Yazu, Tottori

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Yazu
八頭町
Town
Flag of Yazu
Flag
Location of Yazu in Tottori Prefecture
Location of Yazu in Tottori Prefecture
Yazu is located in Japan
Yazu
Yazu
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 35°24′N 134°15′E / 35.400°N 134.250°E / 35.400; 134.250Coordinates: 35°24′N 134°15′E / 35.400°N 134.250°E / 35.400; 134.250
Country Japan
Region Chūgoku
San'in
Prefecture Tottori Prefecture
District Yazu
Area
 • Total 206.71 km2 (79.81 sq mi)
Population (April 1, 2012)
 • Total 17,878
 • Density 86/km2 (220/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Symbols
- Tree Persimmon
- Flower Satsuki azalea
Website Town of Yazu (Japanese)

Yazu (八頭町 Yazu-chō?) is a town located in Yazu District, Tottori Prefecture, Japan.

As of April 1, 2012, the town has an estimated population of 17,878 and a density of 86 per square kilometre (220/sq mi). The total area is 206.71 square kilometres (79.81 sq mi).

Yazu was formed on March 31, 2005, by the merger of the towns of Funaoka, Hattō and Kōge, all from Yazu District.[1][2]

Bordering minicipalities[edit]

Yazu borders on the city of Tottori and the towns of Misasa and Chizu, all in Tottori Prefecture.[1]

Geography[edit]

Yazu is located to the far east of Tottori Prefecture. Its highest peak is Ōginosen (1,309.9 metres or 4,298 feet), which is located on the border of the city of Tottori, the towns of Misasa and Chizu, as well as Shin'onsen in Hyōgo Prefecture. Ōginosen is part of the Daisen Volcanic Belt. The mountain is part of Hyōnosen-Ushiroyama-Nagisan Quasi-National Park, and has facilities for skiing and camping.[3] The Hattō River (39.1 metres (128 ft)), the largest tributary of the Sendai River, flows through Yazu, as does a smaller tributary, the Kisaichi River (28.1 metres (92 ft)), which traces its origin to Ōginosen.[4][5]

Parks[edit]

Hyōnosen-Ushiroyama-Nagisan Quasi-National Park, founded on April 10, 1969, spans across Hyōgo Prefecture, Tottori Prefecture, and Okayama Prefecture. Much of the area of the town of Yazu is included in the quasi-national park.[6][7]

Government[edit]

Yazu is governed by an 18-person town council, headed by a chairperson and vice-chairperson.[8] Makoto Hiraki has served as mayor of Yazu since the founding of the town in 2005.[2] Yazu maintains a municipal board of education, as well as a police and fire department.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "八頭町" [Yazu-chō]. Nihon Daihyakka Zensho (Nipponika) (in Japanese). Tokyo: Shogakukan. 2012. OCLC 153301537. Retrieved 2012-05-28. 
  2. ^ a b まちの概要 [Overview of Yazu] (in Japanese). Yazu, Tottori Prefecture: Yazu-Town. 2012. Retrieved July 18, 2012. 
  3. ^ "扇ノ山" [Ōginosen]. Nihon Daihyakka Zensho (Nipponika) (in Japanese). Tokyo: Shogakukan. 2012. OCLC 153301537. Retrieved 2012-05-28. 
  4. ^ "Hattō River" [Kisaichi River]. Nihon Rekishi Chimei Taikei (in Japanese). Tokyo: Shogakukan. 2012. OCLC 173191044. DLC 2009238904. Retrieved 2012-06-02. 
  5. ^ "私都川" [Kisaichi River]. Nihon Rekishi Chimei Taikei (in Japanese). Tokyo: Shogakukan. 2012. OCLC 173191044. DLC 2009238904. Retrieved 2012-06-02. 
  6. ^ "氷ノ山後山那岐山国定公園". Ministry of the Environment. Retrieved 18 July 2021.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  7. ^ "丹後天橋立大江山/明治の森箕面/金剛生駒紀泉/氷ノ山後山那岐山". National Parks Association of Japan. Retrieved 10 May 2011. 
  8. ^ 町議会の仕組み・構成 [Structure and Organization of the Town Council] (in Japanese). Yazu, Tottori Prefecture: Yazu-Town. 2012. Retrieved July 18, 2012. 

External links[edit]

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