Uonuma, Niigata

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Uonuma
魚沼市
City
Flag of Uonuma
Flag
Location of Uonuma in Niigata Prefecture
Location of Uonuma in Niigata Prefecture
Uonuma is located in Japan
Uonuma
Uonuma
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 37°14′N 138°58′E / 37.233°N 138.967°E / 37.233; 138.967Coordinates: 37°14′N 138°58′E / 37.233°N 138.967°E / 37.233; 138.967
Country Japan
Region Chūbu (Kōshin'etsu) (Hokuriku)
Prefecture Niigata Prefecture
Area
 • Total 946.93 km2 (365.61 sq mi)
Population (January 1, 2009)
 • Total 41,894
 • Density 44/km2 (110/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Website City of Uonuma
Uonuma is the most famous region for Koshihikari rice. In this example, the Uonuma rice (right, 1840 Yen for 2kg) commands a 60% premium over koshihikari rice from a different region (left, Hakui, 1140 Yen for 2kg).

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

As of January 1, 2009, the city has an estimated population of 41,894 and a population density of 44 persons per km². The total area is 946.93 km².

It is famous for its rice – the koshihikari rice grown in Uonuma is the most sought-after and most expensive rice in Japan. This fame is due to the ideal growing conditions in the area.

The modern city of Uonuma was established on November 1, 2004, from the merger of the towns of Horinouchi and Koide, and the villages of Hirokami, Irihirose, Sumon and Yunotani (all from Kitauonuma District).

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