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Niigata
新潟
Designated city
新潟市 · City of Niigata
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Location of Niigata in Niigata
Location of Niigata in Niigata
 
Country Japan
Region Chūbu
Prefecture Niigata
Area
 • Total 726.09 km2 (280.34 sq mi)
Population (January 31, 2012)
 • Total 804,193
 • Density 1,107.57/km2 (2,868.6/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Willow
- Flower Tulip
Address 1-602-1 Gakkōchō-dōri, Chūō-ku, Niigata-shi, Niigata-ken
951-8550
Website www.city.niigata.lg.jp

Niigata (新潟市 Niigata-shi) is the capital city of Niigata Prefecture in Japan. The port city is on the island of Sea of Japan. The city has the mouth of Shinano River which is the longest river in Japan.

Wards

Niigata has eight neighborhoods or wards (ku).

  • Kita Ward (北区 Kita-ku)
  • Akiha Ward (秋葉区 Akiha-ku )
  • Higashi Ward (東区 Higashi-ku )
  • Minami Ward (南区 Minami-ku )
  • Chuo Ward (中央区 Chūō-ku )
  • Nishi Ward (西区 Nishi-ku )
  • Konan Ward (江南区 Kōnan-ku )
  • Nishikan Ward (西蒲区 Nishikan-ku)

History

On April 1, 2007 Niigata City became the largest Nihonkai coast city as a government-designated city.

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