Kashiwazaki, Niigata

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Kashiwazaki City Hall
Kashiwazaki City Hall
Flag of Kashiwazaki
Official seal of Kashiwazaki
Location of Kashiwazaki in Niigata
Location of Kashiwazaki in Niigata
Kashiwazaki is located in Japan
Coordinates: 37°22′18.9″N 138°33′32.4″E / 37.371917°N 138.559000°E / 37.371917; 138.559000Coordinates: 37°22′18.9″N 138°33′32.4″E / 37.371917°N 138.559000°E / 37.371917; 138.559000
Country Japan
Region Chūbu (Kōshin'etsu) (Hokuriku)
Prefecture NIigata
 • - Mayor Hiroshi Aida
 • Total 442.03 km2 (170.67 sq mi)
Population (June 2016)
 • Total 86,167
 • Density 195/km2 (510/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
• Tree Sakura
• Flower Lilium auratum
• Bird Swan
Phone number 0257-23-5111
Address 5-50, Chūōchō, Kashiwazaki-shi, Niigata-ken 945-8511
Website www.city.kashiwazaki.lg.jp

Kashiwazaki (柏崎市 Kashiwazaki-shi?) is a city located in north-central Niigata Prefecture, in the Hokuriku region of Japan. As of 1 June 2016, the city had an estimated population of 86,167 and a population density of 195 persons per km². Its total area was 442.03 square kilometres (170.67 sq mi).


Kashiwazai is located in a coastal region of south-central Niigata Prefecture. Part of the city is within the borders of the Sado-Yahiko-Yoneyama Quasi-National Park. The highest elevation is the summit of Mount Gozu at 912 meters.

Surrounding municipalities[edit]


The area of present-day Kashiwazaki was part of ancient Echigo Province. Under the Tokugawa shogunate of Edo period Japan, parts of what is now Kashiwazaki were under the control of Shiiya Domain, a minor fudai feudal domain ruled by a junior branch of the Hori clan.[1] The modern town of Kashiwazaki was established on April 1, 1889,within Kariwa District, Niigata with the establishment of the municipalities system. It was elevated to city status on 1 July 1940. (It was the fifth city created within Niigata Prefecture).

On November 1, 1968 Kashiwaza absorbed the village of Kurohime, followed by the town of Kitajō on May 1, 1971 (both from Kariwa District). The city annexed part of the town of Kakizaki (from Nakakubiki District) on April 1, 1989 and the towns of Nishiyama and Takayanagi (both from Kariwa District) on May 1, 2005.

2007 earthquake[edit]

On July 16, 2007, a magnitude 6.8 earthquake hit off the coast of Kashiwazaki, killing 11 people,[2] and injuring more than 700, causing massive power outages, a tsunami warning, and other disasters. The quake forced the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Plant to shut down for 10 months as of May 2008.[3][4] See also: Effects of the Chūetsu offshore earthquake on the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Plant

Economy and Industries[edit]

Kashiwazaki has traditionally been a center for commercial fishing. The city is home to the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant, the largest nuclear generating station in the world by net electrical power rating.

Bourbon, a major confectionery company in Japan, is headquartered in Kashiwazaki. [5]


Colleges and universities[edit]

Primary and secondary education[edit]

Kashiwazaki has 28 public elementary schools and 12 public middle schools. There are five public high schools, and also two special education schools.




Sister city relations[edit]

Local attractions[edit]

Kashiwazaki is host to many cultural events every year, including the Kaze no Jin festival in May, En Ma Ichi in June, DonGALA in July, and Gion, also in July.

Noted people from Kashiwazaki[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ [1] Domains of Japan (Japanese)
  2. ^ Alex K. Tang, PE and Anshel J. Schiff, ed. (2007). Kashiwazaki, Japan Earthquake of July 16, 2007. Reston, VA: ASCE, Technical Council on Lifeline Earthquake Engineering. ISBN 9780784410622. 
  3. ^ Japanese Stocks Hit By Aftershocks Of Quake - Forbes.com
  4. ^ NEI Nuclear Notes: More on the Japan Quake and the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Plant
  5. ^ http://www.bourbon.co.jp/english/company/management.html
  6. ^ Prefecture "International Exchange" Check |url= value (help). List of Affiliation Partners within Prefectures. Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR). Retrieved 1 July 2016. 

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