About Nagaoka

Nagaoka is a city located in the central part of Niigata Prefecture, Japan, which is about 90 minutes from Tokyo by Joetsu Shinkansen (Super Express train). It is the second largest city in the prefecture, following the capital city of Niigata. As of May 1, 2014, the city has an estimated population of 279,793 and the total area is 890.91 km2.

There is a lot of beautiful scenery in Nagaoka. One of its most famous attractions is the Nagaoka Fireworks Festival, held along the banks of the Shinano River over two nights in August. The show covers nearly two kilometers of the riverbank and is the widest span of fireworks in the world. The city is also covered with white snow in winter, and its snow festivals, as well as many skiing resorts, attract a lot of sightseers. The countryside view of big rice fields in the suburb areas, and the sunset on the shores of the Sea of Japan, are very fascinating. Moreover, Nagaoka also has many famous breweries of Japanese sake (rice wine), capitalizing on its rice farms and clean water from the Shinano River.

The surrounding area offers diverse attractions from the abundant ski and snowboard resorts within easy reach during the winter season, to the famous koi carp facilities in nearby Ojiya. And the beautiful surroundings of mountains and the nearby Sea of Japan offer beautiful scenery all year round.

The Statues of the One Hundred Sacks of Rice Story
Terraced Paddies and Pords
The Grand Fireworks Display in Nagaoka
Enjoy Niigata, Nagaoka Area
Places to Visit and Events to Enjoy in Nagaoka
Access to Nagaoka City
From Narita or Haneda Airport (Tokyo)
Nagaoka is the second largest city in Niigata Prefecture. The Joetsu Shinkansen is a superexpress that connects Tokyo and Niigata and is the fastest way to arrive Nagaoka city from Tokyo (approximately 2 and a half hours) .
From Niigata Airport
Niigata airport is located north east of the Niigata Station. You can arrive Nagaoka City by taking 25-min Limousine bus from Niigata Airport to Niigata station (approximately 25 min) and also taking again the Joetsu Shinkansen from Niigata Station to Nagaoka Station (approximately 30 min).
About National Institute of Technology, Nagaoka College
National Institute of Technology, Nagaoka College established in 1962, is one of the oldest Kosen in Japan. The most significant feature of college education provided by Kosen is the theoretical and practical foundation offered through the five-year consistent educational program. It consists of subjects which will provide students with broad knowledge for the development of their personalities, and engineering skills. Nagaoka Kosen has 5 departments: Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Electronic System Engineering, Electronic Control Engineering, Materials Engineering, and Civil Engineering. To train well-rounded and creative engineering students who are willing to explore and work for the future of mankind is our educational philosophy.
Actually, since the 19th century, Nagaoka has had a long history of manufacturing due in part to its location close to the Higashiyama oil mines and its good transportation infrastructure. Currently, industrial production here in Nagaoka includes foundry industry, metal processing, precision instruments and the machine tools. In the history of the background, Nagaoka University of Technology was officially declared open on 1st October 1976 and the university has developed in many aspects and currently has become one of the best sought technology universities in Japan.