Mogami, Yamagata

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Mount Kamuro is located in Mogami
Mount Kamuro is located in Mogami
Flag of Mogami
Official seal of Mogami
Location of Mogami in Yamagata Prefecture
Location of Mogami in Yamagata Prefecture
Mogami is located in Japan
Coordinates: 38°45′N 140°31′E / 38.750°N 140.517°E / 38.750; 140.517Coordinates: 38°45′N 140°31′E / 38.750°N 140.517°E / 38.750; 140.517
Country Japan
Region Tōhoku
Prefecture Yamagata
District Mogami
 • Total 330.27 km2 (127.52 sq mi)
Population (October 2013)
 • Total 9,314
 • Density 28.2/km2 (73/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
City symbols  
• Tree Japanese plum
• Flower Japanese gentian
• Bird Copper pheasant
Phone number 0233-43-2111 
Address 66 Mukai-machi, Mogami-machi, Mogami-gun, Yamagata-ken 999-6101
Website Official website

Mogami (最上町 Mogami-machi?) is a town in Mogami District, Yamagata, Japan.

As of October 2013, the town has an estimated population of 9,314 and a population density of 28.2 persons per km2. The total area is 330.27 square kilometres (128 sq mi).


Mogami is located in the mountains of extreme north eastern Yamagata Prefecture. Despite its name, the Mogami River does not run through the town. The area is known for extremely heavy snows in winter.[citation needed]

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During the Sengoku period, the area was under the control of the Mogami clan who built Oguni Castle. During the Edo period, parts of the area came under the control of Shinjō Domain. After the start of the Meiji period, the area became part of Mogami District, Yamagata Prefecture. The villages of Higashi-Oguni and Nishi-Oguni were established on April 1, 1889. These villages were merged to form the town of Mogami on September 1, 1954.


Mogami was formerly known as a horse breeding area, and numerous ranches supplied horses to the Imperial Japanese Army's cavalry regiments. Modern Mogami is dependent on agriculture, forestry and seasonal tourism to its many hot spring resorts.




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