Shibata is a city located in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. The city was founded on January 1, 1947. As of October 1, 2012, the city has an estimated population of 102,343, with 35,061 households and a population density of 192.08 persons per km². The total area is 532.82 km². The ruins of Shibata castle are the main visitor attraction and provide the backdrop to the spring cherry blossom viewing parties. Also of note is the Shimizuen garden and Ijimino park.