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Yonezawa, Yamagata

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Area  548.74 km2
Mayor  Abe Sanjuro

Region  Tohoku
Population  87,234
Yonezawa, Yamagata Beautiful Landscapes of Yonezawa, Yamagata

Map of Yonezawa, Yamagata

Yonezawa (米沢市, Yonezawa-shi) is a city in Yamagata Prefecture, in the Tohoku region of northern Japan. Yonezawa is most famous for its local delicacies (apples, beef, and carp) and for being a castle town that was once home to the Uesugi clan, including the daimyō Uesugi Yozan.


Yonezawa, Yamagata in the past, History of Yonezawa, Yamagata

As of October 2015, the city has an estimated population of 85,475 and a population density of 156 persons per km². The total area was 548.51 square kilometres (212 sq mi).

Yonezawa Yamagata Wikipedia

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Yonezawa is located in the southeast corner of Yamagata Prefecture, in the Yonezawa Basin. The Mogami River flows through the city. Part of the city is within the borders of the Bandai-Asahi National Park.

Neighboring municipalities

  • Yamagata Prefecture
  • Takahata, Yamagata
  • Kawanishi, Yamagata
  • Iide, Yamagata
  • Fukushima Prefecture
  • Fukushima, Fukushima
  • Kitakata, Fukushima
  • Inawashiro, Fukushima
  • Kitashiobara, Fukushima
  • Climate

    Yonezawa has a Humid continental climate (Köppen climate classification Dfa) with large seasonal temperature differences, with warm to hot (and often humid) summers and cold (sometimes severely cold) winters. Precipitation is significant throughout the year, but is heaviest from August to October.


    The area of present-day Yonezawa was part of ancient Dewa Province and was controlled in the Sengoku period by the Date clan. The famed warlord Date Masamune was born in Yonezawa. During the Edo period, the area became Yonezawa Domain under the Tokugawa shogunate, ruled by the Uesugi clan. After the start of the Meiji period, the area was organized into Minamiokitama District, Yamagata Prefecture. The modern city of Yamagata was established on April 1, 1889.


    The economy of Yamagata is based on agriculture, horticulture, light manufacturing and tourism.

    Colleges and universities

  • Yamagata University Yonezawa campus
  • Yonezawa Women's Junior College
  • Rail

  • JR East - Yamagata Shinkansen
  • Yonezawa
  • JR East - Ōu Main Line
  • Itaya - Tōge - Ōsawa - Sekine - Yonezawa - Oitama
  • JR East - Yonesaka Line
  • Yonezawa - Minami-Yonezawa - Nishi-Yonezawa - Narushima
  • Highways

  • Tōhoku Chūō Expressway: Yonezawa IC
  • National Route 13
  • National Route 121
  • National Route 287
  • National Route 399
  • Local attractions

  • Yonezawa City Uesugi Museum
  • Yonezawa Castle
  • Yonezawa Onsen
  • Namegawa Great Falls
  • Shirabu Onsen (in gorges of Otaru River south of Yonezawa)
  • Twin towns — Sister cities

    Moses Lake, WA


  • Takanabe, Miyazaki, since 1981
  • Jōetsu, Niigata, since 1981
  • Okinawa, Okinawa, since 1994
  • Tōkai, Aichi, since 1999
  • Worldwide

  • Taubaté, Brazil, since January 28, 1974
  • Moses Lake, Washington, USA, since May 1, 1981
  • Notable people from Yonezawa

  • Junzaburo Ban, actor
  • Itō Chūta, architect
  • Takehiko Endo, politician
  • Yamashita Gentarō, admiral, Imperial Japanese Navy
  • Masami Kobayashi, admiral, Imperial Japanese Navy
  • Mutsuo Minagawa, Nippon Professional Baseball player
  • Chūichi Nagumo, admiral, Imperial Japanese Navy
  • Ikeda Shigeaki, politician
  • Hirata Tosuke, Meiji period statesman
  • References

    Yonezawa, Yamagata Wikipedia

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