Tsubame, Niigata


Tsubame (燕市, Tsubame-shi) is a city located in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 July 2019, the city had an estimated population of 77,382 in 29,406 households,[1] and a population density of 697 persons per km². The total area of the city was 110.96 square kilometres (42.84 sq mi).

Shutendoji Shrine
Shutendoji Shrine
Flag of Tsubame
Official seal of Tsubame
Location of Tsubame in Niigata Prefecture
Location of Tsubame in Niigata Prefecture
Tsubame is located in Japan
Coordinates: 37°40′23.1″N 138°52′56″E / 37.673083°N 138.88222°E / 37.673083; 138.88222Coordinates: 37°40′23.1″N 138°52′56″E / 37.673083°N 138.88222°E / 37.673083; 138.88222
RegionChūbu (Kōshin'etsu) (Hokuriku)
 • MayorTsutomu Suzuki (since April 2010)
 • Total110.96 km2 (42.84 sq mi)
 (July 1, 2019)
 • Total77,382
 • Density700/km2 (1,800/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
• TreeSakura
• FlowerSalvia, Chrysanthemum, Verbena
Phone number0256-92-1111
Address1-1 Yoshida-Hinode-cho, Tsubame-shi, Niigata-ken 959-0295
WebsiteOfficial website


Aerial photograph of Tsubame City

Tsubame is located in the coastal plains of central Niigata Prefecture, but does not have a coastline on the Sea of Japan. The Shinano River flows through the city.

Surrounding municipalitiesEdit


Tsubame has a Humid climate (Köppen Cfa) characterized by warm, wet summers and cold winters with heavy snowfall. The average annual temperature in Tsubame is 12.9 °C. The average annual rainfall is 2093 mm with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 26.12 °C, and lowest in January, at around 1.2 °C.[2]


Per Japanese census data,[3] the population of Tsubame has remained relatively unchanged over the past 40 years.

Census Year Population
1970 78,444
1980 82,984
1990 83,377
2000 84,297
2010 81,876


The area of present-day Tsubame was part of ancient Echigo Province and has been settled since prehistoric times. Under the Edo period Tokugawa shogunate, the town of Tsubame was part of the holdings of Murakami Domain and developed as a river port on the Shinano River. During the early Meiji period, the area was organised into Nishikanbara District, Niigata. The town of Tsubame was established on April 1, 1889 with the creation of the modern municipalities system. It was raised to city status on March 31, 1954 by merging with the neighbouring villages of Koike, Konakagawa and Matsunaga. On March 20, 2006 Tsubame absorbed the towns of Bunsui and Yoshida (both fromishikanbara District).


Tsubame City Hall

Tsubame has a mayor-council form of government with a directly elected mayor and a unicameral city legislature of 24 members.


Tsubame was traditionally known for its copper ware and the production of kiseru (Japanese smoking pipes). In modern times, Tsubame is noted for its production of tableware and cutlery.


Tsubame has 15 public elementary schools and five public middle schools operated by the city government. There are three public high schools operated by the Niigata Prefectural Board of Education, and the prefecture also operates one special education school.



  JR East - Yahiko Line

  JR East - Echigo Line

Note: Although the nearest stop on the Jōetsu Shinkansen is called Tsubame-Sanjō Station, the station is physically located in the city of Sanjō and not in Tsubame.


Local attractionsEdit

Kokujo Temple
  • Mount Kugami / Kokujo Temple

Sister citiesEdit

Notable People from TsubameEdit


  1. ^ Tsubame city official statistics(in Japanese)
  2. ^ Tsubame climate data
  3. ^ Tsubame population statistics

External linksEdit

  •   Media related to Tsubame, Niigata at Wikimedia Commons
  • Official Website (in Japanese)