Ojiya, Niigata

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Ojiya City Hall
Ojiya City Hall
Flag of Ojiya
Official seal of Ojiya
Location of Ojiya in Niigata
Location of Ojiya in Niigata
Ojiya is located in Japan
Coordinates: 37°18′51.7″N 138°47′42.3″E / 37.314361°N 138.795083°E / 37.314361; 138.795083Coordinates: 37°18′51.7″N 138°47′42.3″E / 37.314361°N 138.795083°E / 37.314361; 138.795083
Country Japan
Region Chūbu (Kōshin'etsu) (Hokuriku)
Prefecture NIigata
 • Total 155.19 km2 (59.92 sq mi)
Population (June 2016)
 • Total 36,182
 • Density 233/km2 (600/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
• Flower Narcissus
• Fish Japanese carp
Phone number 0250-62-2510
Address 2-7-5 Jonai, Ojiya-shi, Niigata-ken 947-8501
Website http://www.city.ojiya.niigata.jp/

Ojiya (小千谷市, Ojiya-shi) is a city located in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 June 2016, the city had an estimated population of 36,182, and a population density of 233 persons per km². Its total area is 155.19 square kilometres (59.92 sq mi).


Ojiya is located in an inland region of central Niigata Prefecture. The Shinano River flows through the city. The area has very heavy snow in winter.

Surrounding municipalities


Cracked roadway caused by 2004 Chūetsu earthquake

The area of present-day Ojiya was part of ancient Echigo Province. The modern town of Ojiya was established on April 1, 1889 with the establishment of the municipalities system, within Kitauonuma District. It was raised to city status on March 10, 1954. On October 23, 2004, the Chūetsu earthquake struck Ojiya, causing shaking measured at Intensity 6+ on the Japan Meteorological Agency seismic intensity scale and causing fatalities. Electricity was cut off for three days after the earthquake.


Ojiya has eight public elementary schools and five public middle schools. There are two public high school, and also one special education school.




Local attractions

  • Ojiya Balloon Festival
  • Katakai Fireworks Festival

Notable people from Ojiya

Ojiya city panorama

External links

  • Official Website (in Japanese)
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