Yamakita, Kanagawa

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Yamakita Town Hall
Yamakita Town Hall
Flag of Yamakita
Official seal of Yamakita
Location of Yamakita in Kanagawa Prefecture
Location of Yamakita in Kanagawa Prefecture
Yamakita is located in Japan
Coordinates: 35°21′N 139°4′E / 35.350°N 139.067°E / 35.350; 139.067Coordinates: 35°21′N 139°4′E / 35.350°N 139.067°E / 35.350; 139.067
Country Japan
Region Kantō
Prefecture Kanagawa Prefecture
District Ashigarakami
 • Total 224.70 km2 (86.76 sq mi)
Population (June 1, 2012)
 • Total 11,381
 • Density 50.61/km2 (131.1/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
City symbols  
• Tree Japanese beech
• Flower Kerria
• Bird Copper pheasant
Phone number 046-75-1122
Address 1301-4 Yamakita, Yamakita-machi, Ashigarakami-gun, Kanagawa-ken 258-0195
Website http://www.town.yamakita.kanagawa.jp/

Yamakita (山北町, Yamakita-machi) is a town located in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. As of June 2012, the town had an estimated population of 11,381, and a population density of 50.6 persons per km2. The total area is 224.70 km2 (86.76 sq mi).


Yamakita is located in the mountainous western portion of Kanagawa Prefecture, bordering Shizuoka and Yamanashi Prefectures. Much of the town is within the boundaries of the Tanzawa-Ōyama Quasi-National Park.

Surrounding municipalities[edit]

Kanagawa Prefecture

Yamanashi Prefecture

Shizuoka Prefecture


During the Edo period the area around Yamakita was part of Odawara Domain, along with most of western Sagami Province. After the cadastral reforms of the early Meiji period, Kawa village was one of several villages established within Ashigarakami district, Kanagawa Prefecture on April 1, 1889. Kawa village was elevated to town status on April 1, 1933 and renamed Yamakita. It merged with neighboring Kyowa, Shimizu and Miho villages on February 1, 1955 and further expanded by annexing the Hirayama area of former Kitaashigara village on April 1, 1955.


The economy of Yamakita is based primarily on agriculture and forestry.





Elementary schools[edit]

  • Kawamura Elementary School
  • Miho Elementary School
  • Kyowa Elementary School(Closed)
  • Shimizu Elementary School(Closed)
  • Kawamura Elementary School Annex(Closed)

Junior high schools[edit]

  • Yamakita Junior High School
  • Miho Junior High School(Closed)
  • Shimizu Junior High School(Closed)

High schools[edit]

  • Yamakita High School

Places of interest and events[edit]

Shasui Waterfalls

Hot springs[edit]

  • Nakagawa Hot Springs

Camping areas[edit]

  • Yamakita Town Friendship Village
  • Lake Tanzawa Campsite
  • Lake Tanzawa Lodge
  • West Tanzawa Nakagawa Lodge
  • West Tanzawa Cottage Camp Ground


  • Kawamura Castle ruins Historical Park
  • Yamakita Railway Park


  • Yamakita Cherry Blossom Festival(end of March ~ beginning of April)
  • Lake Tanzawa Fireworks Festival
  • West Tanzawa Autumn Momiji Festival


  • Lake Tanzawa Fishing Festival
  • Lake Tanzawa Canoe Marathon
  • Lake Tanzawa Marathon
  • Christmas in Lake Tanzawa


  • Sakawa River Golf Club

Noted people from Yamakita[edit]

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