City of Murakami

City of Murakami
The city of salmon.

Murakami City

Murakami is a city located in northern Niigata, Japan.

On April 1, 2008, the city merged with the towns of Sanpoku and Arakawa, and the villages of Asahi and Kamihayashi, all from Iwafune District.

As of 2005, before the merger, the former city had an estimated population of 30,649 and the population density of 218.89 persons per kmē. The total area was 142.12 kmē.

After the merger, as of April 1, 2011, the new city has an estimated population of 67,442 and the population density of 57.43 persons per kmē.

Murakami City, seen from the castle ruins on Oshiroyama. The city was founded on March 31, 1954.

Murakami once thrived as a castle town under the Murakami clan. Even today, the downtown area shows the influence of its past existence of a hub of samurai and merchants.

Famous products of Murakami are tea (Murakami is the northernmost tea-growing spot in Japan), salmon, and Murakami beef. The city is also a tourist spot because of famous Senami Onsen and as a jumping off point to Awashima Island.