Yonago, Tottori

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Yonago
米子市
City
Top: Kaike Spa and Kaike Coast, 2nd left: Mugibandai ruins in Yodoe, 2nd right: Yonago Castle Site, 3rd left: Mount Kōrei, 3rd right: Yonago Municipal Museum, Bottom: Aerial view of Yonago
Top: Kaike Spa and Kaike Coast, 2nd left: Mugibandai ruins in Yodoe, 2nd right: Yonago Castle Site, 3rd left: Mount Kōrei, 3rd right: Yonago Municipal Museum, Bottom: Aerial view of Yonago
Flag of Yonago
Flag
Location of Yonago in Tottori Prefecture
Location of Yonago in Tottori Prefecture
Yonago is located in Japan
Yonago
Yonago
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 35°26′N 133°20′E / 35.433°N 133.333°E / 35.433; 133.333Coordinates: 35°26′N 133°20′E / 35.433°N 133.333°E / 35.433; 133.333
Country Japan
Region Chūgoku (San'in)
Prefecture Tottori Prefecture
Government
 • Mayor Yasuo Nozaka (since April 2003)
Area
 • Total 132.21 km2 (51.05 sq mi)
Population (November 1, 2012)
 • Total 150,232
 • Density 1,136.31/km2 (2,943.0/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Symbols
- Tree Pending
- Flower Azalea
- Bird Tundra Swan
Address 1-1 Kamo-chō, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken
683-8686
Phone number 0859-23-5372
Website www.city.yonago.lg.jp

Yonago (米子市 Yonago-shi?) is a city located in northwestern Tottori Prefecture, Japan, facing the Sea of Japan, and adjacent to Shimane. It is the prefecture's second largest city after Tottori, and forms a commercial center of the western part of this prefecture.

As of November 1, 2012, the city has an estimated population of 150,232 and a population density of 1,136.31 persons per km². The total area is 132.21 km².

The current city was administratively founded on April 1, 1927, and absorbed the town of Yodoe (from Saihaku District) on March 31, 2005. It is home to the Yonago City Museum of Art. Since the city has begun to develop into a trade center of note, it has acquired the nickname Osaka in San-in.[citation needed]

Etymology[edit]

The name of Yonago in the Japanese language is formed from two kanji characters. The first, , means "rice", and the second, means "child".

Transportation[edit]

Yonago has always been an important crossing point of several routes in the area. Yonago Station serves three railway lines. The city also has a seaport to the Oki Islands. Miho-Yonago Airport, located in a neighboring city of Sakaiminato, serves the area.

History[edit]

The Amago clan, daimyo of the Sengoku period, constructed a castle in the area at the beginning of the 17th century.[1] In the Edo period, the castle was kept by a castellan who served the Ikeda clan of nearby Tottori Castle.

Yonago City Hall in Kamo area
Yonago Railroad Station
San'in Historical Museum
Yonago Waterbirds Sanctuary
Kotobuki Castle of Sweets, in the Yodoe area, is modeled after Yonago Castle

Climate[edit]

Yonago has a humid subtropical climate (Köppen climate classification Cfa) with hot summers and cool winters. Precipitation is significant throughout the year, with July and September being particularly wet months.

Climate data for Yonago, Tottori
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 7.3
(45.1)
7.8
(46)
11.5
(52.7)
17.5
(63.5)
22.1
(71.8)
25.0
(77)
29.6
(85.3)
30.9
(87.6)
26.2
(79.2)
21.0
(69.8)
15.9
(60.6)
10.7
(51.3)
18.79
(65.83)
Daily mean °C (°F) 3.8
(38.8)
4.0
(39.2)
6.9
(44.4)
12.4
(54.3)
17.1
(62.8)
20.9
(69.6)
25.5
(77.9)
26.5
(79.7)
22.0
(71.6)
16.2
(61.2)
11.2
(52.2)
6.6
(43.9)
14.42
(57.97)
Average low °C (°F) 0.6
(33.1)
0.5
(32.9)
2.3
(36.1)
7.2
(45)
12.0
(53.6)
17.1
(62.8)
22.1
(71.8)
22.7
(72.9)
18.1
(64.6)
11.6
(52.9)
6.8
(44.2)
2.8
(37)
10.32
(50.58)
Precipitation mm (inches) 147.8
(5.819)
137.0
(5.394)
125.1
(4.925)
119.6
(4.709)
117.1
(4.61)
188.2
(7.409)
244.6
(9.63)
154.5
(6.083)
224.7
(8.846)
140.4
(5.528)
132.4
(5.213)
124.8
(4.913)
1,856.2
(73.079)
Snowfall cm (inches) 64
(25.2)
58
(22.8)
10
(3.9)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
24
(9.4)
156
(61.3)
 % humidity 75 74 71 70 71 78 79 76 78 75 74 73 74.5
Mean monthly sunshine hours 76.6 88.2 146.5 182.5 219.5 177.2 196.5 221.1 158.6 160.3 114.3 89.6 1,830.9
Source: NOAA (1961-1990) [2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Yonago". Encyclopedia of Japan. Tokyo: Shogakukan. 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-12. 
  2. ^ "Yonago Climate Normals 1961-1990". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved January 5, 2013. 

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