Oguni, Yamagata

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Oguni
小国町
Town
Oguni Town Hall
Oguni Town Hall
Flag of Oguni
Flag
Official seal of Oguni
Seal
Location of Oguni in Yamagata Prefecture
Location of Oguni in Yamagata Prefecture
Oguni is located in Japan
Oguni
Oguni
 
Coordinates: 38°04′N 139°45′E / 38.067°N 139.750°E / 38.067; 139.750Coordinates: 38°04′N 139°45′E / 38.067°N 139.750°E / 38.067; 139.750
Country Japan
Region Tōhoku
Prefecture Yamagata
District Nishiokitama
Area
 • Total 737.55 km2 (284.77 sq mi)
Population (November 2013)
 • Total 8,278
 • Density 11.2/km2 (29/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Symbols  
• Tree Japanese beech
• Flower Sakura
• Bird Japanese bush-warbler
Phone number 0238-62-2111
Address 2-70 Ogunikosaka, Oguni-chō, Yamagata-ken 999-1363
Website

Oguni (小国町, Oguni-machi) is a town located in Nishiokitama District, Yamagata Prefecture, Japan.

As of November 2013, the town had an estimated population of 8,278 and a population density of 11.2 persons per km2. The total area was 737.55 square kilometres (285 sq mi).

Geography[edit]

Oguni is located in mountainous southwestern Yamagata Prefecture, bordered by Niigata Prefecture to the west and south.

Neighboring municipalities[edit]

Climate[edit]

Oguni 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 Oguni was part of ancient Dewa Province and was ruled as part of Yonezawa Domain during the Edo period. After the start of the Meiji period, most of the area of Iide became part of Nishiokitama District, Yamagata Prefecture. The village of Ogunimoto was established on April 1, 1889. It was elevated to town status on November 3, 1943, becoming the town of Oguni. It absorbed the neighboring villages of Minamioguni and Kitaoguni on March 31, 1954 and the village of Tsugawa on August 1, 1960.

Economy[edit]

The economy of Oguni is based on agriculture and forestry, and electrical power production from numerous dams.

Transportation[edit]

Railway[edit]

Highway[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Oguni, Yamagata at Wikimedia Commons