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View of the business district along Furumachi-dori. Next21 is the spired-building in background.

Chūō-ku (中央区 Chūō-ku ?) is a district within Niigata City, Niigata Prefecture that comprises much of the city center.

The area comprises the old city as well as the Sonoki, Nuttari, Toyano and the Yamagata districts. It is bounded by the Sea of Japan coast to the North and the Tohoku Expressway to the south.


Central Business District

Chuo-Ku is the heart of Niigata in terms of economic and political importance. The City Office is located here along with several central government and prefectural agencies. Japan's national broadcaster NHK has its prefectural TV station and radio station in Chuo-ku. There are several company head offices based in the district. It is also the site of old Niigata City which extends from Niigata Station downtown to Bandai Bridge and Furumachi.


Furumachi-dori Shopping Mall, Niigata City

Furumachi in Niigata city is located on left bank of Shinano River across Bandai Bridge. It lies on Niigata Island and faces the Sea of Japan. The area has been developed around Furumachi-dori which is a wide eight-lane thoroughfare.

Furumachi has business districts as well as several historic parts. Narrow alleyways and streets criss cross beneath the modern office buildings. The historic New Honchu market is also here.

Much of the area contains modern buildings. This is because Furumachi was rebuilt after a tidal wave devastated this part of eastern Niigata in 1964. This is a marked contrast with areas on the west side of the river which still retain traditional-looking streets containing older houses.

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Coordinates: 37°54′58″N 139°2′11″E / 37.91611°N 139.03639°E / 37.91611; 139.03639



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