Niigata University was established in 1949 in Niigata City as the center for higher education and research in the areas along the Sea of Japan. The University has ten faculties, five graduate schools and Medical and Dental Hospitals, where about 12,300 students receive undergraduate and graduate education and about 3,000 research staff and officers work. Its two campuses are located in the center and the west side of the City. You can go to Niigata City by Shinkansen Bullet Train from Tokyo in two and half hours. Niigata City commands Japan Sea and, in its behind, there spreads Echigo Plain, the biggest plain in Japan. Everyone who visits our university for the first time is surprised to know that there exists the intellectual community surrounded by beautiful nature within two hours reach from Tokyo.