Yonezawa, Yamagata

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Overview of downtown Yonezawa
Overview of downtown Yonezawa
Flag of Yonezawa
Official seal of Yonezawa
Location of Yonezawa in Yamagata Prefecture
Location of Yonezawa in Yamagata Prefecture
Yonezawa is located in Japan
Coordinates: 37°55′20.1″N 140°07′0.4″E / 37.922250°N 140.116778°E / 37.922250; 140.116778Coordinates: 37°55′20.1″N 140°07′0.4″E / 37.922250°N 140.116778°E / 37.922250; 140.116778
Country Japan
Region Tōhoku
Prefecture Yamagata
 • Mayor Masaru Nakagawa (since December 2015)
 • Total 548.51 km2 (211.78 sq mi)
Population (October 2015)
 • Total 85,475
 • Density 156/km2 (400/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Kometsuga (Tsuga diversifolia)
- Flower Azumashakunage (Rhododendron metternichii Sieb. et Zucc. var. pentamerum Maxim)
Phone number 0238-22-5111
Address 5-2-25 Kanaike, Yonezawa-shi, Yamagata-ken 992-8501
Website http://www.city.yonezawa.yamagata.jp/

Yonezawa (米沢市, Yonezawa-shi) is a city in Yamagata Prefecture, Japan. Yonezawa is most famous for its local delicacies (apples, yonezawa beef, and carp) and for being a castle town that was once home to the Uesugi clan, including the daimyō Uesugi Yozan. As of October 2015, the city has an estimated population of 85,475, and a population density of 156 persons per km². The total area is 548.51 square kilometres (212 sq mi).[1]


Yonezawa is located in the southeast corner of Yamagata Prefecture, in the Yonezawa Basin. The Mogami River flows through the city. Part of the city is within the borders of the Bandai-Asahi National Park.

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Yonezawa 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 Yonezawa was part of ancient Dewa Province and was controlled in the Sengoku period by the Date clan. The famed warlord Date Masamune was born in Yonezawa. During the Edo period, the area became Yonezawa Domain under the Tokugawa shogunate, ruled by the Uesugi clan.[1] After the start of the Meiji period, the area was organized into Minamiokitama District, Yamagata Prefecture. The modern city of Yamagata was established on April 1, 1889.


The economy of Yamagata is based on agriculture, horticulture, light manufacturing and tourism.


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Twin towns — Sister cities[edit]

Moses Lake, WA



Notable people from Yonezawa[edit]


  1. ^ a b "米沢市のあらまし" (in Japanese). Yonezawa city official home page. Retrieved 14 December 2015. 
  2. ^ "International Exchange". List of Affiliation Partners within Prefectures. Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR). Retrieved 21 November 2015. 
  3. ^ "US-Japan Sister Cities by State". Asia Matters for America. Honolulu, HI: East-West Center. Retrieved 20 November 2015. 

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