigata prefecture, with conference rooms, exhibition rooms, event spaces and an observation room. The observation room is admission free. From the observation room I saw the panorama of Niigata City, Sea of Japan and Sado Island.

Date of experience: December 2016
Thank mat_mak
Reviewed 20 May 2016

The views from the 20th floor of the beautiful Media Ship building are spectacular. Not far from the Shimano River, the 20th floor is dedicated to viewing the entire city and the Sea of Japan. Best of all, its free...no charge for great picture taking.

Date of experience: May 2016
Thank Mid60sCouple
Reviewed 8 November 2015

Took several photos of this place from the Shinano River and the highest building ...great restaurant on the 8th floor! Wish I spoke better Japanese!

Date of experience: October 2015
Thank Marlene Z
Reviewed 3 March 2015

An office building doesn't normally lend itself to being much more than a place of business. The Media Ship however does have a couple of things worthy of attention. The exterior was designed to look like a sail full of wind (and it does), and...More

Date of experience: November 2014
Thank BryanBaier
Reviewed 3 August 2014

Great view of the city on the top floor. Not much else going on for foreigners. For locals they were filming a live broadcast of a children's show in one space, a presentation/show in another space and a promotional tour in another space.

Date of experience: August 2014
Thank Nichola A
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