Nishikan-ku, Niigata

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Nishikan
西蒲区
Ward
Nishikan Ward
Haza Tree in Nishikan-ku
Haza Tree in Nishikan-ku
Location of Nishikan-ku in Niigata City
Location of Nishikan-ku in Niigata City
Nishikan is located in Japan
Nishikan
Nishikan
 
Coordinates: 37°45′37.8″N 138°53′21.6″E / 37.760500°N 138.889333°E / 37.760500; 138.889333
Country Japan
Region Kōshin'etsu, Hokuriku (Chūbu)
Prefecture Niigata
City Niigata
Area
 • Total 176.55 km2 (68.17 sq mi)
Population (June 1, 2016)
 • Total 57,759
 • Density 327/km2 (850/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Address 2690-1 Maki-kō, Nishikan-ku, Niigata-shi, Niigata 953-8666
Phone number 0256-73-1000
Website www.city.niigata.lg.jp/nishikan/
Nishikan Ward Office

Nishikan-ku (西蒲区 Nishikan-ku?) is one of the eight wards of Niigata City, Niigata Prefecture, in the Hokuriku region of Japan. As of 1 June 2016, the ward had an estimated population of 57,759 and a population density of 327 persons per km². Its total area was 176.55 square kilometres (68.17 sq mi).

Geography[edit]

Nishikan-ku is located in southwestern Niigata City, bordered by the Sea of Japan to the west. Mount Yahiko is on the border of Nishikan-ku with the neighbouring city of Nagaoka.

Surrounding municipalities[edit]

History[edit]

The area of present-day Nishikan-ku was part of ancient Echigo Province. The town of Sone and the village of Iwamuro were established on April 1, 1889 within Nakakanbara District, Niigata with the establishment of the municipalities system. The town of Maki was created on April 10, 1891 by the merger of 14 hamlets, and expanded on January 1, 1955 by annexing five neighbouring villages. The town of Nishikawa was founded on January 1, 1955 by the merger of Sone with the village of Masugata. The city of Niigata annexed the towns of Maki and Masugata and the villages of Iwamuro, Katahigashi and Nakanokuchi on March 21, 2005. Niigata became a government-designated city on April 1, 2007 and was divided into wards, with the new Nishikan Ward consisting of these areas.

Education[edit]

Nishikan-ku has 13 public elementary schools and six public middle schools. The ward has three public high schools operated by the Niigata Prefectural Board of Education. There are also two special education schools.

Transportation[edit]

Railway[edit]

Highways[edit]

Points of interest[edit]

View from Mount Kakuda (center: Uwasekigata Lagoon Park)

External links[edit]

Media related to Nishikan-ku, Niigata at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 37°45′38″N 138°53′21″E / 37.76056°N 138.88917°E / 37.76056; 138.88917