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Greetings from the Mayor

Welcome to the City of Niigata’s Home Page.

Niigata City has long prospered as a port town at the mouths of the two great rivers that run through the Echigo Plains—the Shinano River and the Agano River. It has bustled as the country’s largest port along the Sea of Japan and as a port of call for the Kitamaebune trade ships during the Edo Period. The many people and goods that have come in and out of Port Town Niigata allowed various cultures to blossom and color the city.

Niigata City, the only government ordinance-designated city on the Sea of Japan side of Honshu, is blessed with abundant nature, fertile lands, and the waters of the Sea of Japan, the Shinano River and the Agano River. We proudly have the most rice-producing land area, plentiful output in agriculture and fisheries, and all-around delicious food. We strive to utilize that food and agriculture to revitalize the region and develop our industries.

Additionally, it is easy to get to Niigata City: Tokyo is only two hours away by bullet train. Thanks to the Joetsu Shinkansen bullet train, highways, an international airport, and international harbors, Niigata City is a hub for transportation and goods distribution.

Niigata hosted the APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) Ministerial Meeting on Food Security in 2010 and the G7 Agricultural Ministers’ Meeting in 2016. These events have not only helped to draw international attention to Niigata’s food and farming culture but have enhanced Niigata’s status as a city for international conventions.

I hope that this website will both provide visitors to Niigata with useful information and give people who are unfamiliar with Niigata an opportunity to take an interest in the city.

Akira Shinoda
Mayor of Niigata

What is a Government Ordinance-Designated City?

Big cities are places where people and industry gather and various high-level administrative government services are needed. If these cities had the same administrative and financial systems in place as average cities, their needs would not be sufficiently met. To solve this problem, the Government Ordinance-Designated City system was created as a way to improve the speed and efficiency of government services and improve citizens' welfare by giving select cities authority and fiscal resources to independently run financial and administrative operations.

As of 2012, the 20 designated cities are: Sapporo, Sendai, Saitama, Chiba, Yokohama, Kawasaki, Sagamihara, Niigata, Shizuoka, Hamamatsu, Nagoya, Kyoto, Osaka, Sakai, Kobe, Okayama, Hiroshima, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka, and Kumamoto.

Niigata City is the largest city on the Sea of Japan coast of Honshu, and is a designated city with personality thanks to a blend of high-level functionality as a city and abundant nature.

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