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Minamiuonuma
南魚沼市
Location of Minamiuonuma in Niigata
Area
 - Total 584.82 km2 (225.8 sq mi)
Population
(August 31, 2006)
62,733
 - Density 107.27/km2 (277.8/sq mi)
City Symbols
 - Tree Kobushi magnolia
 - Flower Katakuri lily
Website City of Minamiuonuma
Address

180-1 Muika-machi, Minamiuonuma-shi, Niigata-ken
949-6696

Minamiuonuma (南魚沼市 Minamiuonuma-shi ?) is a city located in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. It has an area of 584.82 km² and a population of 62,733 (as of August 31, 2006).

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History

Geography

Paddy fields in Minamiuonuma city

Minamiuonuma city 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 city 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 8 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 rice-growing region in Japan.

Transportation

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Shinkansen

The Joetsu Shinkansen has a stop at Urasa station in Minamiuonuma. From here, the shinkansen takes 40 minutes to reach Niigata city, the prefectural capital (100km away), and 90 minutes to reach Tokyo, 230km away.

Educational Institutions

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

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