Ojiya, Niigata

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Location of Ojiya in Niigata Prefecture
Location of Ojiya in Niigata Prefecture
Ojiya is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 37°19′N 138°48′E / 37.317°N 138.800°E / 37.317; 138.800Coordinates: 37°19′N 138°48′E / 37.317°N 138.800°E / 37.317; 138.800
Country Japan
Region Chūbu (Kōshin'etsu) (Hokuriku)
Prefecture Niigata Prefecture
 • Mayor Yatsuo Yasui
 • Total 155.2 km2 (59.9 sq mi)
Population (March 1, 2010)
 • Total 38,802
 • Density 250/km2 (600/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Flower Narcissus
Address 2-7-5 Jonai, Ojiya-shi, Niigata-ken
Phone number 0258-83-3511
Website www.city.ojiya.niigata.jp
Cracked roadway caused by 2004 Chūetsu earthquake

Ojiya (小千谷市 Ojiya-shi?) is a city in Niigata Prefecture, Japan.

As of July 16, 2003, the city has an estimated population of 40,342 and a population density of 260.07 persons per km². The total area is 155.12 km².

Adjoining communities[edit]

The following municipalities surrounding Ojiya:


  • Katakai fireworks festival, held in early September
  • Ojiya Festival: Held in August

Festivals have played a significant role in forming and celebrating the culture of Ojiya. The festival brings together skills handed down through the generations and celebrates the joy of everyday living. You can feel the collective energy of the community while seeing the impressive parade floats, hearing the traditional music, watching fireworks, and eating festival foods. The Karakuri Mando (Lantern) Festival and the Minyo Nagashi (Festival Folk Dance) preserve the simplicity and spontaneity of the culture's origins.

  • Bullfights

This is a competition where bulls weighing nearly a ton collide in a test of strength. This event is a tradition so old that it was described in Bakin Takizawa's Nansou Satomi Hakkenden. It stems from a Shinto ritual and in former times, women and bereaved persons were not allowed to enter the bull fighting arena. The bull fights are unique in Honshu and have been designated as an important intangible national cultural asset. (Held seven times yearly from May to November)

  • Hot Air Balloon Festival: Held at the end of February


  • The city was founded on March 10, 1954.
  • On October 23, 2004, the Chūetsu Earthquake struck Ojiya, causing shaking measured at Intensity 6+ on the Japan Meteorological Agency seismic intensity scale and causing fatalities. Electricity was cut off for three days after the earthquake.
  • Yatsuo Yasui became the new mayor of Ojiya on November 29, 2006.

Notable people from Ojiya[edit]

Ojiya city

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