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Murakami, Niigata

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Country  Japan
Area  1,174 km²
Prefecture  Niigata Prefecture
Phone number  0254-53-2111
Population  61,747 (Jun 2016)
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Region  Chūbu (Kōshin'etsu) (Hokuriku)
Time zone  Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Address  1-1, Sannochō, Murakami-shi, Niigata-ken 958-8501
Weather  2°C, Wind NW at 21 km/h, 82% Humidity
University  Niigata Rehabilitation University

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Murakami (村上市, Murakami-shi) is a city located in far northern Niigata Prefecture, in the Hokuriku region of Japan. As of 1 June 2016, the city had an estimated population of 61,747 and a population density of 52.6 persons per km². Its total area was 1,174.26 square kilometres (453.38 sq mi).


Map of Murakami, Niigata Prefecture, Japan

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Niigata is located on the Sea of Japan coast of far northern Niigata Prefecture, bordered by Yamagata Prefecture to the north and east.

Surrounding municipalities

  • Niigata Prefecture
  • Tainai
  • Sekikawa
  • Yamagata Prefecture
  • Tsuruoka
  • Nishikawa
  • Oguni
  • History

    The area of present-day Murakai was part of ancient Echigo Province. Murakami developed as a port and a castle town for the Murakami Domain under the Tokugawa shogunate in the Edo period. Even today, the downtown area shows the influence of its past existence as a residence of samurai and merchants. Following the Meiji restoration, the area became part of Iwafune District, Niigata, and the town of Murakami was established with the establishment of the municipalities system on April 1, 1889. Murakami was raised to city status on March 31, 1954. OnApril 1, 2008, the towns of Arakawa and Sanpoku and the villages of Asahi and Kamihayashi (all from Iwafune District) were merged into Murakami.


    Murakami has 21 public elementary schools and seven public middle schools operated by the city. There is one public middle school and three public high schools operated by the Niigata Prefectural Board of Education. These is also one special education school.


  • JR East – Uetsu Main Line
  • Sakamachi - Hirabayashi - Iwafunemachi - Murakami - Majima - Echigo-Hayakawa - Kuwagawa - Imagawa - Echigo-Kangawa - Gatsugi - Fuya
  • JR East – Yonesaka Line
  • Sakamachi
  • Highway

  • Nihonkai-Tōhoku Expressway – Kamihayashi-Iwafune IC, Murakami-Senami Onsen IC, Murakami-Yamaberi IC, Asahi-Miomote IC, Asahi-Mahoroba IC
  • Japan National Route 7
  • Japan National Route 113
  • Japan National Route 290
  • Japan National Route 345
  • Sister city relations

  • - Sabae in Fukui Prefecture, Japan.
  • Local attractions

    Famous products of Murakami are tea (Murakami is the northernmost tea-growing spot in Japan), salmon, and Murakami beef. The city is also a tourist spot because of famous Senami Onsen and as a jumping off point to Awashima Island.


    Murakami Taisai, a traditional regional festival, has been held in the downtown area on July 6 and 7, every year, since 1868.


    Murakami, Niigata Wikipedia