Yamagata, Tōhoku Region, Japan

Geography | Neighboring municipalities | Demographics | History | Government | Education : University : High | Transport : Rail : Road | Local events | Local attractions

🇯🇵 Yamagata is the capital city of Yamagata Prefecture located in the Tōhoku region of Japan. As of 1 August 2023, the city had an estimated population density of 636 persons per km². The total area of the city is 381.58 square km (147 sq mi).

Geography Yamagata is in the southern portion of the Yamagata Basin in south-east Yamagata Prefecture. The northern and north-western parts of the city are flatland, and the eastern part of the city is occupied by the Ōu Mountains. The city includes Mount Zaō within its borders. The Mamigasaki River passes through the city, and the Tachiyagawa River forms the border between Yamagata and Tendō.

Neighboring municipalities Yamagata Prefecture ◦ Tendō; ◦ Kaminoyama; ◦ Higashine; ◦ Nanyō; ◦ Yamanobe; ◦ Nakayama; Miyagi Prefecture ◦ Sendai; ◦ Kawasaki

Demographics Per Japanese census data, the population of Yamagata has remained relatively steady over the past 40 years.

History The area of present-day Yamagata was part of Dewa Province. During the Edo period, it was a castle town and the centre of Yamagata Domain under the Tokugawa shogunate. The city of Yamagata was founded on April 1, 1889 as the capital of Yamagata Prefecture with the creation of the modern municipalities system. The city attained special city status on April 1, 2001. The city's status is then further elevated into a core city on April 1, 2019.

Government Yamagata has a mayor-council form of government with a directly elected mayor and a unicameral city legislature of 33 members. The city contributes nine members to the Yamagata Prefectural Assembly. In terms of national politics, the city is part of Yamagata District 1 of the lower house of the Diet of Japan.

Education • Yamagata has 36 public elementary schools and 15 public middle schools operated by the city government and ten public high schools operated by the Yamagata Prefectural Board of Education. There are also four private high schools. The prefecture also operates three special education schools for the handicapped.

Education: University • Yamagata University, including Kojirakawa Campus (Faculty of Literature & Social Science, the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Education, Art & Science) and Iida Campus (Faculty of Medicine, School of Nursing and University Hospital). • Yamagata Prefectural University of Health Sciences • Tohoku University of Art & Design • Tohoku Bunkyo College

Education: High • Yamagata East H.S. • Yamagata South H.S. • Yamagata West H.S. • Yamagata North H.S. • Yamagata Technical H.S. • Yamagata Central H.S. • Kajo-Gakuen H.S. • Yamagata Civic Commercial H.S. • Yamagata-Gakuin H.S. • Yamagata-Johoku H.S. • Tōkai University Yamagata Senior H.S. • Nihon University Yamagata Senior H.S. • Yamamoto-Gakuen H.S. • Yamagata-Meisei H.S.

Transport: Rail East Japan Railway Company - Yamagata Shinkansen • Yamagata; East Japan Railway Company - Ōu Main Line(Yamagata Line) • Zaō - Yamagata - Kita-Yamagata - Uzen-Chitose - Minami-Dewa - Urushiyama; East Japan Railway Company - Senzan Line • Omoshiroyama-Kōgen - Yamadera - Takase - Tateyama - Uzen-Chitose - Kita-Yamagata - Yamagata; East Japan Railway Company - - Aterazawa Line • Yamagata - Kita-Yamagata - Higashi-Kanai.

Transport: Road • Tōhoku-Chūō Expressway – Yamagata-chūō, Yamagata-Kaminoyama interchanges • Yamagata Expressway – Yamagata-Zaō, Yamagata-kita, Sekizawa interchanges • National Route 13 • National Route 48 • National Route 112 • National Route 286 • National Route 348 • National Route 458.

Local events • Yamagata Hanagasa Festival (花笠祭り, Hanagasa Matsuri) - one of Tōhoku's major summer festivals, is held in the city every August 5, 6 and 7. Yamagata also hosts the bi-annual Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival. An autumn tradition is Imoni-kai (taro potato party). Taro potatoes, thin-sliced meat, and vegetables are cooked in a large pot at picnic spots. The banks of the Mamigasaki River are popular. Once a year, on the first Sunday in September, the city government serves thousands of bowls from its giant iron pot, which is serviced by a building crane. In 2009, 30,000 servings were prepared and served, and still a crowd waited in line.

