Minamiuonuma

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Minamiuonuma
南魚沼市
City
Minamiuonuma City Hall
Minamiuonuma City Hall
Flag of Minamiuonuma
Flag
Official seal of Minamiuonuma
Seal
Location of Minamiuonuma in Niigata
Location of Minamiuonuma in Niigata
Minamiuonuma is located in Japan
Minamiuonuma
Minamiuonuma
 
Coordinates: 37°3′55.9″N 138°52′33.9″E / 37.065528°N 138.876083°E / 37.065528; 138.876083Coordinates: 37°3′55.9″N 138°52′33.9″E / 37.065528°N 138.876083°E / 37.065528; 138.876083
Country Japan
Region Chūbu (Kōshin'etsu) (Hokuriku)
Prefecture NIigata
Area
 • Total 584.55 km2 (225.70 sq mi)
Population (June 2016)
 • Total 58,051
 • Density 99.3/km2 (257/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Symbols  
• Tree Kobushi magnolia
• Flower Erythronium japonicum
Phone number 0250-62-2510
Address 180-1 Muika-machi, Minamiuonuma-shi, Niigata-ken 949-6696
Website www.city.minamiuonuma.niigata.jp

Minamiuonuma (南魚沼市 Minamiuonuma-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 42,993 and a population density of 223 persons per km². Its total area was 192.74 square kilometres (74.42 sq mi).

Geography[edit]

Paddy fields in Minamiuonuma

Minamiuonuma is situated in a valley in a mountainous region of Niigata Prefecture known as “Snow Country” because of the heavy snowfall in winter. The city is bounded by Uonuma and the Echigo-Sanzan mountains in the north, and Yuzawa, a popular ski resort town, in the south. The Uono River flows through most of the city. The city and its surrounding areas are dotted with many onsen (Japanese hot springs) and ski resorts, making it a popular destination in winter. There are also a large number of paddy fields, and popular seasonal fruit like watermelon, as this is a major Koshihikari rice-growing region in Japan. Parts of the city are within the borders of the Jōshin'etsu-kōgen National Park.

Surrounding municipalities[edit]

History[edit]

The area of present-day Minamiuonuma was part of ancient Echigo Province. The modern city of Minamiuonuma was established on November 1, 2004, from the merger of the towns Muikamachi and Yamato (both from Minamiuonuma District). On October 1, 2005, the town of Shiozawa (from Minamiuonuma District) was also merged into Minamiuonuma.

Economy[edit]

The economy of Minamiuonuma is based primarily on agriculture and seasonal tourism.

Education[edit]

Minamiuonuma has 19 public elementary schools and six public middle schools. There are four public high schools, and also one special education school. The International University of Japan is also based at Minamiuonuma.

Transportation[edit]

Railway[edit]

Highway[edit]

Sister city relations[edit]

An aerial panorama of Urasa in Minami-Uonuma city with the Echigo-Sanzan mountains in the background

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c 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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