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Sakae Bridge in Yuza
Location of Yuza in Yamagata Prefecture
|• Total||208.39 km2 (80.46 sq mi)|
|Population (October 2015)|
|• Density||67.5/km2 (175/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|- Tree||Black Pine|
|Address||211 Banchi, Yuza Aze Maizuru, Yuza-machi, Akumi-gun, Yamagata-ken 999-8301|
Yuza is located in the extreme northwest of Yamagata Prefecture, bordering on Akita Prefecture to the north and the Japan Sea on the west. Part of the town is within the borders of the Chōkai Quasi-National Park, including a portion of Mount Chokai itself.
Yuza 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 Yuza was part of ancient Dewa Province. After the start of the Meiji period, the area became part of Akumi District, Yamagata Prefecture. The village of Yuza was established on April 1, 1889. It was elevated to town status on April 1, 1941. On August 1, 1954, it absorbed the neighboring villages of Inagawa, Nishi-Yuza, Warabioka, Fukura, and Takase. In 2003, it joined discussions with regards to a possible merger with the neighboring city of Sakata; however, the merger discussions were closed on October 6, 2004 with Yuza electing to remain independent.
The economy of Yuza is based on agriculture and commercial fishing.
Yuza has six elementary schools, one middle school and one high school, along with one special education school.
- Jūroku Rakan Iwa
- Chokaizan Omoimi Jinja
Twin towns — Sister cities
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