Location in Japan
|• Mayor||Masao Ishigaki (since 1994)|
|• Total||793.27 km2 (306.28 sq mi)|
(March 31, 2017)
|• Density||39/km2 (100/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+09:00 (JST)|
|City hall address||Niimi 310-3, Niimi City, Okayama Prefecture (岡山県新見市新見310-3)|
Niimi (新見市, Niimi-shi) is a city located in northwestern Okayama Prefecture, Japan.
As of March 31, 2017, the city has an estimated population of 30,583 (14,628 males, 15,955 females), with 12,857 households and a population density of 39 persons per km2. The total area is 793.27 km2. Niimi is located on the upper reaches of the Takahashi River (110.7 kilometres (68.8 mi).
Niimi was known as early as the Heian period (794–1185). A shōen manorial estate called Niimi-shō' occupied much of the area of present-day Niimi. Niimi, due to its location on the Takahashi River, became an important center of inland trade. In the Sengoku period (1467–1573) the Seki clan controlled the area, and established the Niimi Domain. The modern city of Niimi was founded on June 1, 1954.
On March 31, 2005, Niimi absorbed the towns of Ōsa, Shingō, Tessei and Tetta (all from Atetsu District) to become a larger and expanded Niimi.
Niimi is known for its limestone caves. They include:
Niimi was historically known for its iron sand quarries and the production of wagyu beef. The principle industries in modern Niimi are limestone quarrying, cement production, forestry, and tourism. Yamasa Company, Ltd., a producer of pachinko slot machines, is headquartered in the city. Farms in Niimi produce tobacco, peaches, and beef. A black tea plantation is also being trialled here.
The city is served by Niimi Kōritsu Tanki Daigaku, known in English as Niimi College.
Niimi is an important railway center. The city is served by three JR West lines, and all meet at Niimi Station.
Niimi maintains the following Sister/Friendship Cities.