Nishikawa, Yamagata

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Nishikawa
西川町
Town
Nishikawa Town Hall
Nishikawa Town Hall
Flag of Nishikawa
Flag
Official seal of Nishikawa
Seal
Location of Nishikawa in Yamagata Prefecture
Location of Nishikawa in Yamagata Prefecture
Nishikawa is located in Japan
Nishikawa
Nishikawa
 
Coordinates: 38°25′35.4″N 140°08′51.4″E / 38.426500°N 140.147611°E / 38.426500; 140.147611Coordinates: 38°25′35.4″N 140°08′51.4″E / 38.426500°N 140.147611°E / 38.426500; 140.147611
Country Japan
Region Tōhoku
Prefecture Yamagata
District Nishimurayama
Area
 • Total 393.19 km2 (151.81 sq mi)
Population (October 2015)
 • Total 5,554
 • Density 14.1/km2 (37/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Siebold’s Beech
- Flower Lysichiton camtschatcensis
Chrysanthemum
- Animal Japanese serow
Phone number 0237-74-2111 
Address 510 Kaishō, Nishikawa-machi, Nishimurayama-gun, Yamagata-ken 990-0792
Website Official website

Nishikawa (西川町 Nishikawa-machi?) is a town located in Yamagata Prefecture, in the Tohoku region of northern Japan.

As of October 2015, the town had an estimated population of 5,554 and a population density of 145.1 persons per km². The total area was 393.19 square kilometres (152 sq mi).

Geography[edit]

Nishikawa is located in mountainous central Yamagata and includes Mount Gassan and Mount Asahi within its borders. The Sagae River passes through the town. Part of the town is within the borders of the Bandai-Asahi National Park.

Neighboring municipalities[edit]

Climate[edit]

Nishikawa 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.

History[edit]

The area of present-day Nishikawa was part of ancient Dewa Province. After the start of the Meiji period, the area became part of Nishimurayama District, Yamagata Prefecture. The modern town of Nishikawa was established on October 1, 1954 by the merger of the villages of Kawadoi, Nishiyama, Hondōji and Ōisawa.

Economy[edit]

The economy of Nishikawa is based on seasonal tourism and forestry.

Education[edit]

Nishikawa has one elementary school and one middle school.

Transportation[edit]

Railway[edit]

Nishikawa is not served by any passenger rail service. The nearest station is Uzen-Takamatsu Station in the neighboring city of Sagae.

Highway[edit]

Local attractions[edit]

Sister city relations[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "US-Japan Sister Cities by State". Asia Matters for America. Honolulu, HI: East-West Center. Retrieved 20 November 2015. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Nishikawa, Yamagata at Wikimedia Commons