Shōnai, Yamagata

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Shōnai
庄内町
Town
Wind Farm in Shonai
Wind Farm in Shonai
Flag of Shōnai
Flag
Official seal of Shōnai
Seal
Location of Shōnai in Yamagata Prefecture
Location of Shōnai in Yamagata Prefecture
Shōnai is located in Japan
Shōnai
Shōnai
 
Coordinates: 38°51′N 139°54′E / 38.850°N 139.900°E / 38.850; 139.900Coordinates: 38°51′N 139°54′E / 38.850°N 139.900°E / 38.850; 139.900
Country Japan
Region Tōhoku
Prefecture Yamagata
District Higashitagawa
Area
 • Total 249.26 km2 (96.24 sq mi)
Population (October 2013)
 • Total 22,269
 • Density 98.3/km2 (255/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Phone number 0234-43-2211
Address 132-1 Amarume-cho, Shōnai-machi, Higashitagawa-gun, Yamagata-ken 999-7781
Website Official website

Shōnai (庄内町 Shōnai-machi?) is a town located in Higashitagawa District, Yamagata Prefecture, Japan.

As of October 2013, the town has an estimated population of 22,269 and a population density of 89.3 persons per km². The total area is 249.26 square kilometres (96 sq mi).

Geography[edit]

Shōnai is located in the coastal plains of north-central Yamagata Prefecture. The Mogami River flows through the town. Mount Gassan, the highest of the Three Mountains of Dewa is at the intersection of the borders of Shōnai, Tsuruoka, Ōkura and Nishikawa.

Neighboring municipalities[edit]

Climate[edit]

Shōnai 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 Shōnai was part of ancient Dewa Province. After the start of the Meiji period, the area became part of Higashitagawa District, Yamagata Prefecture. The town of Amarume was established on April 1, 1889, and the town of Karikawa on April 1, 1937. Karikawa merged with the neighboring villages of Kiyokawa and Tachiyazawa on October 1, 1954 and was renamed Tachikawa. On July 1, 2005 the towns of Tachikawa and Amarume merged to form the new town of Shōnai.

Economy[edit]

The economy of Shōnai is based on agriculture.

Transportation[edit]

Railway[edit]

Highway[edit]

International relations[edit]

Twin towns — Sister cities[edit]

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