Obanazawa, Yamagata

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Obanazawa

尾花沢市
Ginzan Onsen in the snow
Ginzan Onsen in the snow
Flag of Obanazawa
Flag
Official seal of Obanazawa
Seal
Location of Obanazawa in Yamagata Prefecture
Location of Obanazawa in Yamagata Prefecture
Obanazawa is located in Japan
Obanazawa
Obanazawa
 
Coordinates: 38°36′N 140°24′E / 38.600°N 140.400°E / 38.600; 140.400Coordinates: 38°36′N 140°24′E / 38.600°N 140.400°E / 38.600; 140.400
CountryJapan
RegionTōhoku
PrefectureYamagata
Area
 • Total373.32 km2 (144.14 sq mi)
Population
(October 2016)
 • Total16,551
 • Density44/km2 (110/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
- TreeJapanese Zelkova
- FlowerAzalea
Phone number0237-22-1111
Address1-1-3 Wakabachō, Obanazawa-shi, Yamagata-ken 999-4292
Websitehttp://www.city.obanazawa.yamagata.jp/
Obanazawa City Hall

Obanazawa (尾花沢市, Obanazawa-shi) is a city located in Yamagata Prefecture, Japan. As of October 2016, the city had an estimated population of 16,551, and a population density of 44 persons per km². The total area is 372.32 square kilometres (144 sq mi).

Geography[edit]

Obanazawa is located in a mountain valley northeast Yamagata Prefecture, bordered by the Mogami River to the west and the Ōu Mountains to the east.

Neighboring municipalities[edit]

Climate[edit]

Obanazawa 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 Obanazawa was part of ancient Dewa Province. After the start of the Meiji period, the area became part of Kitamurayama District, Yamagata Prefecture. The modern village of Obanazawa was established on April 1, 1889, and was raised to town status on July 26, 1897. It was made a city on April 10, 1959.

Obanazawa is the origin of one version of the Dontsuki song, the 'Hanagasa Dance Song', a song sung in many parts of Yamagata Prefecture.[1][2]

Economy[edit]

The economy of Obanazawa is based on agriculture and forestry. In agriculture, Obanazawa is best known for its watermelons.[3]

Transportation[edit]

Railway[edit]

Highway[edit]

Local attractions[edit]

Noted people from Obanazawa[edit]

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External links[edit]

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