Location of Minami-Uonuma in Niigata Prefecture
|Region||Chūbu (Kōshin'etsu) (Hokuriku)|
|• Total||584.82 km2 (225.80 sq mi)|
|Population (August 31, 2006)|
|• Density||107.27/km2 (277.8/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|- Tree||Kobushi magnolia|
|- Flower||Katakuri lily|
|Address||180-1 Muika-machi, Minami-Uonuma-shi, Niigata-ken
|Website||City of Minamiuonuma|
- The modern city of Minami-Uonuma was established on November 1, 2004, from the merger of the towns Muikamachi and Yamato (both from Minamiuonuma District).
- On October 1, 2005, the town of Shiozawa (from Minamiuonuma District) was also merged into 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.
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.
Media related to Minami-Uonuma, Niigata at Wikimedia Commons
- Minami-Uonuma City official website (Japanese)
- Minami-Uonuma City official website (English)
- Official website of Minami-Uonuma city (Translated English)
- Local Association which plays active role in International University of Japan
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