Asahi, Niigata

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Asahi
朝日村
Former municipality
Location of Asahi in Niigata Prefecture
Location of Asahi in Niigata Prefecture
Country Japan
Region Hokuriku
Prefecture Niigata Prefecture
District Iwafune District
Merged April 1, 2008
(now part of Murakami)
Area
 • Total 629.32 km2 (242.98 sq mi)
Population (2008)
 • Total 11,026
Symbols
 • Tree Sugi
 • Flower Sunflower
 • Bird Green pheasant
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)

Asahi (朝日村?, Asahi-mura) was a village located in Iwafune District, Niigata Prefecture, Japan. The village was named after the Asahi Mountains.

As of 2005, the village had an estimated population of 11,836 and a density of 18.69 persons per km². The total area was 629.32 km².

On April 1, 2008, Asahi, along with the towns of Arakawa and Sanpoku, and the village of Kamihayashi (all from Iwafune District), was merged into the expanded city of Murakami.

The village was established in 1896 by merging Tatekoshi (館腰村), Miomote (三面村), Takane (高根村), Shionomachi (塩野町村), and Sarusawa (猿沢村) villages.

Asahi had a sister relationship with Kiyose, Tokyo.

Coordinates: 38°16′N 139°32′E / 38.267°N 139.533°E / 38.267; 139.533