The Murakami-shi region of Niigata prefecture encompasses several other smaller cities outside of Murakami proper, including Arakawa, Sampoku (about 45 minutes north of the city), Asahi, and Sekikawa (about 25 minutes south). The entire region has a population of roughly 70,000 and is famous for it's beef, salmon, and tea.
While fall and spring temperatures are moderate and cool, winter temperatures usually hover around freezing during the day. Snow storms are common in winter. Summer temperatures are very warm with a high level of humidity.
Murakami City is home to the popular Senami Onsen and Beach and can see quite a bit of tourism on the weekends in the summer. There are many great areas for snorkling, with many great rock formations just of the shore.
Murakami City is close to a few ski resorts as well. While the quality of the snow and the amount of resorts isn't comparable to Joestu in southern Niigata, three or four remain a quick drive away from the city.
Murakami Taisai, a traditional regional festival held downtown area on July 6 and 7, every year.
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