Aga, Niigata

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Aga
阿賀町
Town
Aga town hall
Aga town hall
Flag of Aga
Flag
Official seal of Aga
Seal
Location of Aga in Niigata
Location of Aga in Niigata
Aga is located in Japan
Aga
Aga
 
Coordinates: 37°40′32″N 139°27′31.6″E / 37.67556°N 139.458778°E / 37.67556; 139.458778Coordinates: 37°40′32″N 139°27′31.6″E / 37.67556°N 139.458778°E / 37.67556; 139.458778
Country Japan
Region Chūbu (Kōshin'etsu) (Hokuriku)
Prefecture NIigata
District Higashikanbara
Area
 • Total 952.89 km2 (367.91 sq mi)
Population (June 2016)
 • Total 11,432
 • Density 12/km2 (30/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Symbols  
• Tree Cryptomeria
• Flower Camellia
• Bird Japanese bush-warbler
Phone number 0254-92-3111
Address 580 Tsugawa, Aga-machi, Higashikanbara-gun, Niigata-ken 959-4402
Website www.town.aga.niigata.jp

Aga (阿賀町?, Aga-machi) is a town located in Higashikanbara District, Niigata Prefecture, in the Hokuriku region of Japan. As of 1 June 2016, the town had an estimated population of 11,432 and a population density of 12 persons per km². Its total area was 952.89 square kilometres (367.91 sq mi).

Geography[edit]

Aga is located in northeastern Niigata Prefecture. Covering 6.8% in area of the entire prefecture, Aga is the second largest municipality in Niigata after Jōetsu. The Agano River flows through the town.

Surrounding municipalities[edit]

History[edit]

The area of present-day Aga was part of ancient Echigo Province. The town was established on April 1, 2005 in a merger of Kamikawa, Kanose, Mikawa, and Tsugawa.

Economy[edit]

The local economy is dominated by agriculture. The Kamikawa (上川) area of Aga is particularly famous for its Koshihikari rice, which is also used to make sake in two local breweries, which are also among the main employers of the district.

The Mikawa (三川) area is also famous for mushrooms, and is host to a mushroom park where people can either pick their own mushrooms or choose from a wide variety of locally-grown produce.

Education[edit]

Aga has seven public elementary schools and three public middle school. The town has one public high school operated by the Niigata Prefectural Board of Education.

Transportation[edit]

Railway[edit]

Highway[edit]

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