Nan'yō, Yamagata

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Nan'yō
南陽市
City
Nan'yō City Hall
Nan'yō City Hall
Flag of Nan'yō
Flag
Official seal of Nan'yō
Seal
Location of Nan'yō in Yamagata Prefecture
Location of Nan'yō in Yamagata Prefecture
Nan'yō is located in Japan
Nan'yō
Nan'yō
 
Coordinates: 38°3′N 140°9′E / 38.050°N 140.150°E / 38.050; 140.150Coordinates: 38°3′N 140°9′E / 38.050°N 140.150°E / 38.050; 140.150
Country Japan
Region Tōhoku
Prefecture Yamagata
Area
 • Total 169.70 km2 (65.52 sq mi)
Population (November 2013)
 • Total 32,747
 • Density 204/km2 (530/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Sakura
- Flower Chrysanthemum
Phone number 0238-40-3211
Address 436-1 Mitsumadori, Nanyō-shi, Yamagata-ken 999-2292
Website Official website

Nan'yō (南陽市 Nan'yō-shi?) is a city located in Yamagata Prefecture, Japan.

As of November 2013, the city had an estimated population of 32,747 and a population density of 204 persons per km². The total area was 160.70 square kilometres (62 sq mi).

Geography[edit]

Nan'yō is located in southern Yamagata Prefecture, with mountains to the north, east and west and the Mogami River forming its southern border.

Neighboring municipalities[edit]

Climate[edit]

Nan'yō 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.

History[edit]

The area of present-day Nan'yō was part of ancient Dewa Province. After the start of the Meiji period, the area became part of Higashiokitama District, Yamagata Prefecture. The English travel-writer Isabella Bird visited Akayu in 1878 and wrote about the town in Unbeaten Tracks in Japan. The modern city of Nan'yō was established on April 1, 1967 by the merger of the former towns of Miyauchi and Akayu with the village of Wagō.

Akayu is famous for its hot springs, cherries and hang gliding and includes the former village of Nakagawa. Miyauchi is famous for its chrysanthemum festival and the Kumano-taisha Shrine and includes the former villages of Urushiyama, Yoshino and Kaneyama. Wago Village was created in 1955 by the merger of the villages of Okigō and Ringō.

Economy[edit]

The economy of Nan'yō is based on agriculture, light manufacturing and tourism.

Wine[edit]

Cask of wine from the Sato Winery in Nanyo during the annual wine festival

Nan'yō is home to three major wineries.

  • Sakai Winery[1]
  • Oura Winery[2]
  • Sato Winery[3]

In addition to the three wineries, Nan'yō is also home to a sake brewery called Azuma no Fumoto (東の麓).[4]

Education[edit]

High schools[edit]

  • Nanyō High School

Junior high schools[edit]

  • Akayu Junior High School
  • Miyauchi Junior High School
  • Okigō Junior High School

Elementary schools[edit]

  • Akayu Elementary School
  • Kotaki Elementary School - Closed in 2012
  • Miyauchi Elementary School
  • Nakagawa Elementary School
  • Ogi Elementary School
  • Okigō Elementary School
  • Ringō Elementary School
  • Urushiyama Elementary School

Transportation[edit]

Rail[edit]

Highways[edit]

Media[edit]

Newspapers[edit]

  • Okitama Times[5]

Local attractions[edit]

Lake Hakuryuu, with a vineyard on the mountain in the background
  • Inarimori Burial Mound, Akayu
  • Akayu Onsen, Akayu
  • Nan'yō Skypark, Akayu
  • Mount Eboshi, Akayu. Listed as one of the 100 cherry blossoms sights in Japan
  • Toyotarō Yūki Memorial Museum, Akayu
  • Kumano Shrine, Miyauchi
  • Hygeia Park onsen complex, Miyauchi
  • The 33 Images of Buddha, Mt Iwabu, Nakagawa
  • Yuzuru no Sato Museum, Urushiyama
  • Chinzo-ji Temple, Urushiyama
  • Kuguri waterfall, Kotaki
  • Lake Hakuryuu, Akayu

Local events[edit]

Eboshiyama, one of the 100 best places to see the cherry blossoms in Japan
  • Eboshiyama park cherry blossom festival, Akayu, late April to early May
  • Sosho park rose festival, Miyauchi, June
  • Kumano-taisha festival, Miyauchi, 24–25 July
  • Grape picking, sightseeing vineyard, Akayu, August–October
  • Nan'yō wine festival, Hygeia park, Miyauchi, August
  • Akayu onsen furosato festival, Akayu, second weekend of September
  • Chrysanthemum doll festival, Miyauchi, mid-October to mid-November

International relations[edit]

Twin towns — Sister cities[edit]

Notable people from Nan'yō[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]