Zaō, Miyagi

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Zaō

蔵王町
Zao Town Hall
Zao Town Hall
Flag of Zaō
Flag
Official seal of Zaō
Seal
Location of Zaō in Miyagi Prefecture
Location of Zaō in Miyagi Prefecture
Zaō is located in Japan
Zaō
Zaō
 
Coordinates: 39°05′53.1″N 140°39′31.2″E / 39.098083°N 140.658667°E / 39.098083; 140.658667Coordinates: 39°05′53.1″N 140°39′31.2″E / 39.098083°N 140.658667°E / 39.098083; 140.658667
CountryJapan
RegionTōhoku
PrefectureMiyagi
DistrictKatta
Government
 • MayorMurakami Eijin
Area
 • Total152.83 km2 (59.01 sq mi)
Population
 (August 2017)
 • Total12,384
 • Density81/km2 (210/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
- TreeJapanese white pine
- FlowerPeach
Phone number0224-33-2211
Address10 Oji-Enta-ji-Nishiurakita, Zaō-machi, Katta-gun, Miyagi-ken 989-0892
Websitehttp://www.town.zao.miyagi.jp/
Lake Onuma at Mount Zaō

Zaō (蔵王町, Zaō-machi) is a town located in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. As of 31 August 2017, the town had an estimated population of 12,384, and a population density of 81 persons per km² in 4,528 households.[1] The total area of the town is 152.84 square kilometres (59.01 sq mi).

Geography[edit]

Zaō is located in the Tōhoku region of northern Japan in southwestern Miyagi Prefecture in the Ōu Mountains, bordered by Yamagata Prefecture to the west. Parts of the town are within the borders of Zaō Quasi-National Park and Zaō Kōgen Prefectural Natural Park. Zaō has a humid climate (Köppen climate classification Cfa) characterized by mild summers and cold winters. The average annual temperature in Zaō is 12.0 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1287 mm with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 24.5 °C, and lowest in January, at around 0.5 °C.[2]

Neighboring municipalities[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Per Japanese census data,[3] the population of Zaō remained steady over the past 40 years.

Census Year Population
1970 14,037
1980 13,833
1990 14,074
2000 13,545
2010 12,882

History[edit]

The area of present-day Zaō was part of ancient Mutsu Province, and was part of the holdings of Sendai Domain under the Edo period Tokugawa shogunate. It was made part Katta District in the new Iwaki Province at the start of the Meiji period. The district was transferred to Miyagi Prefecture on 21 August 1876. The villages of Enda and Miyamura was established on April 1, 1889 with the establishment of the post-Meiji restoration municipalities system. The two villages merged on April 1, 1955 to form the town of Zaō.

Economy[edit]

The economy of Zaō is largely based on agriculture and forestry and seasonal tourism.

Education[edit]

Zaō has five public elementary schools and three public middle schools operated by the town government, and one public high school operated by the Miyagi Prefectural Board of Education.

Transportation[edit]

Zaō is not served by any passenger train lines.

Highway[edit]

Local attractions[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Zaō, Miyagi at Wikimedia Commons