Congress Report
Photo: Nara City Sightseeing Information Center, Kofuku-ji Temple
Photo taken by Tatehiko Yano
Niigata Prefecture

Head of Prefectural Government

Mr. Hideyo Hanazumi, Governor
Assumed the governorship in June 2018 (first term)

Location

Seal


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Area

12,584.23 km2 (as of October 2018)
5th largest of 47 prefectures

Population

2,229,019 (as of April 2019)
Men: 1,080,962        Women: 1,148,057

GDP

Nominal: JPY 8.8840 trillion
Real: JPY 8.4799 trillion (both in FY2016)


Capital

Niigata City

Geographic features

Located on the Sea of Japan, slightly north of the center of the Isle of Honshu. Surrounded by mountains including the Asahi Mountain Range and the Echigo Mountain Range. Has many rivers that pour into the Sea of Japan, including the Shinano River, the longest river in Japan and the Agano River. Consists of vast fertile flatlands such as the Echigo Plains and Takada Plains. Sado Island is 45 km northwest of Niigata City.

Main industries

Food manufacturing, the chemical industry, fabricated metal products manufacturing

Symbols

Prefectural tree: Snow camellia
Prefectural flower: Tulip
Prefectural bird: Japanese crested ibis
Prefectural fish: Nishikigoi(Ornamental Carp,Koi)
Prefectural symbol:Seal_Niigata_prefecture

Number of visitors

72,477,709(2017)

Administrative divisions

Niigata Prefecture --- 20 cities, 6 towns, 4 villages

Official website

http://www.pref.niigata.lg.jp/


Sources: Niigata Prefecture Official Website “Niigata Prefecture estimated population (as of 1st May 2019)”,“The Outline of 2016 Prefectural Economic Accounts”, “2017 Statistics on Visitors by Prefecture”’; Geographical Survey Institute “2018 Statistical reports on the land area by prefectures and municipalities in Japan”

(As of June, 2019)