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Wind Farm in Shonai
Location of Shōnai in Yamagata Prefecture
|• Total||249.17 km2 (96.21 sq mi)|
|Population (October 2015)|
|• Density||87.5/km2 (227/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|- Tree||Camellia japonica|
|- Flower||Fritillaria camschatcensis|
|- Bird||Eurasian skylark|
|Address||132-1 Amarume-cho, Shōnai-machi, Higashitagawa-gun, Yamagata-ken 999-7781|
Shōnai is located in the coastal plains of north-central Yamagata Prefecture. The Mogami River flows through the town. Mount Gassan, the highest of the Three Mountains of Dewa is at the intersection of the borders of Shōnai, Tsuruoka, Ōkura and Nishikawa.
- Yamagata Prefecture
Shōnai 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.
The area of present-day Shōnai was part of ancient Dewa Province. After the start of the Meiji period, the area became part of Higashitagawa District, Yamagata Prefecture. The town of Amarume was established on April 1, 1889, and the town of Karikawa on April 1, 1937. Karikawa merged with the neighboring villages of Kiyokawa and Tachiyazawa on October 1, 1954 and was renamed Tachikawa. On July 1, 2005 the towns of Tachikawa and Amarume merged to form the new town of Shōnai.
The economy of Shōnai is based on agriculture.
Shōnai has five elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school.
- JR East - Uetsu Main Line
- JR East - Rikuu West Line
Twin towns — Sister cities
- "International Exchange". List of Affiliation Partners within Prefectures. Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR). Retrieved 21 November 2015.
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