Murakami, Niigata

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Murakami
村上市
City
Flag of Murakami
Flag
Location of Murakami in Niigata Prefecture
Location of Murakami in Niigata Prefecture
Murakami is located in Japan
Murakami
Murakami
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 38°13′N 139°29′E / 38.217°N 139.483°E / 38.217; 139.483Coordinates: 38°13′N 139°29′E / 38.217°N 139.483°E / 38.217; 139.483
Country Japan
Region Chūbu (Kōshin'etsu) (Hokuriku)
Prefecture Niigata Prefecture
Government
 • Mayor Hiramasa Ōtaki
Area
 • Total 1,174.24 km2 (453.38 sq mi)
Population (April 1, 2011)
 • Total 67,442
 • Density 57.43/km2 (148.7/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Symbols
- Tree Fagus crenata
- Flower Rosa rugosa
- Bird Spizaetus nipalensis
Address 1-1, Sannochō, Murakami-shi, Niigata-ken
958-8501
Phone number 0254-53-2111
Website Murakami City

Murakami (村上市 Murakami-shi?) is a city located in northern Niigata Prefecture, Japan. It was founded on March 31, 1954.

On April 1, 2008, the towns of Arakawa and Sanpoku and the villages of Asahi and Kamihayashi (all from Iwafune District) were merged into Murakami.

As of 2005, before the merger, the former city had an estimated population of 30,649 and a population density of 218.89 persons per km². The total area was 142.12 km².

After the merger, as of April 1, 2011, the new city had an estimated population of 67,442 and a population density of 57.43 persons per km². The total area is 1,174.24 km².

Murakami City, seen from the castle ruins on Oshiroyama

Murakami once thrived as a castle town under the Murakami clan. Even today, the downtown area shows the influence of its past existence as a residence of samurai and merchants.

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 is connected to Niigata City in the south and Yamagata Prefecture in the north via the Uetsu Main Line (JR East) and National Route 7. Awashima is accessible by ferry from Iwafune Port.

Murakami's sister city is Sabae in Fukui Prefecture.

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Murakami, Niigata (1981-2010)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 4.5
(40.1)
5.0
(41)
8.8
(47.8)
15.7
(60.3)
21.0
(69.8)
24.7
(76.5)
28.0
(82.4)
30.4
(86.7)
25.9
(78.6)
19.7
(67.5)
13.4
(56.1)
7.8
(46)
17.08
(62.73)
Daily mean °C (°F) 1.4
(34.5)
1.5
(34.7)
4.3
(39.7)
10.1
(50.2)
15.4
(59.7)
19.8
(67.6)
23.5
(74.3)
25.3
(77.5)
20.8
(69.4)
14.5
(58.1)
8.8
(47.8)
4.2
(39.6)
12.47
(54.43)
Average low °C (°F) −1.3
(29.7)
−1.6
(29.1)
0.1
(32.2)
4.6
(40.3)
10.2
(50.4)
15.4
(59.7)
19.7
(67.5)
21.0
(69.8)
16.6
(61.9)
10.1
(50.2)
4.7
(40.5)
1.0
(33.8)
8.37
(47.09)
Precipitation mm (inches) 207.0
(8.15)
144.3
(5.681)
128.7
(5.067)
116.8
(4.598)
128.0
(5.039)
139.3
(5.484)
211.3
(8.319)
167.7
(6.602)
182.4
(7.181)
207.8
(8.181)
250.9
(9.878)
236.7
(9.319)
2,120.9
(83.499)
Mean monthly sunshine hours 34.5 53.8 104.4 160.4 181.3 165.7 154.0 196.8 138.6 127.3 78.4 42.6 1,437.8
Source: Japan Meteorological Agency


Festival[edit]

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

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Murakami, Niigata at Wikimedia Commons