Yamamoto Town Office
Location of Yamamoto in Miyagi Prefecture
|• Total||64.8 km2 (25.0 sq mi)|
|Population (June 2014)|
|• Density||199/km2 (520/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|- Tree||Pinus thunbergii|
|- 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 Watari District, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. As of June 2014, the town had an estimated population of 12,857 and a population density of 199 persons per km². The total area was 64.48 km².
- Miyagi Prefecture
- Fukushima Prefecture
The area of present-day Yamamoto was part of ancient Mutsu Province.The village of Yamamoto was established on April 1, 1889 with the establishment of the 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.
Noted people from Yamamoto
- Makoto Kosaka – professional baseball player
Media related to Yamamoto, Miyagi at Wikimedia Commons
- Official website (Japanese)