Tendō, Yamagata

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Tendō skyline
Tendō skyline
Flag of Tendō
Official seal of Tendō
Location of Tendō in Yamagata Prefecture
Location of Tendō in Yamagata Prefecture
Tendō is located in Japan
Coordinates: 38°21′N 140°22′E / 38.350°N 140.367°E / 38.350; 140.367Coordinates: 38°21′N 140°22′E / 38.350°N 140.367°E / 38.350; 140.367
Country Japan
Region Tōhoku
Prefecture Yamagata Prefecture
 • Total 113.01 km2 (43.63 sq mi)
Population (November 2013)
 • Total 61,995
 • Density 549/km2 (1,420/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Maple
- Flower Azalea
- Bird Meadow Bunting
Phone number 023-654-1111
Address 1-1-1 Oinomori, Tendō-shi, Yamagata-ken 994-8510
Website Official website
Tendō City Hall

Tendō (天童市 Tendō-shi?) is a city in Yamagata Prefecture, Japan.

As of November 2013, the city had an estimated population of 61,995 and a population density of 549 persons per km². The total area was 113.01 square kilometres (44 sq mi).[1]


Tendō is located in the east-central portion of the Yamagata Basin, bordered by the Ōu Mountains to the east.

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Tendō has a humid continental climate (Köppen climate classification Dfa) with very warm summers and cool winters. Precipitation is plentiful throughout the year, although the months from February to June have somewhat less rainfall.


During the Edo period, the area of present-day Tendō was part of Tendō Domain, a 20,000 koku feudal domain under the Tokugawa shogunate controlled by the Oda clan, who ruled from 1831-1871.[2]

After the start of the Meiji period, the area organized as Tendō Village under Higashimurayama District, Yamagata Prefecture in 1878. It was elevated to town status on April 27, 1892 and became a city on October 1, 1958.


The economy of Tendō is based on seasonal tourism, agriculture and wood products. The city is traditionally known for its production of the wooden pieces used in Japanese chess (shogi). The city also has numerous onsen hot springs within its borders.





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Notable people from Tendō[edit]


  1. ^ Official website
  2. ^ Baedeker. (2012). Japan, p. 561; Hotta, Anne and Yoko Ishiguro. (1986). A guide to Japanese hot springs, p. 192.

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