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Semboku City Hall
Location of Semboku in Akita Prefecture
|• Total||1,093.64 km2 (422.26 sq mi)|
|Population (December 2014)|
|• Density||25.3/km2 (66/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|Address||30 Miyanoshiro, Obonai, Tazawako, Semboku-shi, Akita-ken 014-1201|
Semboku is located in the mountains of central Akita Prefecture, bordering on Iwate Prefecture and the Ou Mountains on the east. Part of the city is within the borders of the Towada-Hachimantai National Park.
- Akita Prefecture
- Iwate Prefecture
Semboku 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 Semboku was part of ancient Dewa Province. During the Edo period, the area came under the control of the Satake clan, who had been relocated to Kubota Domain from their former holdings in Hitachi Province. After the start of the Meiji period, the area became part of Semboku District, Akita Prefecture in 1878.
The economy of Semboku is based on agriculture, forestry and seasonal tourism.
- JR East - Akita Shinkansen
- JR East - Tazawako Line
- Akita Nairiku Jūkan Railway - Akita Nairiku Line
- Tamagawa Hot Spring has the highest flow rate of any hot spring in Japan at 150 liters/second, which feeds a 3 meter wide stream with a temperature of 98 degrees C. The water from Tamagawa Hot Spring is also very acidic.
- Towada-Hachimantai National Park
- Lake Tazawa – the deepest lake in Japan
- Ōfuka Onsen
- Kakunodate samurai residences
Twin towns — Sister cities
Semboku is twinned with:
- Ōmura, Nagasaki, Japan, since July 18, 1979
- Sanuki, Kagawa, Japan, since September 28, 1996
- Shinjō, Yamagata, Japan, since July 27, 1996
- Takahagi, Ibaraki, Japan, since July 27, 1996
- Hitachiōta, Ibaraki, Japan, since November 21, 1998
Noted people from Semboku
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