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City Profile

Last Update:2008/4/1

City Information

Located in the heart of Niigata Prefecture, Sanjo City is roughly a two hour bullet train ride from Tokyo. Blessed with four seasons and beautiful water and air, it is an ideal location to grow rice. Sanjo is also famous for it's metal industry and has a long tradition dating back to the Edo period. Recently amalgamated with Sakae Town and Shitada Village, you can enjoy both a modern city and also the beautiful mountains of the Shitada region. We welcome you to Sanjo and hope that you too will want Sanjo to be your home.

37°38'13"N 138°57'47"E 432.01km²
The location is derived from the location of the Sanjo City Office

Population (As of Jan 1, 2008) 106,266
Males 51,736
Females 54,530
Number of households 33,677


By Shinkansen
(Bullet train)
Take the Joetsu Shinkansen and get off at Tsubame Sanjo Station.
By Train *Take the JR Shinetsu line and get off at Higashi Sanjo Station.
*Take the JR Yahiko Line and get off at Sanjo or Kita-Sanjo station.
By Car
From Niigata and Tokyo: Take the Kanetsu Expressway and exit the Sanjo-Tsubame Interchange. 30 minutes from Niigata City and 3.5 hours from Tokyo.
Sanjo can also be accessed from Niigata or Nagaoka city by using route 8.
Sanjo can also be accessed by Route 289, and 403.
5.5hours from Nagoya
7 hours from Osaka
3.5hours from Sendai
By Air Sanjo is a 30 minute expressway ride South of Niigata Airport
1.2 hours from Sapporo
1.1 hours from Osaka
1.4 hours from Fukuoka


Please refer to the Sanjo Tourism Guide - Events page.

Contact us

International Affairs Section Regional Management Division Sanjo City Office
Address: 3-1 Asahicho2, Sanjo-shi, Niigata 955-8686
Tel: +81 (0256) 34-5511 (ext.403)
Fax:  +81 (0256) 36-5111

Sanjo City Office/955-8686 3-1 Asahicho2, Sanjo-shi, Niigata
Tel:+81 256-34-5511 (ext.314) Fax:+81 256-34-7933

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