Minami-Uonuma, Niigata

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Minami-Uonuma
南魚沼市
City
Flag of Minami-Uonuma
Flag
Location of Minami-Uonuma in Niigata Prefecture
Location of Minami-Uonuma in Niigata Prefecture
Minami-Uonuma is located in Japan
Minami-Uonuma
Minami-Uonuma
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 37°4′N 138°53′E / 37.067°N 138.883°E / 37.067; 138.883Coordinates: 37°4′N 138°53′E / 37.067°N 138.883°E / 37.067; 138.883
Country Japan
Region Chūbu (Kōshin'etsu) (Hokuriku)
Prefecture Niigata Prefecture
Area
 • Total 584.82 km2 (225.80 sq mi)
Population (August 31, 2006)
 • Total 62,733
 • Density 107.27/km2 (277.8/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Symbols
- Tree Kobushi magnolia
- Flower Katakuri lily
Address 180-1 Muika-machi, Minami-Uonuma-shi, Niigata-ken
949-6696
Website City of Minamiuonuma

Minami-Uonuma (南魚沼市 Minami-Uonuma-shi?) is a city located in Niigata Prefecture, Japan.

As of August 31, 2006, the city has an estimated population of 62,733 and a population density of 107.27 persons per km². The total area is 584.82 km².

History[edit]

Geography[edit]

Paddy fields in Minami-Uonuma

Minami-Uonuma City is situated in a valley in a mountainous region of Niigata Prefecture known as “Snow Country” because of the heavy snowfall in winter. The city is bounded by Uonuma and the Echigo-Sanzan mountains in the north, and Yuzawa, a popular ski resort town, in the south. The Uono river flows through most of the city. The city and its surrounding areas are dotted with many onsen (Japanese hot springs) and 8 ski resorts, making it a popular destination in winter. There are also a large number of paddy fields, and popular seasonal fruit like watermelon, as this is a major rice-growing region in Japan.

Transportation[edit]

Shinkansen[edit]

The Joetsu Shinkansen has a stop at Urasa Station in Minami-Uonuma. From here, the shinkansen takes 40 minutes to reach Niigata city, the prefectural capital (100 km away), and 90 minutes to reach Tokyo, 230 km away.

Educational institutions[edit]

An aerial panorama of Urasa in Minami-Uonuma city with the Echigo-Sanzan mountains in the background

External links[edit]

Media related to Minami-Uonuma, Niigata at Wikimedia Commons