Yuzawa, Akita

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Yuzawa City Hall
Yuzawa City Hall
Flag of Yuzawa
Official seal of Yuzawa
Location of Yuzawa in Akita Prefecture
Location of Yuzawa in Akita Prefecture
Yuzawa is located in Japan
Coordinates: 39°9′50.7″N 140°29′41.4″E / 39.164083°N 140.494833°E / 39.164083; 140.494833Coordinates: 39°9′50.7″N 140°29′41.4″E / 39.164083°N 140.494833°E / 39.164083; 140.494833
Country Japan
Region Tōhoku
Prefecture Akita Prefecture
 • -Mayor Suzuki Toshio
 • Total 790.72 km2 (305.30 sq mi)
Population (June 2013)
 • Total 48,619
 • Density 61.5/km2 (159/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Japanese Red Pine
- Flower Dahlia
Phone number 0183-73-2111
Address 1-1 Satakechō, Yuzawa-shi, Akita-ken 012-8501
Website Official website

Yuzawa (湯沢市 Yuzawa-shi?) is a city located in Akita Prefecture, Japan.

As of June 2013, the city has an estimated population of 48,619 and a population density of 61.5 persons per km². The total area is 790.72 km2 (305.30 sq mi).

Yuzawa claims to be the birthplace of the famous Heian period poet Ono no Komachi.


Yuzawa is located at the far southeast corner of Akita Prefecture, bordered by mountains to the south, east and west.

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Yuzawa has a Humid continental climate (Köppen climate classification Cfa) 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.


The area of present-day Yuzawa was part of ancient Ugo Province, dominated by the Satake clan during the Edo period, who ruled Kubota Domain under the Tokugawa shogunate. Much of the territory was part of the 20,000 koku subsidiary feudal domain of Iwasaki Domain ( 岩崎藩 Iwasaki-han?).

After the start of the Meiji period, Iwasaki Domain became briefly “Iwasaki Prefecture”, before becoming Ogachi District, Akita Prefecture in 1878. The towns of Iwasaki and Yuzawa were created in 1889, becoming the city of Yuzawa on March 31, 1954.

On March 22, 2005, the towns of Inakawa, Minase and Ogachi (all from Ogachi District) were merged into Yuzawa.

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The economy of Yuzawa is based on agriculture, primarily rice cultivation, and the brewing of sake.




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