Location of Tendō in Yamagata Prefecture
|• Total||113.01 km2 (43.63 sq mi)|
|Population (November 2013)|
|• Density||549/km2 (1,420/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|- Bird||Meadow Bunting|
|Address||1-1-1 Oinomori, Tendō-shi, Yamagata-ken 994-8510|
Tendō is located in the east-central portion of the Yamagata Basin, bordered by the Ōu Mountains to the east.
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.
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.
Twin towns — Sister cities
- - Marostica, Italy, since April 22, 1993.
- – Blenheim, New Zealand, since July 7, 1989
- – Wafangdian, China, since May 27, 2002
Notable people from Tendō
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