Yanaizu Town Hall
Location of Yanaizu in Fukushima Prefecture
|• Total||176.07 km2 (67.98 sq mi)|
|Population (September 2014)|
|• Density||20.6/km2 (53/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|- Flower||Paulownia tomentosa|
|- Bird||Japanese bush warbler|
|Address||234 Shimohiraotsu Yanaizu, Yanaizu-machi, Kawanuma-gun, Fukushima-ken 969-7201|
Yanaizu (柳津町 Yanaizu-machi) is a town located in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. As of September 2014, the town had an estimated population of 3,634, and a population density of 20.6 persons per km². The total area is 176.07 km².
Yanaizu is located in the northern portion of the Aizu region of Fukushima Prefecture, in a valley bordered by the Tadami River and the Takitani River. The climate is like many other parts of northern Japan, with cold winters and snowfall averaging 2 meters.
- Mountains : Mount Hakase
- Rivers : Tadami River, Takitani River
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The area of present-day Yanaizu was part of ancient Mutsu Province. The area formed part of the holdings of Aizu Domain during the Edo period. After the Meiji Restoration, the area was organized as part of Kawanuma District. Fukushima Prefecture.
The modern village of Yanaizu was founded with the establishment of the municipalities system on April 1, 1898. Yanaizu annexed the neighboring villages of Kurado and Iitani on May 1, 1921. The village was raised to town status on May 20, 1942. On March 31, 1955, Yanaizu annexed the neighboring village of Nishiyama from Ōnuma District, Fukushima.
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- Enzō-ji, Buddhist temple, the site of a Hadaka Matsuri every January 7. This festival was featured in the NHK World program "Out & About" on February 10, 2008.
- Saitō Kiyoshi Art Museum
Media related to Yanaizu, Fukushima at Wikimedia Commons
- Official Website (in Japanese)