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Location of Shibata in Niigata Prefecture
|Region||Chūbu (Kōshin'etsu) (Hokuriku)|
|• Mayor||Kaoru Nikaido (since December 2010)|
|• Total||532.82 km2 (205.72 sq mi)|
|Population (October 1, 2012)|
|• Density||192.08/km2 (497.5/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|Address||4-10-4, Chūōchō, Shibata-shi, Niigata-ken
The ruins of Shibata castle are the main visitor attraction and provide the backdrop to the spring cherry blossom viewing parties. Also of note is the Shimizuen garden and Ijimino park.
- On July 7, 2003 - the town of Toyoura (from Kitakanbara District) was merged into Shibata.
- On May 1, 2005 - the town of Shiunji, and the village of Kajikawa (both from Kitakanbara District) were merged into Shibata.
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