Yamamoto Town Office
Location of Yamamoto in Miyagi Prefecture
|• Total||64.58 km2 (24.93 sq mi)|
|Population (August 2017)|
|• Density||193/km2 (500/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|- Tree||Japanese black pine|
|- Bird||Barn swallow|
|Address||Aasehara Sakutayama 31, Yamamoto-chō, Watari-gun, Miyagi-ken 989-2292|
Yamamoto (山元町 Yamamoto-chō) is a town located in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 August 2017[update], the town had an estimated population of 12,452, and a population density of 193 persons per km² in 4664 households. The total area of the town is 64.58 square kilometres (24.93 sq mi).
Yamamoto is located in south-east Miyagi Prefecture in the Tōhoku region of northern Japan. It us bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the east, and Fukushima Prefecture to the south. Yamamoto has a humid climate (Köppen climate classification Cfa) characterized by mild summers and cold winters. The average annual temperature in Yamamoto is 12.6 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1252 mm with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 24.8 °C, and lowest in January, at around 1.7 °C.
Per Japanese census data, the population of Yamamoto peaked at around the year 2000, and has dropped rapidly since.
The area of present-day Yamamoto was part of ancient Mutsu Province, and was part of the holdings of Sendai Domain under the Edo period Tokugawa shogunate. The village of Yamamoto was established on April 1, 1889 with the establishment of post-Meiji restoration modern municipalities system. It was raised to town status on February 1, 1951 by merging with the neighboring village of Sakamoto.
Yamamoto was devastated by the 8.9 – 9.0 MW megathrust earthquake off the coast of Japan that occurred at 14:46 JST (05:46 UTC) on 11 March 2011 and resultant tsunami. Eyewitness accounts describe Yamamoto as "one of the worst-hit areas" with no houses left undamaged.
The economy of Yamamoto is largely based on agriculture and commercial fishing.
Yamamoto has four public elementary schools and two public middle schools operated by the town government. The town does not have a public high school; however, there is a special education school operated by the Miyagi Prefectural Board of Education.
Noted people from Yamamoto
- Makoto Kosaka – professional baseball player
Media related to Yamamoto, Miyagi at Wikimedia Commons
- Official Website (in Japanese)