Mitsuke, Niigata

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Mitsuke City Hall
Mitsuke City Hall
Flag of Mitsuke
Official logo of Mitsuke
Location of Mitsuke in Niigata Prefecture
Location of Mitsuke in Niigata Prefecture
Mitsuke is located in Japan
Coordinates: 37°31′53.7″N 138°54′45.9″E / 37.531583°N 138.912750°E / 37.531583; 138.912750Coordinates: 37°31′53.7″N 138°54′45.9″E / 37.531583°N 138.912750°E / 37.531583; 138.912750
RegionChūbu (Kōshin'etsu) (Hokuriku)
 • MayorTokio Kusumi
 • Total77.91 km2 (30.08 sq mi)
 (October 1, 2018)
 • Total40,644
 • Density520/km2 (1,400/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
- TreePrunus mume
Phone number0258-62-1700
Address2-1-1 Showa-cho, Mitsuke-shi, Niigata-ken 954-8686
WebsiteOfficial website
Mitsuke from Kannonyama
Mitsuke English Gardens

Mitsuke (見附市, Mitsuke-shi) is a city located in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 October 2018, the city had an estimated population of 40,644 in 14,917 households [1], and a population density of 519 persons per km². The total area of the city is 77.01 square kilometres (29.73 sq mi), making it the smallest city in Niigata Prefecture in terms of area.


Mitsuke is located in an inland region near the geographical centre of Niigata Prefecture, it has a monument called the "Navel of Niigata" (新潟のへそ, Niigata no heso). The highest elevation is 300 meters above sea level, and the lowest is 10 meters above sea level. Over 50% of the city area is farmland.

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Mitsuke has a Humid climate (Köppen Cfa) characterized by warm, wet summers and cold winters with heavy snowfall. The average annual temperature in Mitsuke is 12.7 °C. The average annual rainfall is 2176 mm with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 26.1 °C, and lowest in January, at around 0.6 °C.[2]


Per Japanese census data,[3] the population of Mitsuke has remained steady over the past 40 years.

Census Year Population
1970 41,059
1980 41,833
1990 43,116
2000 43,526
2010 41,862


The area of present-day Mitsuke was part of ancient Echigo Province. During the Edo period the area was divided between Nagaoka Domain, Muramatsu Domain and Shibata Domain under the Tokugawa shogunate. After the start of the Meiji period, the area was organised as part of Minamikanbara District, Niigata. The town of Mitsuke was established on April 1, 1887 with the creation of the modern municipalities system. It was raised to city status on March 31, 1954.


Mitsuke has a mayor-council form of government with a directly elected mayor and a unicameral city legislature of 17 members.


Mitsuke was traditionally known for its silk weaving industry. The city is now known for the production of knitted and synthetic fabrics. The main agricultural products are rice and tobacco. The Mitsuke Oil Fields were once one of the most productive petroleum deposits in Japan.


Mitsuke has eight public elementary schools and four public middle schools operated by the city government. There are two public high schools operated by the Niigata Prefectural Board of Education.The prefecture, also operates one special education school.



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