Yonezawa, Yamagata

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Yonezawa
米沢市
City
Overview of downtown Yonezawa
Overview of downtown Yonezawa
Flag of Yonezawa
Flag
Official seal of Yonezawa
Seal
Location of Yonezawa in Yamagata Prefecture
Location of Yonezawa in Yamagata Prefecture
Yonezawa is located in Japan
Yonezawa
Yonezawa
 
Coordinates: 37°55′N 140°07′E / 37.917°N 140.117°E / 37.917; 140.117Coordinates: 37°55′N 140°07′E / 37.917°N 140.117°E / 37.917; 140.117
Country Japan
Region Tōhoku
Prefecture Yamagata
Government
 • -Mayor Abe Sanjuro
Area
 • Total 548.74 km2 (211.87 sq mi)
Population (November 2013)
 • Total 87,234
 • Density 159/km2 (410/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Kometsuga (Tsuga diversifolia)
- Flower Azumashakunage (Rhododendron metternichii Sieb. et Zucc. var. pentamerum Maxim)
Phone number 0238-22-5111
Address 5-2-25 Kanaike, Yonezawa-shi, Yamagata-ken 992-8501
Website www.city.yonezawa.yamagata.jp

Yonezawa (米沢市 Yonezawa-shi?) is a city in Yamagata Prefecture, Japan. Yonezawa is most famous for its local delicacies (apples, beef, and carp) and for being a castle town that was once home to the Uesugi clan, including the daimyō Uesugi Yozan.

As of November 2013, the city has an estimated population of 87,234 and a population density of 159 persons per km². The total area was 548.74 square kilometres (212 sq mi).[citation needed]

Geography[edit]

Yonezawa is located in the southeast corner of Yamagata Prefecture, in the Yonezawa Basin. The Mogami River flows through the city. Part of the city is within the borders of the Bandai-Asahi National Park.

Neighboring municipalities[edit]

Climate[edit]

Yonezawa 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 Yonezawa was part of ancient Dewa Province and was controlled in the Sengoku period by the Date clan. The famed warlord Date Masamune was born in Yonezawa. During the Edo period, the area became Yonezawa Domain under the Tokugawa shogunate, ruled by the Uesugi clan. After the start of the Meiji period, the area was organized into Minamiokitama District, Yamagata Prefecture. The modern city of Yamagata was established on April 1, 1889.

Economy[edit]

The economy of Yamagata is based on agriculture, horticulture, light manufacturing and tourism.

Education[edit]

Transportation[edit]

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Highways[edit]

Local attractions[edit]

International relations[edit]

Twin towns — Sister cities[edit]

Japan[edit]

Worldwide[edit]

Notable people from Yonezawa[edit]

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