Local attractions • Yama-dera (Ryushaku-ji) lies within the city limits, 15 minutes by train from the center. • Kajo Park, located in the city centre of town north-west of the train station, is the extensive grounds of castle keep of feudal warlord Mogami Yoshiaki. While most of the park is athletic fields and public function buildings, the rebuilt walls, eastern main gate, and surrounding moat of the former castle are impressive. The Mogami Yoshiaki Historical Museum nearby features items from the Edo period, and information on these exhibits and the history of the castle town. It also contains a small public museum with displays of natural and social history. • Yamagata Museum of Art. • Mt. Zao, located just 40 minutes via bus from Yamagata Station is the massive mountain known as Mt. Zao. This is one of Japan's most famous places for skiing and snowboarding and also has many hiking courses to enjoy. There is also an onsen town here with many ryokan and public baths to soak in the water of Mt. Zao. • Bunshokan, the former prefectural office of Yamagata has now been remade as a museum that shows the history of Yamagata Prefecture and also is completely free for visitors to enter and look around. • Chitosekan, is one of Yamagata's oldest and most famous ryotei restaurants and was built by the same designer who made the bunshokan office in the centre of Yamagata City. • Hirashimizu is an artisans village located just 15 minutes from the centre of Yamagata City and has many pottery shops and craft shops to explore.

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Yamagata has a population of over 242,505 people. Yamagata also forms the centre of the wider Yamagata Prefecture which has a population of over 1,079,950 people.

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Yamagata is a member of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network for Film see: https://en.unesco.org/creative-cities

Twin Towns, Sister Cities Yamagata has links with:

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North of: 38.25

🇺🇸 Lexington Park 38.25

🇺🇸 Fairfield 38.252

🇹🇷 Menderes 38.254

🇺🇸 Louisville 38.254

🇪🇸 Elche 38.264

🇺🇸 Pueblo 38.265

🇯🇵 Sendai 38.268

🇺🇸 Sonoma 38.283

🇨🇳 Yulin 38.286

🇯🇵 Tagajō 38.294

East of: 140.335

🇯🇵 Kōriyama 140.35

🇯🇵 Tōgane 140.35

🇯🇵 Sukagawa 140.367

🇯🇵 Tendō 140.367

🇯🇵 Ibaraki 140.392

🇯🇵 Nihonmatsu 140.417

🇯🇵 Goshogawara 140.433

🇯🇵 Hirosaki 140.45

🇯🇵 Fukushima 140.467

🇯🇵 Daisen 140.467

West of: 140.335

🇮🇩 Merauke 140.333

🇯🇵 Narita 140.317

🇯🇵 Ishioka 140.283

🇯🇵 Sakura 140.217

🇯🇵 Tsuchiura 140.202

🇯🇵 Shirakawa 140.2

🇯🇵 Inzai 140.15

🇯🇵 Ichibachō 140.133

🇯🇵 Chūō 140.133

🇯🇵 Ushiku 140.133

Antipodal to Yamagata is: -39.665,-38.25

Locations Near: Yamagata 140.335,38.2499

🇯🇵 Tendō 140.367,38.35 d: 11.5  

🇯🇵 Yonezawa 140.105,37.911 d: 42.8  

🇯🇵 Date 140.55,37.817 d: 51.7  

🇯🇵 Fukushima 140.467,37.75 d: 56.8  

🇯🇵 Sendai 140.869,38.268 d: 46.7  

🇯🇵 Tomiya 140.874,38.383 d: 49.3  

🇯🇵 Watari 140.85,38.033 d: 51.1  

🇯🇵 Natori 140.913,38.171 d: 51.3  

🇯🇵 Tagajō 141.004,38.294 d: 58.6  

🇯🇵 Nihonmatsu 140.417,37.583 d: 74.5  

Antipodal to: Yamagata -39.665,-38.25

🇨🇱 La Reina -33.45,-33.45 d: 19241.7  

🇧🇷 Tubarão -49,-28.467 d: 18625.7  

🇧🇷 Criciúma -49.372,-28.678 d: 18622.7  

🇧🇷 Santa Catarina -48.5,-27.6 d: 18573.7  

🇧🇷 Rio Grande -52.099,-32.041 d: 18692.3  

🇧🇷 São José -48.617,-27.6 d: 18567.5  

🇧🇷 Palhoça -48.667,-27.633 d: 18567.9  

🇧🇷 Viamão -51.023,-30.088 d: 18633.1  

🇧🇷 Biguaçu -48.667,-27.5 d: 18555.5  

🇧🇷 Gravataí -50.983,-29.933 d: 18623.7  

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