Shōnai, Yamagata

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Wind Farm in Shonai
Wind Farm in Shonai
Flag of Shōnai
Official seal of Shōnai
Location of Shōnai in Yamagata Prefecture
Location of Shōnai in Yamagata Prefecture
Shōnai is located in Japan
Coordinates: 38°50′59.6″N 139°54′17″E / 38.849889°N 139.90472°E / 38.849889; 139.90472Coordinates: 38°50′59.6″N 139°54′17″E / 38.849889°N 139.90472°E / 38.849889; 139.90472
Country Japan
Region Tōhoku
Prefecture Yamagata
District Higashitagawa
 • Total 249.17 km2 (96.21 sq mi)
Population (October 2015)
 • Total 21,793
 • Density 87.5/km2 (227/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Camellia japonica
- Flower Fritillaria camschatcensis
- Bird Eurasian skylark
Phone number 0234-43-2211
Address 132-1 Amarume-cho, Shōnai-machi, Higashitagawa-gun, Yamagata-ken 999-7781
Website Official website
Shōnai town hall

Shōnai (庄内町, Shōnai-machi) is a town located in Higashitagawa District, Yamagata Prefecture, in the Tōhoku region of northern Japan.

As of October 2015, the town has an estimated population of 21,793 and a population density of 87.5 persons per km². The total area is 249.17 square kilometres (96 sq mi).


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.

Neighboring municipalities[edit]


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.




International relations[edit]

Twin towns and Sister cities[edit]


  1. ^ "International Exchange". List of Affiliation Partners within Prefectures. Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR). Retrieved 21 November 2015. 

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