Niigata, Niigata

Niigata (新潟市, Niigata-shi) is the caipital an the maist populous ceety o Niigata Prefectur, Japan. It lies on the northwast coast o Honshū, the lairgest island o Japan, an faces the Sea o Japan an Sado Island.

Niigata

新潟市
Ceety o Niigata[1]
Frae tap left: NEXT21, Bandai Brig, Toki Messe, Niigata Stadium, Central Niigata an Shinano River in the nicht, Rainbow Touer
Frae tap left: NEXT21, Bandai Brig, Toki Messe, Niigata Stadium, Central Niigata an Shinano River in the nicht, Rainbow Touer
Banner o Niigata
Banner
Location of Niigata in Niigata Prefectur
Location of Niigata in Niigata Prefectur
Coordinates: 37°54′58″N 139°2′11″E / 37.91611°N 139.03639°E / 37.91611; 139.03639Coordinates: 37°54′58″N 139°2′11″E / 37.91611°N 139.03639°E / 37.91611; 139.03639
KintraJapan
RegionChūbu (Kōshin'etsu) (Hokuriku)
PrefecturNiigata Prefectur
Govrenment
 • MayorAkira Shinoda
Area
 • Total726.09 km2 (280.34 sq mi)
Population
 (Januar 31, 2012)
 • Tot804,193
 • Density1,107.57/km2 (2,868.6/sq mi)
Symbols
 • TreeWillae
 • FlouerTulip
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Staundart Time)
City Hall Address1-602-1 Gakkōchō-dōri, Chūō-ku, Niigata-shi, Niigata-ken
951-8550
Wabsteidwww.city.niigata.lg.jp

Wi a lang history as a port toun, Niigata became a free port follaein the Meiji Restoration. Niigata's ceety govrenment wis established in 1889. Mergers wi nearbi municipalities in 2005 alloued the ceety's population tae jump tae 810,000. The annexation o the surroonding aurie haes an aa given the ceety the greatest rice paddy field acreage in Japan. On 1 Aprile 2007, it became the first govrenment-designatit ceety on the Japan Sea coast o Honshū.

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mergers o Niigata

Sister ceetiesEedit

Niigata maintains sister ceety ties wi sax ceeties:

In addition, special exchynge agreements hae been set up wi:

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