Yuzawa, Niigata

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Yuzawa
湯沢町
Town
Kagura ski resort in Yuzawa
Kagura ski resort in Yuzawa
Flag of Yuzawa
Flag
Location of Yuzawa in Niigata Prefecture
Location of Yuzawa in Niigata Prefecture
Yuzawa is located in Japan
Yuzawa
Yuzawa
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 36°55′51″N 138°49′14″E / 36.93083°N 138.82056°E / 36.93083; 138.82056Coordinates: 36°55′51″N 138°49′14″E / 36.93083°N 138.82056°E / 36.93083; 138.82056
Country Japan
Region Chūbu
Kōshin'etsu
Hokuriku
Shinetsu
Prefecture Niigata Prefecture
District Minamiuonuma
Government
 • Mayor Kiyotaka Kamimura (since December 2005)
Area
 • Total 357.00 km2 (137.84 sq mi)
Population (1 September 2011)
 • Total 8,266
 • Density 23.15/km2 (60.0/sq mi)
Symbols
 • Tree Prunus sargentii
 • Flower Cosmos
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
City Hall Address 300 Kamitate, Yuzawa-machi, Minami-Uonuma-gun, Niigata-ken
949-6192
Website www.town.yuzawa.niigata.jp

Yuzawa (湯沢町 Yuzawa-machi?) is an onsen (hot spring) town located in Minamiuonuma District in the mountains of the Chuetsu region of Niigata Prefecture, Japan.

Demographics[edit]

As of 1 September 2011, the town had an estimated population of 8,266 and a population density of 23.15 persons per km². The total area is 357.00 km².

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Yuzawa, Niigata (1981-2010)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 2.8
(37)
3.3
(37.9)
7.2
(45)
15.3
(59.5)
21.4
(70.5)
24.8
(76.6)
28.2
(82.8)
29.9
(85.8)
25.1
(77.2)
18.8
(65.8)
12.6
(54.7)
6.3
(43.3)
16.31
(61.34)
Daily mean °C (°F) −0.5
(31.1)
−0.3
(31.5)
2.7
(36.9)
9.2
(48.6)
15.3
(59.5)
19.6
(67.3)
23.2
(73.8)
24.7
(76.5)
20.2
(68.4)
13.8
(56.8)
7.7
(45.9)
2.3
(36.1)
11.49
(52.7)
Average low °C (°F) −3.6
(25.5)
−3.7
(25.3)
−1.1
(30)
3.9
(39)
9.8
(49.6)
15.2
(59.4)
19.3
(66.7)
20.5
(68.9)
16.4
(61.5)
9.7
(49.5)
3.7
(38.7)
−0.9
(30.4)
7.43
(45.38)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 307.6
(12.11)
213.1
(8.39)
154.9
(6.098)
101.8
(4.008)
105.3
(4.146)
134.8
(5.307)
202.1
(7.957)
192.3
(7.571)
186.9
(7.358)
164.1
(6.461)
193.9
(7.634)
274.2
(10.795)
2,231
(87.835)
Average snowfall cm (inches) 411
(161.8)
319
(125.6)
186
(73.2)
41
(16.1)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
18
(7.1)
208
(81.9)
1,183
(465.7)
Mean monthly sunshine hours 57.6 73.0 102.8 146.4 171.0 132.8 134.1 157.9 102.9 103.3 89.6 70.4 1,341.8
Source: Japan Meteorological Agency

Ski resorts[edit]

There are a large number of ski resorts in the area. The town is served by the Echigo-Yuzawa and Gala-Yuzawa stations on the Jōetsu Shinkansen line, making it one of the most easily accessible winter sports areas from Tokyo, and the town's economy is reliant principally on skiing and snowboarding.

Cultural references[edit]

Yasunari Kawabata's classic novel Snow Country takes place in Yuzawa.[1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lindelauf, Perrin, "Finding the fabled Snow Country", Japan Times, 18 January 2009, p. 12.

External links[edit]