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About Murakami City, Niigata Prefecture

This video, “Enjoy Rice Wine and Salmon Cuisine in Murakami!” (村上で堪能!日本酒と鮭料理(Enjoy rice wine and salmon cuisine in Murakami!)), is an introductory video of the local specialties, sake and salmon, in Murakami City, located in Niigata prefecture in Japan's Koshinetsu region.
The video is produced by “City Murakami Channel, Murakami City, Niigata prefecture.”

Murakami City in Niigata prefecture is a place where Murakami Castle and Samurai residences developed long ago, and there still remains the elegant castle town scenery.
Take a sightseeing trip to Murakami City and enjoy watching the spectacular scenery of the Murakami Castle ruins, tasting local cuisine, or relaxing at some secret hot springs.

In the video, 3 girls from the local idol group “Negicco,” active in the Niigata area, introduce the local cuisine in cute Kimonos.
Sit back, relax, and enjoy the video introducing the charms of Murakami City, Niigata. There's plenty of delicious food to be seen!

Murakami City, Niigata- Sake and Salmon

The Niigata area is surrounded by the sea and mountains, and is known as the most flourishing rice crop area in Japan.
High quality rice made in Murakami City makes for the highest quality sake you can find. And it just so happens that the sake here is popular as the local specialty.
Murakami City is also known as “the city of salmon,” and you can enjoy many kinds of salmon dishes, being that it is the other local specialty of Murakami City.

You might be surprised hearing that there are more than 100 varieties of salmon dishes in Murakami City.
However, In Murakami City, people enjoy all parts of the fish without wasting anything. From the bones to the skin, everything gets eaten.

When going sightseeing in Murakami City, stop by some local restaurants and try delicious gourmet dishes like Ochazuke (boiled rice in tea) and Shiobiki Salmon (salty salmon). There's also the superb salmon roe.

These salmon dishes are introduced at 1:14 in the video.
Just looking at the myriad of salmon dishes is enough to get your mouth watering.

Enjoy the Exquisite Cuisine of Murakami City

When purchasing local sake made by Murakami City’s sake breweries as well as Murakami City’s specialty salmon, we recommend purchasing them at the road side station Sasagawanagare Yuuhi Kaikan.
The salmon museum Iyoboya Center is also a popular sightseeing spot.
If you want to purchase some traditional Japanese crafts, stop by Machiya’s Gallery Yamakichi, a gallery shop renovated from a historical building.

You can also find Murakami City's first-class sake online.
Murakami City’s sake can be seen at 0:55.
It is explained that "thanks to fresh, clear water and the careful manual labor of brewers, high quality rice turns into sake that is easy to drink without any off-flavor.

Summary of Murakami City's Local Cuisine

In Murakami City, Niigata, you can enjoy top notch sake and salmon cuisine.
Through the video, you can feel the luxurious taste of sake and salmon.
It's something you've got to try at least once in your life!

We hope you enjoy your trip to Murakami CIty!

【Official Website】Murakami City, Niigata Prefecture City Hall Website

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Last Updated : Jul. 19, 2021
坂崎 なお(Nao Sakazaki)
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The Delicious Salmon Cuisine of Murakami City, Niigata Prefecture! More Than 100 Varieties of Dishes and Exquisite Sake Made From Local Rice! The Local Idol Group “Negicco” Brings You the Local Cuisine of Murakami City!
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